The 18-hole course at TalonsCove Golf Club hugs the northwest rim of Utah Lake, leading golfers on a shamrock-shaded jaunt backdropped by the craggy skyline formed by the Timpanogos Mountain. Architect Gene Bates designed the course in a links-style format, the ancient design scheme that features numerous deep bunkers, frustratingly high rough, and few trees bent on blocking flight paths and asking for group pictures right before an important shot.
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At Lokal's, the kitchen staff bakes its wings twice before serving them with a choice of 18 sauces, including mild, spicy, or extra hot. The wings complement the rest of the restaurant's sports-bar menu of burgers, sandwiches, and wraps.
Between Get Air Hang Time's two indoor locations in Orem and Lehi, more than 43,000 square feet of surface sprawls with wall-to-wall trampolines. Both centers' foam pits let jumpers land softly after launching from trampolines into feats of flips and twists, and Orem's AIRobics and Zumba classes bounce visitors into different means of exercise. Additionally, both locations let kids celebrate birthdays or recent promotions at the lemonade stand.
A waterfall cascades over a towering cliff. A few acres away, hundreds of thousands of tulips sway in the desert breeze where hay and barley once grew. Originally a dairy farm, the 55-acre Thanksgiving Point has bloomed into a museum complex and attraction with one-of-a-kind experiences, shopping, dining, and seasonal festivals. In Thanksgiving Point Gardens, trees and shrubs form divisions between 15 themed gardens modeled after a country estate, 13 acres of turf grass, and a 4,000-seat amphitheater beside a manmade waterfall—all of which flourish under the hands of 26 gardeners. Gardeners feed their plots using an intricate water-reclamation system, which harvests millions of gallons of runoff water and lizards' tears annually to transform the desert landscape into an assembly of global ecosystems.
The outdoor park is also home to Farm Country, a working farm where goats, pigs, and draft horses mingle with peacocks and wildlife photographers disguised as ostriches. Visitors delve into farm culture as they pet and feed the animals, ride ponies, and look in on the process of bottling milk. The Museum of Ancient Life explores life long before agriculture, exhibiting 60 complete dinosaur skeletons to a soundtrack of gurgling steams, insect chirps, and one jazz saxophonist. The museum also contains more than 50 interactive exhibits, including a simulated fossil dig.
Velocity Sports Performance’s staff emphasizes the importance of speed, strength, and agility to every one of its athletes, which in the past has included Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap. To help get their message across, the experienced fitness coaches create customized workout programs for adults and kids of all athletic abilities. They bolster the results by offering nutrition programs and staging the exercises on their facility’s array of top-notch exercise tools, including Olympic-style weightlifting equipment, sprint tracks, and indoor turf fields with picnic-table hurdles.
The guides at Elusive Fly Fishing lead groups of fish seekers to Utah's choicest spots for casting lines and reeling in big ones. Prime locales include points on the Provo and Weber Rivers along with a handful of smaller waterways, where clients can get their hands on Rocky Mountain whitefish and trout varieties such as brown, rainbow, and brook. Half- and full-day tours include all necessary gear and a sack lunch. Lessons are available for beginners or those who need help ironing out the kinks in their casts.