The course at High Lands Golf Club challenges visitors with 6,599 yards of tight lies, concealed obstacles, and fairway trees extending their unlucky limbs into players’ sightlines. Tree-lined fairways and immaculate greens yield some scenic vistas for players bashing orbs along the course’s serpentine length. The signature third hole starts players off from an elevated tee shot that must stay out of the out-of-bounds area on the left, but not drift too far right, where clearing the wooded ravine on the second shot would become impossible. The next shot onto the elevated green is made difficult by the black walnut tree guarding the green, making for an altogether difficult run at par. Toward the end of the round, players must face a gauntlet of obstacles on holes 16, 17, and 18 before heading in for the day. Named the “Bermuda Triangle” for the architect’s tendency to incorporate treacherous waterways and affinity for Bermuda shorts, hole 16 challenges golfers with difficult lies, slippery putts, and water hazards that loom large.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Four sets of tees per hole * Total length of 6,599 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 130 from the back tees
C.J. O'Malley's tap pullers pour hoppy pints of domestic and imported brews amid a festive Irish decor. Finicky palates judge assorted pints of draft beers, based on flavor, hoppiness, and how it looks in an evening gown. Popular 22-ounce brews such as Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA ($7), Guinness ($6.25), and LandShark ($5) bolster a lineup of classic and craft brewery products.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Glock Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Springfield
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 10-lane, indoor, cooled shooting range
Recommended Age Group: All ages
In discussing the impetus behind The Bullet Ranch, Sales Manager Jerry Carver points out that the founders?including outdoor sportsmen, former military members, and law-enforcement officers?"saw something missing in the industry ... the absence of a welcome mat." Rather than create just another shooting range that left customers on their own, they aspired to create a friendly, unintimidating environment where the staff greets them by name. In addition to providing advice when purchasing a firearm at the shop, these specialists fix mounts and scopes via gunsmithing services and instruct students in a range of classes. These include courses geared toward shooting an automatic rifle, pistol shooting for women, and qualifying to apply for a concealed-carry license.
Steven Garavuso wanted The Bullet Ranch to be different from other ranges. After a 17-year career in law enforcement, the NRA-certified pistol instructor sought to create a welcoming and inviting facility where visitors could feel comfortable and?most importantly?safe as they learned, practiced, and purchased new equipment. This dedication to a condescension-free environment permeates the center's classes, which include safety courses for various firearms as well as concealed-carry weapon training. Firearms, apparel, accessories are all available for sale, and the onsite gunsmiths lend their services by performing maintenance inspections and detailed cleanings. The Bullet Ranch also features an outdoor archery range with 10 90-foot lanes and movable targets.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be flexible to do yoga. Rather, the flexibility—both physical and mental—comes along with the practice. At Studio Om, students with any or no experience are welcome to try a variety of yoga classes. Class options include styles ranging from gentle or chair yoga to more vigorous Vinyasa yoga, depending on whether students seek a relaxing or invigorating session. The studio also holds Pilates and yoga fusion classes, as well as Holy Yoga sessions, which combine biblical Christian study with an all-levels yoga flow sequence.