A signature Gene Bates–designed course, Saddle Creek Golf Club's 18-hole layout alternates between dense woodlands and open fields, all brought together by a winding, stone-lined creek that babbles across multiple holes. Encroaching trees, lakes, and angry linebackers loom throughout the front nine, where accurate tee shots must bisect unforgiving fairways. The course's second act takes golfers out of dense tree lines and into an open, links-style layout, where players must conquer deep bunkers, intervening waterways, and unfavorable lies wrought by mounded, Scottish-style terrain. Rounds end with dramatic flair at the 18th hole, where a two-tiered green tests how well players have adjusted to the slick, bentgrass putting surfaces and triangular holes that dot the entire course.
The club's Nineteenth Hole overlooks the emerald expanse, allowing golfers to relive glorious moments over frothy beverages, savory meals from the grill, or mouthwatering sports broadcasts by Brent Musburger on the diner's dual big-screen TVs and LCD projector.
Course at a Glance:
* Designed by Gene Bates
The certified personal trainers at Anytime Fitness teach clients how to magnify their muscle mass and purge excess pounds. In each one-on-one 30-minute session, fitness gurus help exercisers set new fitness goals, revise and personalize workout programs, and correct their form during strenuous pinkie lifts. A gauntlet of cardio and weight equipment assists trainers in shaping and molding their students. Fitness seekers can ascend a stair climber, burn calories on an elliptical cross-trainer, or prepare for a marathon on a treadmill equipped for iPod and iPhone adaptors. In the free-weights area, patrons can pump up biceps to prepare for mud wrestling an alligator.
Dr. Beautiful's board-certified physician, Dr. Stephanie Gafford, embraces both the latest in aesthetic medicine and powerful natural approaches to beauty. She uses technology, such as ablative and nonablative Fraxel lasers, Liposonix ultrasonic energy, and Thermage radio frequency, to custom craft treatment plans that slim waists and fade wrinkles, acne, and skin discoloration. Dr. Gafford also beautifies clients with skincare products such as skin-lightening Obagi-C Rx serum, Jane Iredale mineral makeup, and Oxygenetix breathable foundation, whose formula acts as a second skin to cover up scars and marks resulting from nuzzling pet porcupines.
Dance Murfreesboro's friendly hoofers welcome students of all ages and ability levels, whether they have twinkly toes or two left feet for hands. Two half-hour private lessons give rug cutters personalized instruction, setting the dance groundwork before building on skill sets in a group lesson. Select your personal prancing style from the class calendar, with courses including tango for beginners and west-coast swing. Then put learning into action at the studio's weekly dance parties, which kick off with short beginners' lessons in new styles before opening the floor to enthusiastic board-stompers. Dance Murfreesboro's top-notch instruction grants guests a stylish catalog of fancy footwork, with moves ideal for impressing a date or abandoned mannequin warehouse.
Dr. William Fitzgerald, who honed his topnotch dental skills at the University of Tennessee at Memphis, shepherds a squad of skilled technicians trained in a variety of services. Dr. Fitzgerald offers gift cards for services, and the office's treatment rooms feature mounted televisions, iPods, and the ghosts of tartar past, all of which entertain patients during cleanings, porcelain veneers, root canals, and teeth-whitening services. Prior to cosmetic work, Dr. Fitzgerald boots up a dental-imaging software program that shows patients a preview of their results and what they would look like if they had never lost their baby teeth.
An indoor rock-climbing gym, The Ascent resides inside a cavernous, warehouse-like building where the angled walls are studded with handgrips and gravity challenges participants on every ascent. The facility's top-rope walls stretch as high as 32 feet, and angled walls bevel off into challenging overhangs where chalky-handed patrons cling tightly during ropeless bouldering runs. When opening the gym, owner Jeff Hess—familiar with the passion of bouldering enthusiasts—made sure to leave room for a 2,500-square-foot bouldering area, now located in the center of the large open space.
Jeff's efforts to foster community through climbing have lead to some unique fusions at The Ascent. The new auto-belay system enables climbers to climb without need for a partner. Additionally, a partnership with neighboring Crossfit Murfreesboro now affords The Ascent's members a bonus benefit, access to Crossfit’s cardio and weight-training facilities.