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.
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.
The Abilene Ruff Riders sate adrenaline-craving eyes with an action-packed arsenal of tackles and high-flying passes, while trampling their competition. Strap in for the inaugural home game against the Corpus Christi Hammerheads, which pits buck against bite in a pigskin brawl, and marks the Ruff Riders' first challenge since joining the Southern Indoor Football League in 2010. Ruff Riders' mascot Rowdy the cowboy joins forces with a squad of dancing temptresses to incite fanfare and woo the visiting team into confused complacency. Fans can color coordinate with red-section seats while imitating the players' red and black insignia, eliminating the need to display support by inflating hands with bicycle pumps. Doors open at 6 p.m.
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.
When Master Philip Sage isn't teaching self-defense techniques at Abilene Martial Art Center, he's often using them to disarm criminals or defuse potentially dangerous situations. That's because in addition to being a martial-arts instructor, Sage serves as a police officer, law-enforcement instructor, and SWAT-team member. During classes held at the studio, Sage and his team of experienced instructors teach children and adults self-defense moves with real-life applications. The classes, which are tailored to different age groups, boost self-confidence while simultaneously increasing physical fitness.
Whether teaching whippersnappers self-discipline and respect or stepping into the cage for a full-body cardio workout, the instructors at Premier Martial Arts International work closely with students of all ages to pursue the safest and most fun martial-arts education possible. Focused on self-protection and personal development, family-oriented classes are held daily. They range in focus from brazilian jujitsu and mixed martial arts to krav maga and martial arts designed specifically for kids.