A private club, The Dogwood Hills Recreation Association whisks patrons away from workday stress and into the upscale comfort of its outdoor swimming-pool and golf facilities, which include a driving range, pro shop, and nine-hole golf course. With two distinct sets of back tees, the nine-hole layout takes the form of an 18-hole, 6,447-yard, par 72 course as golfers play through its bentgrass greens, bermuda fairways, and divot-dwelling gnomes twice over. Water hazards come into play on five holes, adding to Dogwood Hills' stately scenery and moderate challenges. Golfers can groom their game or upgrade their equipment by consulting the resident aces of the full-service pro shop or bulk up for more powerful drives with a meal of savory grill fare from the Dogwood Hills Clubhouse, which offers complimentary WiFi and permits entry for 9-irons that are housebroken and leashed.Course at a Glance:
Navigating 80 acres of wooded valleys is easy when you're flying. At Valley View Camp Zips and Adventures, you can navigate more than 2,000 feet of six zip-lines that traverse lush scenery, sailing over creeks, valleys, and a lake. All lines are overseen by certified staffers, who outfit visitors to safely navigate the course during up to two hours of hiking and racing across the zip-lines. Overnight facilities are also available, with cabins and tent sites to set up camp.
An array of gently used apparel and accessories eagerly await loving wardrobe homes through Second Chances' consignment program. Though inventory changes frequently, recent items have included Dooney & Bourke wallets ($20) and a like-new Coach bag ($75), which team up with skirts from Banana Republic ($14.99) or a flattering pair of Seven Jeans (all jeans less than $30). Among the fabric-filled racks, a selection of gowns ($100 and less) begs to be included in momentous wedding celebrations and trips before obedience-school deans. A dedicated formal room, replete with a multitasking style consultant, personal shopper, and seamstress, helps fashionistas make elegant selections like Judi Dench picking a kickball team.
At All About Health, Dr. Rick Clifford and a staff of qualified doctors and certified therapy assistants call upon chiropractic and holistic healing techniques to quell a range of aches and ailments. Dr. Clifford and his crew customize treatments based on exhaustive consultations debriefing the patient’s symptoms, health history, and favorite inspiring quotes. Careful chiropractic treatments can relive chronic pain and restore proper function to the nervous system, while the ancient art of acupuncture adjusts energy channels and alleviates a host of ailments—from the common cold to infertility—without medication. The team uses specific allergy elimination techniques, such as kinesiology acupressure and allopathy, to eliminate sensitivities. All About Health also staffs a crew of licensed massage therapists, who dole out soothing, Swedish strokes and craniosacral therapy.
Big D's scoops more than 40 varieties of superpremium ice cream, gussies up Nathan's Famous all-beef hot dogs, and dishes out neighborhood hospitality to hungry hoards. Guests to this friendly, family-owned eatery can cool tempers and temperamental taste buds by ascending on cones piled high with chocolate, turtle, and amaretto-cherry scoops ($2.65/single). Or, enjoy the semisolid sweets in their most sippable state with an old-fashioned shake or malt ($4.55–$5.75). A treasure trove of toppings—including white-chocolate syrup, Butterfinger bits, and freshly chopped Oreos ($0.55/each)—await to adorn customizable sundaes ($3.50–$5.50), and a classic banana split ($5.95) can be shared among friends or repurposed as an extremely perishable viking hat.