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
Clear Creek Golf Center's nine-hole, executive layout spreads its fairways and greens across 1,665 yards of Kentucky countryside. With six par 3s and three par 4s, the course is anchored by the longest and most difficult hole, a 331-yard par 4 where players will feel compelled to unsheathe their driver or airlift their ball with a remote-controlled helicopter. The scaled-down layout offers closer tees and scoring designed for junior golfers, making it a sound venue for youngsters to master the game. Before rounds, players can stretch out their swings at the center’s 285-yard driving range or at the practice green, which features putting and chipping surfaces. In addition, head PGA professional Derrick Griffitts and his staff offer lessons and clinics for those looking to straighten out a chronic slice or actors researching for their starring role in a character study about a forlorn sand wedge. Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 30 course * Length of 1,665 yards from the farthest tees * Three tee options
As RHC Riding Academy’s head trainer, Erin Reid shares a passion for horses that began when her family founded RHC in 1985. A devotee to all things equine since age 5, Erin quickly caught onto the finer points of riding and has instructed students for the past 19 years. Barn manager Debra Reid, who discovered her life’s passion while growing up in Kentucky, managed 70 horses at a breeding facility in Southern California and unites her experience with Erin's. Together they oversee nine horses, several of which are Arabians—prized for their distinctive beauty and superior intellects.
Students come to the facility from all backgrounds to learn proper saddling and riding techniques. Erin supplements her technical training with lessons in horse psychology, helping students bond with steeds or to get them to open up about complex relationships with their mothers. Horses in need of discipline or a hay-filled couch on which to crash can be boarded and trained at the facility, which boasts box stalls, an indoor riding arena, and a large outdoor arena.
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.
Shelby County Parks and Recreation's Family Activity Center chauffeurs clients toward good health with a cohesive, family-friendly exercise facility, classes, a 25-yard swimming pool, basketball court, and wellness seminars. After an included fitness-equipment orientation, solo, familial, and cloned cardholders can get to work whittling ideal physiques atop resistance-training machinery or the gym's indoor track. Structured sweat sessions take place in more than 20 fitness classes, including Zumba toning, step, and seven yoga styles, held six days a week. The eight-lane pool also hosts a handful of fitness classes, including Willing Wonders, which works with water's natural resistance and Marco Polo's light ankle-pulling to imbue exercisers with newfound strength and flexibility. Fitness cardholders also receive free childcare for kiddies aged 7 and younger at the Family Activity Center's on-site nursery; check the group fitness schedule for the nursery's hours.
In a friendly, casual environment for sinews of all ages and fitness levels, Shelby Fit For Life starts every member off with one 60-minute personal-training session. An experienced trainer works with guests to assess fitness, note any special needs, and develop an exercise plan for quick and efficient results. Inside the fully equipped facility, treadmills and ellipticals toast calories, and a weight stack circuit and TRX suspension trainer expand muscles like puffer fish. Those favoring a more exotic approach can take advantage of Gyrotonics equipment to trigger memories of jungle-gym exploits or spice up workout routines with one of the included group classes. Students dance the night away in Zumba, find inner gurus with tai chi, or pack in strength, cardio, and core circuits in interval challenge. With keyless entry, Shelby Fit For Life stays open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.