The Arkansas State Parks fete vibrant visitors and loping locals alike with a dizzying array of landscapes, natural and cultural resources, and myriad learning opportunities at parks scattered throughout the state. Familial units with children 18 and under can flex their pass muscles multiple times throughout the year at a wide range of museums, gleaning valuable state knowledge while conversing with park guides or well-read white-tailed deer.
The First Tee of Central Arkansas welcomes golfers with two distinct challenges: a championship-length nine-hole course and a par-3 nine-hole course. The longer of the two, the par-36 Chairman’s course sends golfers swinging across 3,428 yards of fairways lined with sparsely populated groves of trees. A golfer who is confident with a driver or shower-curtain rod can conquer the course’s lengthier holes, which include 539- and 551-yard par 5s and a 475-yard par 4 that is the course’s most difficult, due in part to a water hazard that hugs the left side and a misplaced track-and-field commentator who encourages the use of the flagstick as a javelin. For a more leisurely round, players can test their short iron skills on the par-3 Honors course, which features holes that range from 65 to 113 yards in length.
Along with its public courses, The First Tee of Central Arkansas uses the game of golf to teach local youth life skills through Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy. The academy reaches out to low-income and special-needs children, providing free access to the program as a means of enriching their lives and preparing them for the future.
Unity Martial Arts is the first school in Arkansas to teach Cuong Nhu, a mixed martial art with a traditional feel and no contracts. Classes are offered for kids and adults all week long. Special events and summer camps are on the website along with a class schedule and video demonstration.
Students at Ahrang Martial Arts come away from classes fitter, lighter, and well versed in a variety of martial arts. From kickboxing and tae kwon do to muay thai and MMA, Ahrang's classes cater to students of all ages and ability levels. The company is so confident in the effectiveness of these classes that it guarantees students will lose 10 pounds after just six weeks of enrollment.
The Golf of Castle Valley course bounds over gently rolling hills as it wraps around Coulter Lake through thick stands of mature trees. Golfers can tee off an unlimited number of times on the club's 18-hole course, slowly building a mental map of each area until every dogleg, water hazard, and tricky green is as familiar as the national anthem or the national butterfly. Practice approach shots along the bank of Coulter Lake, or chip shots past winding streams and the stretching limbs of trees along each fairway.
The six target greens and 350 grassy yards of landing area at Mulligans Golf Range & Bobby Wilson Teaching Center bolster gameplay alongside swing-honing lessons from certified instructors, including three-time World Long Drive champion Bobby Wilson. Golfers can tee off year-round and in any weather conditions from 10 lighted and covered stations, emptying two medium buckets of balls (180 total) across a peaceful verdant landscape punctuated only by the sporadic encouragement of cheerleading Scotch Highlanders. Long-driving neophytes with dreams of golf-ball domination can rework swings and locate sweet spots under the tutelage of certified golf pros during hour-long lessons. Instilled with new fairway-conquering wisdom, guests can showcase golf and culinary skills alike as they line up their shots from a natural grass tee and pepper the greens with a small bucket of 45 balls.
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