Designed to make use of four bodies of water, Eagle's Nest Country Club's bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens form a challenging track across a rolling, 6,409-yard layout. In play on six holes, the water hazards make their presence felt from the very first shot of the round, as drives launched with too much power from the first tee may wind up as Earth's tiny, second moon or in a pond positioned between the fairway and the green. As host of multiple statewide tournaments—including the 2008 and 2010 Kentucky Open Qualifiers and the 2009 Women's Senior State Amateur Championship—the course invites golfers across the handicap spectrum to test their mettle from any of the four tee boxes. Golfers can prepare for their round by warming up swings at the 300-yard driving range or cramming their bag with morsels from the snack bar to stave off hunger on the course or feed malnourished 3-woods. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,409 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 70.2 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 130 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
Just across the bay from the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky Dam Village is a modern campground comprised of 210 campsites, each equipped with water and electricity hookups. There's a cluster of service buildings at the center of the campground that offer modern amenities, too, including showers, restrooms, three dump stations, and a grocery store.
The 17,000-acre recreation area near the campground is a popular spot for bird watching as well as canoeing and bass fishing at its two lakes, Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. More than 200 miles of hiking trails crisscross the peninsula, ranging from short walks to lengthier routes. You can hike shorter portions of the 58-mile North-South Trail, which spans the entire length of the Land Between the Lakes. While hiking, you may catch a glimpse of wildlife including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, foxes, and coyotes.
Harry and Brenda Roaden know their history, so they're more than familiar with the name Richard Hollingshead Jr. In the 1930s, Hollingshead invented drive-in theaters after a series of experiments that involved setting up faux theaters in his driveway. At 27 Drive-In, the Roadens honor his vision with two outdoor theater screens, which glow with first-run releases and classic clips of Darth Vader falling out of a taxi. They broadcast movies' audio tracks over local radio stations, ensuring that viewers aren't interrupted by outside noise. Customers won't be bothered by hunger, either, as the aromas of pizza, burgers, and ice cream drift from the concession stand.
At True Flight Indoor Archery’s 14 indoor lanes, archers nock their arrows and let them fly to the targets 20 yards away, unimpeded by the errant breezes and impatient arrowhead collectors that so often spoil perfectly aimed shots outdoors. Shorter 10- and 15-meter lanes level the field for newbies to hone their technique, and the staff—affiliated with the National Archery in the Schools Program—imparts basic skills during private lessons. The shop also sells equipment from brands such as Martin Archery, Lancaster Archery Supply, and Maple Leaf Press, outfitting avid shooters with bows designed for marksmanship, hunting, or launching spare sets of castle keys down from the bastion.
Sure, there's mud. Like many other 5ks across the country, the Lion's Chase will get you dirty. But its creators take the most pride in the race's obstacles. From a 20-foot shear rock wall to a 75-foot cable walk over a pond, the trek through 250 acres of trails, creeks, and waterfalls is packed with challenges. Although the course offers a sort of sylvan paradise, it's only 90 minutes from Lexington and 75 minutes from Knoxville, making it easy for city-dwellers to attend.