Cleaved through 600 woodland acres of stately white oaks, Amana Colonies Golf Course twists and turns over 6,824 yards of dramatically sloped terrain. Throughout the round, glassy ponds, burbling streams, and trees wielding catcher's mitts await ill-struck orbs, as golfers contend with elevation changes that complicate the distance of each shot and create many down- and uphill lies. A preround stint at the course's driving range would be advisable before taking to the relatively difficult course, as the hardest-rated hole awaits golfers at the second tee. As stick-flickers cruise to each well-struck drive, they can glimpse panoramic views of the hilly Iowa countryside over the tops of cresting fairways or through sudden breaks in the dense tree lines. The round may also bring stick-flickers in contact with area wildlife, such as deer, various waterfowl, and golf cart-squirrel cross-breeds.
After their pin-hunting expedition, aces can retreat to Amana Colonies' hilltop bar and restaurant, where crisp local beers slake parched mouths and hearty grill fare refuels weary muscles. Once duly refreshed, guests can meander to the pro shop for a snazzy golf shirt or new clubs to replace ones eaten by the neighborhood sword swallower.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,824 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.8 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 142 from the farthest tees * Five tee options
When Doctor of Chiropractic Kayla Davis tells her patients she's from Correctionville, some of them think she's being ironic, like when a plumber claims he's the Mayor of Pipetown. But Correctionville is a real place—a small town on the western side of Iowa. Having grown up there, Dr. Davis internalized many small-town traits, such as trust and a friendly disposition—both of which she uses to get to know her patients at Kay Family Chiropractic.
But friendliness alone won't heal pain. To do that, Dr. Davis applies low-risk chiropractic adjustments and massages, each calibrated to stimulate the body's self-healing abilities. She relies on these techniques in lieu of medication and surgery, which only target the symptoms of the problem instead of the source.
Doctor of Chiropractic Joe Stevens specializes in the Gonstead technique, a discipline centered on detailed assessments and precise adjustments. He uses it to fight vertebral subluxations, a term for when the movable bones of the spinal cord become misaligned and end up pinching nerves. And because these subluxations can occur at any point throughout life, Dr. Stevens trained with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association to gain the expertise required to help children, whose spines often become misaligned after they start to play sports or give piggyback rides to heavy imaginary friends. He's also currently racking up additional pediatric certifications.
The personal trainers of Drive Fitness, each equipped with at least five years of experience and certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, customize workouts based on clients’ needs during at-home personal training and group fitness classes. During either form of lesson, the instructors make use of services such as punching mitts, jump ropes, stability balls, and TRX Suspension Training.
Trixie, Chicken, and Zoe?a trio of horses?all live at Ventures Riding Center, where they work with kids of all ages during horseback-riding lessons. The riding program includes group and private lessons, and advanced training in western pleasure, horsemanship, and equitation. The horses can train in large indoor and outdoor arenas, or get their hooves on a basketball to start up a game of Horse during their off hours.
In 1928, a committee of Kalona professionals pooled their resources to transform an obsolete cornfield and pasture into a golf course, using a horse-drawn mower to sculpt a layout that originally sported sand greens and cost a quarter to play. More than 50 years later, the course was remodeled and expanded to Kalona Golf Club's current nine-hole layout, a 3,128-yard labyrinth where immaculate, bent-grass greens showcase the efficiency of modern landscaping, whereas rustic bridges and wandering milkmen recall the Club's humble beginnings. Named the nine-hole course of the year by the Iowa Golf Association in 1984 and 2010, the horticultural haven unfurls across pristine, rolling terrain that can create difficult lies, compounded by the presence of mature tree lines and two ponds that come into play on three holes. The course prohibits metal spikes, and players must provide their own set of clubs or titanium-plated sausage links.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 36 course * Bent-grass greens, winter rye and bluegrass fairways * Length of 3,128 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 34.7 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Link to scorecard