Golf differs from most sports in that it can be taken up at a young age and played for a lifetime. According to certified Master Golf Instructor Hank Oakes, becoming proficient at the sport takes time and patience?impossible to achieve over one lesson or round. In fact, Hank believes the threshold stands at six weeks, enough time for the instructor and student to sufficiently cover every facet of the golf swing from addressing the ball to backswing. Whether first time players or veterans with deeply ingrained habits, students concentrate on one part of the swing before moving on to the next motor skill?a methodical approach that produces more consistent ball flight, more sunk putts, and more divots taken home for dinner.
Escapades Family Fun Center offers a haven for familial delight where adults can kick back and release children ages 1–15 into the safe plastic jungles of kid-dom. A massive three-story play maze invites young mouse-interpreters to scurry through a series of twists and turns before exiting via slide. A sea of colorful orbs awaits in the ball pit, allowing future Olympians to perfect the plastic backstroke or float lazily as they sip invisible piña coladas. Toddlers will find miniaturized versions of both the maze and ball pit, designed for smaller-size thrill-seekers. While offspring frolic, adults can decompress in the Quiet Room and take advantage of free WiFi.
Cardinal Hills Golf Course caters to players of all ages and skill levels with three sets of tee boxes and a traditional layout strewn with manageable challenges. On the front nine, two ponds loom menacingly on holes 5 and 6, forcing wise club selection to avoid its murky depths or wise snorkel selection to search for ancient cartwrecks. Elsewhere on the course, eight bunkers impose their powers of intimidation and dense forests line the fairways, extending their boughs into many a flight path.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,338 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole.
Hot off the best turnaround season in recent memory, the Cardinals are poised to make another run at the NCAA Tournament. The team is ripe with returning stars, including three-point wizard Randy Davis and 2009–10 Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Jauwan Scaife, as well as talented newcomers. Together, they're poised to pick apart opponents such as Indiana State, Kent State, and Western Michigan inside the booming confines at Worthen Arena.