An effective golf swing features several moving parts working in one smooth motion: a controlled backswing, a still head, a well-timed release of the wrists and turning of the hips. At Tomball Golf, golfers can hone their swings with the help of golf instructors and swing-analysis technology from the climate-controlled comfort of an indoor training facility. The studio's golf simulator lets clubbers partake in a round of golf or driving-range session—aided by dazzling graphics and advanced ball-flight-tracking sensors—without making themselves susceptible to rainstorms or the airplane surveillance of rival golfers. Tomball Golf's staff of instructors also offer lessons for golfers of all ages and abilities, making use of the facility's indoor swing-tracking devices and putting green as well as an outdoor short-game area.
With a full line of clubs from major brands including Taylor Made, Mizuno, Ping, and Titleist, Tomball Golf furnishes upgrades for players with aging wedges or drivers that requested to be melted down and used to build space shuttles. The facility's club-fitting technology ensures that golfers are getting the most out of their equipment by matching their swing and body type with their ideal club set.
Rose-Rich Veterinary Clinic expanded its pet-care services with the opening of its 10,000-square-foot facility in 2010. Cat condos built into a bay window, separate checkup, surgery, and treatment rooms, an isolation ward, and eight themed luxury dog suites are among the new amenities at the clinic, which first started serving the community’s furry friends nearly 50 years ago. The facility also makes room for six veterinarians and an animal-care team that keeps boarded pets fed, exercised, and up-to-date on global news.
For all that’s changed and improved with the recent expansion, much has stayed the same. Dr. Charles McDonald, who founded the practice back in 1964, is still a part of the medical team—now he specializes in large-animal care—and Dr. Tucker Robinson, who joined Dr. McDonald in 1966 as a young Texas A&M grad, is still there, too, looking after the smaller patients.
The owners of Barker Street Gourmet Dog Bakery and Boutique first found they loved helping canines while volunteering at a local animal shelter. That experience led them to create their own nonprofit dog rescue and later a bakery specifically serving their four-legged comrades. At Barker Street, they use only human-grade ingredients, such as real eggs and peanut butter, and eschew the use of preservatives and processed sugars. Veterinarians also approve of the natural recipes on their menu, which includes wheat-free, vegetarian, and vegan treats for dogs with specific needs.
Barker Street's storefront is often filled with the smells of chicken, bacon, banana, or carob wafting from the treats baked fresh there each day. The bakers also build custom dog cakes by sculpting round, square, and bone-shaped desserts into layers of banana-carob chip, apple cinnamon, or carrot ginger. They then coat their cakes in frostings such as cinnamon or peanut butter cream cheese, which can be tinted in nine bright colors. The bakers supply their desserts through pickup or shipping, and they also bring treats to appearances at local pet festivals and pet-related events.
Since 1980, family pets have flocked to Man's Best Friend, where they’re cared for all day and night. After passing a behavior evaluation, doggies can check in for daycare to run and frolic in exercise yards or sit perfectly still to feel the rotation of the Earth. During overnight stays borders sleep in private and climate-controlled kennels and can enjoy grooming sessions such as haircuts and nail trimmings. While pets enjoy their furry companions, their owners can attend training programs to learn how to teach pooches obedience or home-protection skills.
Though Willow Creek Ranch of Tomball is a tranquil pet resort and boarding facility, the calm atmosphere is occasionally shaken up by the sounds of enthusiastic instruction. Rail fences run throughout the private ranch, designating areas for both horses and dogs. Near the central onsite pond, hounds can often be seen leaping off the dock, paddling, and playfully yapping at the mailmen of their daydreams.
Just a bone’s throw from the pond, trainers assist guests with such equine and canine skill sets as grooming, tacking, and riding. Resident behaviorist Amber—who holds a certification from the National K9 School for Dog Trainers—helps students navigate all manner of caring endeavors. For instance, she can help owners as they prepare for the arrival of a new baby or elegantly explain to dogs how to retrieve news stories online.