Anytime Fitness is a busy, popular fitness chain that works to remove common obstacles to working out. At any one of the 21 locations this Groupon is valid for, clients have 24/7 access to the gym’s cardio and strength-training equipment, and some locations offer group fitness classes, such as Zumba and small group training. Certified personal trainers are available to help those looking to take their workouts to the next level, and members can finish their exercise routines with a stop off at the onsite tanning booth to add a summery glow to muscles.
The race's runners squirm and snort at the starting line. Ham Bone, Miss Piggy, and Pork Chop may just be piglets, but in the course of one fall season at Dan-D Farms, they'll transform into world-class swine sprinters. Approximately every two hours, they'll storm down a 100-yard improvised raceway, complete with a water obstacle. That's right––a water obstacle. "Our pigs," farm owner Debra Kearney confirms, "can swim."
These riotous races are just one part of the lineup of events that overtakes Dan-D Farms each fall. Guests flock to this family-friendly affair to scramble over hay bales, feed wooly sheep, or test their sense of direction in one of two hay mazes. Each year for their maze, Debra and her family––including dad, Dan––devise a new design, but try to stick to things that are Iowa related. Past mazes have included the image of iconic Iowans such as native son John Wayne, and the ISU Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes mascots, as well as a reproduction of the American Gothic painting by Anamosa, Iowa–native Grant Wood. Each June, they begin marking the design into the 20-acre field, painting and flagging rows like boxes on grid paper, and then cut out the tunnels before the corn grows knee-high or develops the ability to cry. While this intricate, artistic design requires huge amounts of time and labor, less energy is spent carving out the separate haunted corn maze, where the fear-factor relies on simple twists and turns, instead of fancy effects or animatronics. "It's really not too hard," Debra says, "to scare people in a dark, dusty corn field."
Originally sculpted into the Knoxville hillside in 1922 using teams of horses, slip scrapers, and dynamite, Pine Knolls Country Club's semiprivate course gently rises and falls across nine holes of rolling parkland terrain. The course still retains the same basic design of the prototype, featuring relatively open fairways and two ponds that come into play on four holes, placing a premium on confident strokes or 9-irons that double as snorkels. The country club also invites midsummer revelry with a swimming pool, a stately clubhouse with a full-service bar, and speedo-clad golf carts.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Large greens and driving range
Pro Tip: Take advantage of the driving range to warm-up before your round of golf.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
Our course has concrete cart paths, which means that rainy days won't prevent golfers from playing.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Golfers will find the course to be a good test of skill as they enjoy playing across our spacious greens.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
During the week, it's generally easy to get on the course right away. However, the club does hold activities, so golfers are encouraged to call the pro shop before they arrive.
Race cars have been zipping down Eddyville Raceway Park's 1/8-mile drag strip ever since it opened in 1965, though you might have missed most of them if you blinked. Today, the IHRA-sanctioned track hosts 50 races per season, including weekend showdowns on Friday and Saturday nights. Oil-chugging crowds descend on the park for specialty events such as The Night of Fire, an annual showcase of funny cars, jet cars, and other vehicles that can reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. The 60-acre park is also home to a campground, a playground for kids, and a stable where motorbikes can sleep for the night.
Heralded by the Iowa Golf Association as the best nine-hole course in the state, the course at Cardinal Hills Golf & Swim guides players over more than 60 feet of elevation changes in hot pursuit of small, quick greens. The course first opened in 1916 and bears reminders of its almost century-old history with ancient trees that frame many of the holes and elderly squirrels that still refer to theirs as the "Greatest Generation." A large creek meanders along the western edge of the grounds, flowing through the fairway of the third hole and forcing players to carry their tee shot over it on the par 3 second hole.
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