The 18-hole course at Willow Creek Golf & Country Club stretches across 6,450 yards, bending around lakes and intersecting canals as it tunnels through a dense forest. Players must avoid sending golf balls into a shallow grave twice on the 15th hole, as tee shots must carry water to reach the fairway and approach shots must do the same to reach the green. On the par 37 back nine, three relatively short par 5s present birdie opportunities, with the 17th hole eminently reachable in two.
After rounds, players can head to one of the course’s culinary establishments—The Grill, The Dining Room, or the Fireside Room—to satisfy appetites and the need to brag about having the highest score.
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Brimming with 10 beers and an assortment of Old World festivities, Blue Moon’s Oktoberfest fills visitors with the customs and culture of Deutschland. Rather than bathing in a vat of mulled apple cider, guests can bask in the spirit of autumn by sampling seasonal brews such as Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Bob’s 47, and Warsteiner Oktoberfest (beer not included in today’s deal). Visitors will compete for T-shirts, hats, and the shotgun seat in the family Batmobile at a pretzel toss, where participants try to catch Bavarian snacks on plungers they’ve affixed to their heads. After running in the Bier Stein Challenge’s frothy relay race, fest-goers can devour hearty German cuisine from food vendors (food not included in today’s deal) or toast touchdowns with their new pint glasses as they watch a televised college-football bout. A silent auction will promote peace by raising funds for two veterans’ organizations, and a live band will help guests polka away animosity still lingering from the previous night's Monopoly game. Revelers may also enter a raffle ($1/ticket) for a chance to win Redhawks baseball tickets, a Coors Light golf bag, and a Boulevard tall metal cooler.
Earlywine Tennis Center helps amateur racket-wielders ascend to excellence with 12 well-lit outdoor courts and a fully stocked modern pro shop. Young beginners camps focus on imparting the fundamentals of the game to children age 5–9, and are held 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. More mature players looking to pick up a racket or those with prior forehand experience can take a swing at the older beginners or intermediates classes, which are designed for tennis lovers age 9–17, and are held 9 a.m.–11 a.m., Monday through Friday. Concentrating on footwork, score keeping, and ref flattery, older beginners or intermediates classes employ strategy and drills that become more challenging as the player's ability improves. Small class sizes ensure that each student receives individual instruction as focused as a laser beam viewed head-on through a microscope. All camps also include a free T-shirt and hard-court-flavored victory taffy.
The exotic animals at Tiger Safari have a more important role than just posing for people; they educate the public on conservation efforts. All of the park’s programs serve to educate others about the conservation needs of Earth’s wildlife in an effort to safeguard the planet’s ecosystems and the critters that live within them. With help from the park’s caretakers, lemurs, tigers, pythons, foxes, and monkeys venture to homes and picnics to celebrate birthday parties, corporate events, or graduation parties, all while trained staffers share facts about the animals’ diet and ecosystem. During safaris and camping excursions, groups of children journey through the park to catch glimpses of kangaroos, tortoises, crocodiles, and dads observed without their shirts tucked in.
The breadth activities at OKC Riversport is nearly as diverse as the natural terrain and wildlife that surround their locations. Adventure-seekers can test their mettle on the Air Express zipline and SandRidge Sky Trail, or explore the 13 miles of trails on a bike.
Like a cat equipped with scuba gear, OKC Riversport's visitors aren't relegated entirely to the land. Across Lake Overholser and the Oklahoma River, fleets of kayaks and standup paddleboards cut across the water. The sounds of drums fill the air as instructors teach students how to man the dragon boats—inspired by festive Chinese fishing vessels—or battle maritime knights. Pupils can discover a water sport for the first time or hone existing watercraft skills.
As a child, Shane Butler would pour through bodybuilding magazines, marveling at the bulging muscles and toned physiques of the men and women within their pages. His interest in fitness and muscle building would eventually bring him to competitions, where he earned the Oklahoma title in natural bodybuilding. Today, Shane Butler and his wife Jamie—a fellow aficionado of figure competitions—oversee their own private studio, drawing from their lifetime of training and competition experience to guide clients towards their fitness goals.
The Muscle-Licious gym abounds with 2,4000 square feet of traditional cardio and strength-training machines as well as functional equipment, such as sandbags, tires, and kettlebells. Here, instructors guide students of all fitness levels through boot-camp workouts, personal-training sessions, and posing classes. They also offer custom nutrition counseling, helping students craft proper meal plans in lieu of following a crash diet or burying their refrigerator in the backyard. The couple packs their onsite nutrition store with shelves of natural and effective nutritional supplements.
The dance instructors at Academy of Dance Arts lead recreational and pre-professional classes in ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop for students ages two and older. They also teach fitness classes for teens and adults including Zumba, Pilates, and yoga.