Designed by legendary golfer and course designer Arnold Palmer, King's Creek Golf Club’s 18-hole, 6,807-yard course meanders through a tapestry of winding creeks and dense tree lines. Stately stone walls run along the banks of several greens, forming a natural barrier to protect the course from rogue lawnmowers. Water comes into play on the majority of the holes, complicating drives and approaches as players advance toward each contoured bent-grass green. Clubbers cruise the course astride a GPS-equipped golf cart, which provides accurate yardages to each green and provides a bird’s-eye view of upcoming hazards so players don’t have to pay off dubious waterfowl. King's Creek Golf Club fosters preround warm-ups with practice facilities that include a grass-tee driving range and a putting green.
Course at a Glance:
* Designed by Arnold Palmer
* 18-hole, par 70 course
* Length of 6,807 yards from the farthest tees
* Course rating of 72.9 from the farthest tees
* Slope rating of 128 from the farthest tees
* Five sets of tees
Before Zombie Buffet 5K, the zombie apocalypse was simply a tall tale played out in movies and among survival enthusiasts. Now, the deliciously horrific fantasy has been realized in the form of a fun and challenging 5K. First, runners must choose a side—either traverse the course as a runner, or move about the infected habitat as a sprinting or roaming zombie.
Each runner gets two health flags, which zombies try their undead best to steal. When runners lose both flags, they become zombies and must then hunt down their fellows in search of other flags. The zombie with the most flags in each starting wave wins and goes home with the happy knowledge that they are the fittest of the unfit. The top three runners in each wave who finish with at least one health flag still intact will win the running division.
Regardless of their alignment, all participants get swag such as a Zombie Buffet 5K T-shirt, a silicone bracelet, and dog tags, but the running winners and zombie winners are bestowed additional secret grand prizes.
Though Shining Light Gymnastics offers more than just its namesake sport, gymnastics is this gym's bread and butter. An impressive staff has lead students into state, regional, and national champions in gymnastics, power tumbling, and rhythmic gymnastics. Demonstrating that it's never too early to get kids into fitness, the gym offers a special parent-and-child class that sees 12- to 36-month old tots spinning on bars and jumping around with the help of their parents. Kids as young as 2 take the mat themselves while learning the basics of tumbling and walking on the balance beams. As students progress through class levels, their routines become more difficult and their uniforms sprout more sequins. In addition to classes, the gym hosts birthday parties and activity-filled summer camps.
The chefs at Venue 10 serve heaping platters of Memphis-style pulled pork, buffalo-dusted potato chips, and chicken salad sliders made with apples, celery, and herbs. But the food is only half the reason to stop in. The environment, made up of heavy, glossy wood and rough exposed bricks, is just as appealing. Over in the Mixing Lounge, patrons kick back on cushy chairs and couches to enjoy craft beers and cocktails. And in the stainless-steel section dubbed "Cue," they challenge each other to games of billiards, with the loser having to either pick up the tab or wear a hat that doesn't fit for a few moments of mirth.
Replete with ornate gardens and a brick mansion fronted by towering, white columns, Rippavilla Plantation winds the clock back to the time of the Civil War. In the fall, the smells of bonfires and steaming hot chocolate fill the sprawling grounds as they host pumpkin paintings and other old-timey, outdoor fun. The Rippavilla corn maze tests internal compasses and scarecrow-bribing techniques on a 10-acre, labyrinthine path. As they pass through the maze, guests encounter signs that boast historical facts about major Civil War battles in 1862, putting them in touch with the site's legacy. For a plus-size serving of fresh, autumn air, guests can also board the hayride to circle the grounds, which are devoid of the sinister ghouls that often emerge at many fall festivals; instead, the grounds remain family-friendly throughout the night.
Christian Youth Theater helps nurture kids' artistic talents through theater arts classes and camps. Children between the ages of 4 and 18 glean tips from experienced teachers, such as how to safely perform slapstick stunts, design a set, and overcome their fear of auditions. To that end, the theater welcomes students to try out for its Broadway-style productions and to show off their skills in end-of-term showcases.