With the peaks of Turtleback Mountain lifting from the horizon just six miles away, the 18-hole Sierra Del Rio Golf Course traverses 7,331 yards of lush fairways buttressed by seven lakes. The course's immaculate greenery provides a stark, scenic contrast to the surrounding desert highland, and the high and dry air makes perfect conditions for adding distance to towering drives and height to 6-iron baton twirls. Brambly thickets loom on the edges of most fairways, threatening ill-struck orbs as players work through many high-risk, high-reward shots that earned the course the No. 9 spot on Golf Digest's most recent Best in State Rankings. On the 610-yard, par 5 10th hole, golfers must weigh the temptation to lay up or go for the green in two against the supreme difficulty of carrying 260 yards of grazing caddies and unforgiving water. A sprinkling of 89 bunkers further complicates pin-hunting expeditions, and seven tee options temper the course's relatively difficult nature.
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At School of American Kenpo, third-degree black belt Ron Hickey calls on 15 years of martial-arts training to instill each student with not only strength and technique, but also character, confidence, and inner peace in every class he leads. Though the roots of traditional American Kenpo run deep in the studio, Hickey encourages his students to blaze their own trails in their development in the martial art. From four-year-old fighters just starting out to older athletes with hopes of achieving a black belt, School of American Kenpo seeks to help every student achieve their personal, fitness, and self-defense goals.
Elephant Butte Lake is beautiful to look at—but it's more fun to explore. That's the idea behind Sports Adventure Marina. The company rents watercraft to people eager to spend a few hours out on the water, whether that means lying back on the sun deck of a pontoon boat, speeding behind a ski boat in a tube, or riding the wakes on a jet ski.
Creative Balloons & Invitations populates weddings, quinceañeras, anniversaries, and birthday parties with a wide range of invitations and celebratory packs of motley balloons. The DIY invitations provide a huge range of customizable invitation formats, none of which rely on yelling invites to a fête through a parking-cone megaphone. A $10 setup fee applies for in-store printing, and single invitation prices range from $1.20 for a 4"x6" card to $1.85 for a 6"x9" card. Ready-made invitations for birthday parties, anniversaries, and other momentous occasions also stand ready to entice recipients with heartfelt emotions and cavalier carousing. Form a helium-filled force field around a birthday bash or C-SPAN2 viewing party with a balloon arch ($6/foot; $10 travel charge for parties 6–25 miles from the store), or buy balloons one at a time ($.99 each) as an expression of inflatable individuality.
Gym Magic Sports Center & Preschool fosters healthy childhood growth with fun-focused fitness activities performed in a safe, noncompetitive environment. Teach future Phelpses how to thrive in the deep blue with a session of swim classes in the Lily Pad Swim School, a member of the US Swim School Association. In a shallow, indoor, kid-friendly pool filled with warm water to encourage comfort, instructors help novices grasp the basics and teach more experienced swimmers advanced techniques, such as the backward doggy-paddle and the walrus wade. Parent/child swim classes are offered to students from 6 months to 3 years old, and kiddies older than 3 learn to paddle sans guardian guidance. Classes run for roughly 30 minutes and maintain a maximum ratio of one teacher to five students to ensure optimal results and safety. Those already skilled in the trades of the sea can exercise their land legs in gymnastics classes for tumblers 12 months and older, with parent/child classes available for kids younger than 3. With skilled guidance, pint-sized acrobats will strengthen their bodies, minds, agility, balance, and likelihood of being the next Evel Knievel in an Olympic-size, foam-padded practice space.
Located at Lyles Family Farm, the Mesilla Valley Maze is one of New Mexico's oldest corn mazes, providing family-friendly fall recreation since 1999. Using a GPS-guided farm tractor, the Mesilla Valley Maze is transformed from a basic pencil sketch into a nine-acre patterned trail, offering a fun and confusing design that changes yearly. The farm allows visitors to the maze to use handheld GPS devices, and two different fun and challenging games help kids and their families navigate the creative confines of the labyrinth without conjuring the ghostly spirit of Leonhard Euler trapped deep within.