On the 18 holes of Oak Hills Golf Course, water is in no short supply. At the center of the course lies a large, elongated lake, disjointed in two separate places by arcing bridges. The lake's outreaching arms come into play at six separate areas, swallowing up shanked tee shots, misjudged approaches, or illegal putts made with a corked putter. After completion of the 18th hole, the second of back-to-back par fives, more water awaits, as visitors have the opportunity to take a dip in the clubhouse pool or dump ice water over their own heads in victorious fashion at Amy's Grill.
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Though the staff at Honeysuckle Hill Farm cultivates livestock and crops of seasonal produce, its other chief resource is outdoor adventure. Through their seasonal tours, farm staffers teach adults and children about farm operations, the basics of agriculture, and which fabrics scarecrows find itchy. They also give visitors a chance to work their way through labyrinthine corn mazes. At birthday parties, younger visitors can pet the resident animals, pan for gemstones at an artificial stream, and race each other in pedal-powered carts. Away from the fields, Association for Challenge Course Technology–certified guides and their guests soar down a one-mile zipline course designed and built to ACCT standards. The guides lead tours through the course’s three elevated towers, three canopy-level bridges stretched across Battle Creek, and eight ziplines, which they maintain daily to chase away loitering vigilantes. Along the way, guides showcase their knowledge of the creek’s history while pointing out local flora and fauna.
For baseball fans looking for a serious environment to improve their skills, 3-6-5 Baseball Academy offers a 6,000-square-foot full-turf facility, as well as instructors who have all played at either the collegiate or professional level. Practicing baseball is as American as apple pie or as Dutch as appleflappen, which is why the gooey center of 3-6-5 Baseball Academy contains the indoor batting cages, pitching mounds, and the ProBatter Pitching Simulator. The simulator uses video effects to accurately mimic the feeling of batting against a Major League pitcher—without the hassle of cussing matches and an umpire whispering dark secrets in your ear.
The Masters School of Gymnastics hosts classes that are designed to teach students to do their best, not just in their favorite sport, but in everything they attempt. Instructors demystify all levels of gymnastics, from introductory preschool sessions to competitive classes molded by more than two decades of experience forging future all-stars. Besides nurturing physical skills through floor exercises, balance-beam work, and tumbling, the team also cements such ideals as respect, confidence, and discipline to equip students to succeed in the classroom and represent themselves during perjury trials.
Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club fuels club-wielding adventures with a secluded 18-hole championship course backdropped by sweeping mountain and valley views. Natural running streams and boulder formations wind along the 6,400 yards of conditioned fairways and varied terrain, allowing golfers to connect with nature while circumnavigating man-made pot bunkers and ninth-hole sphinx riddles. From an aerial perspective, the course layout resembles a figure-8 devoid of parallel holes, enhancing privacy midround. During 60-minute group-lesson clinics, a golf professional will lead you and up to nine other range-stationed players through proper techniques for putting, driving, chipping, and communicating with forecaddies via semaphore.