At Pine River Stables, experienced equestrians and instructors pair guests with patient, well-trained horses for lessons or scenic rides through more than 100 acres of rustic expanse. For more than 40 years, expert instructors have been teaching horsemanship and proper riding techniques. Trails weave throughout the land, leading riders over peaceful hills and meadows and alongside a seasonal creek that migrates south every winter to become a Florida beach rivulet.
The ACE-certified instructors at Endurance Fitness, Metro Family Fitness, and Viking Fitness help clients overhaul their health with up-to-date fitness equipment and a lineup of motivating group fitness classes. Build endurance and test out newly added extra limbs by completing circuits on cardiovascular and weight-resistance training machines available at all locations. Exercisers pump body pistons on a cadre of treadmills and elliptical trainers or heft towers of weights pilled atop Nautilus and Body Masters pin selectors. Some gym locations distract athletes from nagging muscles with cardio entertainment stations, where suspended flat-screen TVs cheer them on with their favorite shows and repeat broadcasts of the Coach opening sequence.
FunFlicks Outdoor Movies’ inflatable screens transform backyards, gymnasiums, and parks into pop-up cinemas, complete with the accessories needed to screen media of all types. Helpful attendants drop off and set up the screen for an evening’s viewing, along with high-definition projectors, DVD and Blu-ray players, and booming audio equipment or an optional short-range FM broadcast. Screens in 12’ and 18’ sizes provide intimate viewing for groups numbering in the dozens, whereas behemoth 45’ screens can support audiences of more than 5,000 or act as a comfortable air mattress for a sleepy giant. The rentals can also be used to display slide shows, video games, and live television, and additional amenities such as popcorn machines provide guests with theatrical comforts.
Each day, from eight in the morning until it gets too dark for carts to stay awake, players tee up dimpled orbs for serene rounds of golf at Deer View Golf Course. Founded in October of 1963, the nine-hole course winds over the triangle of land formed by Speaker Road to the south, a forest grove to the west, and a babbling irrigation stream that forms the hypotenuse. After rounds, players can refuel chili, drinks, and ribs at the course's restaurant and bar.
The 18-hole course at Arkona Fairways entices golfers with lush, tree-lined fairways and fast greens. From the rolling inclines of the back nine, swingers can gaze out for miles, allowing them to quickly spot golf balls in argyle pants. The course’s signature 18th hole stretches out for 405 yards and challenges players to match a par 4 while tackling a dogleg right laden with traps and conquering a green in the shape of the Eiffel Tower. Burgers and wings sate post-round appetites while golfers lounge in the shade of patio umbrellas of Mulligan's Bar & Grill.
Though the layout is welcoming to all golfers—from weekend warriors to players with scratch handicaps—danger is never far at Rattle Run Golf Course. Pine forests are an ever-present threat, lurking just outside the primary cut of rough, beyond most of the greens, and in flashbacks triggered by pine-scented air fresheners. Meanwhile, 78 bunkers and several water hazards enter the picture on 15 of the 18 holes, ensnaring many golfers who play more aggressively than skill and conditions permit. On the other hand, those golfers who can keep their golf balls on the short grass likely find these rugged natural features to be picturesque, and choose to admire their beauty over drinks on the clubhouse's wrap-around balcony.