Named after the prolific course architect who sculpted its front nine in 1927, Donald Ross Golf Club offers an 18-hole, par 72 layout that cleaves through groves of towering trees. Though the longer of the two nines, the front eases golfers into the round with more straight-forward holes—three of the four opening holes are among the five easiest on the course. More difficult terrain awaits on the back nine, where golf balls may be lost or set free in a stream that cuts across six different holes.
The Club offers a practice green where golfers can get a feel for the speed of the course conditions by chipping, putting, and slip-and-sliding across its grassy surface. In the event of inclement weather, players can head inside, where a Foresight golf simulator offers digital recreations of rounds at Carnoustie, Cog Hill, and other world-famous courses.
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Devoted to fostering Fort Wayne's cycling community, Peloton Cycling Center equips its indoor arena for year-round training with stands for stand-still biking and CompuTrainer technology, which helps simulate the great outdoors while increasing your cycling speed by 2 to 4 mph and your power by 20% to 30%. During their month of access, serious cyclists will get to training-montage for their next competitive velocipede endeavor in an ultrafuturistic environment safe from the vagaries of time and the bitter chill of Midwestern winters. Groups of six to 12 people can ride the same "course" together simultaneously, while individual speeds, heart rates, distances, calories burned, and more are fed back to riders on display screens. Interactive course videos simulate Ironman courses for an immersive experience that only lacks bear attacks and alien abductions for wilderness realism, while additional 3-D software goes the extra mile to pump up the reality fog.
Around the 10,000-square-foot TX Training Center facility, instructors lead a host of tumbling and cheerleading classes for beginners and advanced students that take advantage of trampolines and a competition-size spring floor. Alternatively, fitness courses include energetic Zumba dance classes, the cardio-kickboxing workouts of TurboKick, and spinning sessions led by a certified instructor.
Back Nine Family Fun Center condenses fun into the small, dimpled orbs of golf balls. At its driving range, clubs propel these balls as players hone each aspect of their swing. A nearby mini-golf course offers opportunities for good-natured family competition and successful confrontations with a windmill, and a pro shop stocks used clubs.
Sycamore Golf Clu is an island of shimmering emerald stamped onto an ocean of rolling beige. Once a wide-open farmland, the 100-acre parcel underwent major changes in 1961, when landscapers cleared away the wheat fields and cow communes to make way for the expansive 18-hole course. Today, the charm of the land remains thanks to a trio of ponds and two creeks that make their presence known on 15 holes, all of which are surrounded by newly planted tree groves.
True to the down-home feel of the area, Sycamore Golf Club is managed by the husband-and-wife team of Todd and Kathy Sandow. Kathy minds the pro shop and ushers twosomes and foursomes onto the first tee. And Todd, a PGA Professional, helps with club fittings and lessons for players of all levels.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,311 yards from the back tees * Course rating of from the back tees * Course slope of from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard