Tucked amid the shadows of eucalyptus trees and mexican palms, Buena Vista Golf Course roams across 6,710 yards of dramatically undulating terrain. Throughout the par-72 layout, golfers grapple with uneven lies wrought by the hilly topography, as well as large, contoured greens that require a soft touch with the putter. As players make their way from tee to green, hillcrests offer glimpses of the surrounding farmland, the two lakes that comprise Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Center, and distant mountains as they ripple out into the horizon and hide the unsightly edge of the earth. Guests looking to polish their game can consult Buena Vista's two PGA Class A professionals, who offer private lessons and club-fitting services.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Total length of 6,710 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 72.9 from the back tees
Slope rating of 124 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
More than a mile above the earth's surface, a camera captures an exciting action sequence worthy of James Bond's childhood home movies. Two people jump from the belly of an airplane to free fall towards the ground, until a parachute deploys at just the right moment?with all of it caught on film.
Though it may seem like the work of a Hollywood director, this scene is actually the project of one of Skydive Taft's USPA-certified tandem instructors, who wear special cameras on their gloves to capture stills and videos of each person's jump, including their thrilled expression as they hear birds' shocking gossip. To set the scene, before they exit the plane, soon-to-be jumpers receive a comfortable ride in a Beech 99 aircraft that quickly gains altitude. Not only does Skydive Taft supply an elite aircraft, they also provide professional instructors who make the safety of all jumpers a priority. Once back on the ground, the team edits the raw media into a movie complete with music and personalized effects. More adventurous jumpers can also join the company's accelerated free fall program, which teaches people to skydive solo.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
The male and female firearm experts of American Home Defense shape their shooting and self-defense classes around legal regulations with an emphasis on personal safety. In private shooting lessons, students learn to handle three of the most common handguns and home-defense classes equip participants with the know-how to protect their families from intruders or a neighbor's moat monster.