Though the layout is welcoming to all golfers?from weekend warriors to players with scratch handicaps?danger is never far at Rattle Run Golf Course. Pine forests are an ever-present threat, lurking just outside the primary cut of rough, beyond most of the greens, and in flashbacks triggered by pine-scented air fresheners. Meanwhile, 78 bunkers and several water hazards enter the picture on 15 of the 18 holes, ensnaring many golfers who play more aggressively than skill and conditions permit. On the other hand, those golfers who can keep their golf balls on the short grass likely find these rugged natural features to be picturesque, and choose to admire their beauty over drinks on the clubhouse's wrap-around balcony.
The grisly figures of the undead besiege the grounds of Scarefest Scream Park, where intrepid visitors tour unearthly edifices and lurid landscapes. An eerie hayride leads visitors through the town of Sowin, whose streets are populated with the souls of depraved maniacs and merciless calculus teachers. Encountering terrifying figures and ghastly horrors, patrons grasp their way through the labyrinth-like Castle of the Dead, or hike through the Forest of Darkness to research undead wildlife in its natural habitat. Visitors can wander through the walls of the Terror Zone Maze, confounded by twisted passageways and a total lack of GPS reception.
With a pair of 18-hole courses, Oak Ridge Golf Club presents golfers with very different golfing experiences. The Old Oaks Course is the older of the two, with features that classify it as a quintessential parkland course, including shallow bunkers, large greens, and a range of trees?ancient deciduous trees, towering pine trees, and trees that will hide golf balls to avenge all fallen three-woods. The younger Marsh Course actually draws its inspiration from the classic links style, the oldest mode of course architecture developed in Scotland. Here golfers contend with small, hard-to-read greens, deep pot bunkers, and almost no trees to contain errant shots.
The Marsh Course at a Glance * 18-Hole, Par 72 * Total length of 6,706 yards from the back tees * Slope rating of 131 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
The Old Oaks Course at a Glance * 18-Hole, Par 71 * Total length of 6,580 yards from the back tees * Rating of 71 from the back tees * Slope of 119 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
C.J. Barrymore's encompasses 25 acres brimming with energetic laser tag, a vast arcade, and various other attractions for the young, young-at-heart, and young-at-spleen. With four laser-tag tickets, tyke clans ages 7 and up can simulate battle tactics through fog and pylons in 15-minute team-based matches that, much like court hearings, come enhanced by a roaring sound system and spectacular light shows (a $24 value). Meanwhile, joystick junkies can feed their 132 tokens to myriad arcade games in the neon-lit game room, including old-school favorites such as Ms. Pac-Man and the hands-on sportitude of basketball and air hockey (a $25 value). After all tokens have been spent, gamers can redeem their earnings at the prize counter, choosing from hundreds of rewards to take home, and become the envy of all the neighborhood playground pals and reclusive Peter Pans.
Helmed by 18-year veteran coach and former collegiate gymnast Shannon Hunt, Hunts' Gymnastics Academy trains students of all ages in gymnastics and cheerleading. A staff of passionate, experienced instructors lead sessions of competitive and recreational gymnastics, tumbling, and competitive cheer, with classes specifically designed for pupils ranging in age from preschool to high school. The expansive, colorful facility fosters not only intensive study of gymnastics, but fun, engaging play with floors full of trampolines, foam pits and obstacle courses. Classes are also offered for children with special needs, which promotes social interaction while developing physical fitness skills and self-esteem.
Hickory Hollow Golf Course has a storied history, as golfers have been squaring up tee shots on the dogleg-left first hole for more than 50 years. Players are drawn to the par 73's healthy mix of open expanses and tighter, tree-lined fairways, as well as the dramatic closing holes on both the front and back nines. The approaches on these finishing holes are remarkably similar: they incorporate a winding creek that fronts a green guarded by bunkers, setting up for a difficult-to-read putt that either incites a celebratory player pileup or leaves golfers further down the scorecard.