Designed by architect Buck Blankenship, the fairways of Shelbyville Country Club's 18-hole course circumnavigate a horseshoe-shaped lake and they gently rise and fall over the rolling hills of Shelby County. Narrow fairways lined with mature trees offset the course's relatively short 6,400-yard length, setting the tone for a round that rewards accuracy and course management over flashy drives and flame-decaled golf bags. A fully stocked pro shop lies at the course's trailhead, offering players the latest in clubs and gear, and a staff of two resident aces stands ready to adjust swings and impart strategic advice during private and group lessons. Along with the immaculate landscape, Shelbyville Country Club boasts two outdoor tennis courts and an Olympic-size pool featuring a gated kiddie pool and play area, all of which are patrolled by a lifeguard and Mark Spitz's mustache.
Course at a Glance:
Course rating of 71.7 from the back tees
Slope rating of 122 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
Max yardage is 6,379
Hoofbeats resound across cropped-turf grounds at Shelby Trails Park Equine Education Center. Here, 25-year equestrian Corinne Bradley teaches dressage and jumping techniques to riders of every stripe, from beginner to advanced to honorary centaur. She works with all ages but especially enjoys teaching young people, perhaps because she was only a child herself when she mounted her first horse. By the time she got to high school, she was steering her steeds through full-on equestrian events. Today, Bradley manages an equine paradise. Indoor riding areas introduce barn stormers to their mounts in a controlled environment, and winding trails encourage human and beast to bond while taking in the scenic countryside.
A student of the Parelli way of riding, Bradley’s style emphasizes the horse-rider relationship. Through the Parelli philosophy, students learn to communicate effectively with equines, earning the horses’ trust by eating salt licks and respecting how they react to their natural environment.
Licensed massage therapist Shelley Steeves steams towels, their heat radiating as she places them on a patient’s back, warming the skin before her fingers get to kneading out tension and stress. Clients return to Sacred Beauty again and again for such tension-reducing services, each of which is catered to the client’s needs and time constraints. Shelley’s signature Serenity massage couples the long strokes of Swedish massage with warm towels and the aromatherapy of essential oils, locking clients in a soothing embrace for a quick 30-minute session, or as a longer service or package. During a hot-stone massage, smooth, warm rocks dissolve sites of tension and epidermal surfaces soften during a sea-salt body scrub, which leaves just a hint of the sea, or enough to convince you that actually going to the ocean is overrated.
The spa therapists at Spa by Lenice cosset clients with indulgent treatments for the skin and body. During the 90-minute spa facial, aestheticians dissolve surface grime with sudsy solvents before pilfering pores with extractions and exfoliating loose-leaf cells. While a mask nourishes hungry mugs, complexion curators navigate the hands, feet, and the upper body, untangling musculature knotted from bench-pressing pianos. Those opting for the spa package begin with a body wrap, during which technicians dry-brush skin before painting limbs with moisturizing elixirs. Afterward, a vichy shower cleanses reclining patrons for their Swedish massage, a parade of gentle effleurage strokes across tense figures and their sympathy-pained shadows.
Ear’s What’s Poppin’ pops tasty kernels to perfection using locally grown, non-genetically-modified corn. Skilled crop converters expertly burst batches of gourmet popcorn ($4/small, $7/large) in an oversized kettle while welcoming customers to snack on sea-salted samples or use them to practice hook shots into the mouths of passersby. Ear’s What’s Poppin’s kettle corn contains no trans fat, no preservatives, and no cholesterol, making it a more healthful alternative to its buttered brethren.
Thorntons independently distributes gas while hosting clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. With this deal, you’ll get to power your car, truck, van, or tail-finned Zeppelin with E-85 Flex Fuel, which is a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions. This Groupon also gets you either a complimentary cup of Thorntons’ 100% Arabic, slow-roasted coffee or a crisp fountain beverage, which can be infused with free flavor shots.