Maxwell Municipal Golf Course's 18-hole layout provides a challenge for players of all ability levels. A lake threatens approach shots on several holes, and a steam snakes along and across fairways, forcing players to choose clubs wisely. The course plays at 6,129 yards from the back tees and 5,031 from the forward tees; be sure to hit the driving range and chipping area before your round to warm up. Grab a soda and a candy bar at the turn for a burst of energy going into the back nine.
Abilene Dental has been straightening errant incisors under the expert guidance of Dr. Christie M. Leedy for many moons. The dentistry features orthodontists specially trained and certified in the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unpatched eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of mouth terrain ($325 value), will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer; this Groupon gets clients $1,000 to put toward that final cost.
Diamondback Golf Club's 12-acre practice facility packs a wallop of club-based fun, including a full driving range, sizable putting green, and sand-flanked pitching area. Two brimming pails of dimpled orbs savor escapes from mini golf's frightening clowns as guests launch their contents across 75,000 square feet of teeing area. After fine-tuning their long game, golfers can feel free to tap around a 10,000-square-foot putting green to hone precision cup-seeking skills. To cap off a day of boosting golf bona fides or to presage a marvelous on-course performance, visiting club wielders can knock balls over groomed sand traps and onto a chipping green to prevent confused sea turtles from sneaking up and burying unhatched golf balls.
Named Choice Fitness Center by readers of Abilene Reporter-News, Hendrick Health Club helps health-conscious Texans watch waistlines in an upscale facility filled with high-quality workout machines and a variety of fun classes. With 10 visits to Hendrick’s gym equipment and classes, fitness-seeking folk can fit several types of exercise into their schedules or human-sized fanny packs.
Master Chip Townsend and his team of intrepid instructors boost the discipline and self-esteem of students of all ages with engaging martial-arts classes. Children and adults alike can enroll in Traditional Tae Kwon Do or Hapkido classes that instill students with the virtues of self-control, strength, and amateur carpentry. The Mixed Martial Arts program hones the skills of adults at green belt and above with a strong base in either traditional tae kwon do or hapkido, and Little Dragons classes takes youngsters ages 3–6 and teaches them how to develop enough confidence strike a knot stance on the surface of a ball pit without sinking. The fully equipped facility also hosts a once-a-month free women's self-defense class and occasionally features a weight-loss boot camp.
Experienced Zumba instructor Amy Quinonez leads participants through fat burning, dance-fueled fitness classes five days a week. Created by choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez, Zumba decimates calories and burns fat with easy-to-follow dance moves set to cardio-boosting, Latin-inspired rhythms. During the last 20 minutes of each one-hour session, Amy leads students through a Zumba abs routine, crunching cores with aerobic regimens and interpretive reenactments of Paul Revere’s Ride. Most classes consist of about 20 students, and Amy frequently updates the music and choreography to keep class as fresh as the air wafting from a laundromat in an orange grove.