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.
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.
The inspiration behind the doggy-sitting business For The Love of Dogs lies, simply, in its name. Its owners always owned and cared for dogs, discussing the shortcomings or successes of other pet-care services. Finally, they decided to do dog-sitting right, so they got their own facility and haven’t stopped having friends over to play since.
The owners outfit their play space with rubber floors—easy on joints young and old—and provide nontoxic toys for the pups to chew on. They watch over canines in owners’ stead from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, even sitting from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. They reward well-mannered visitors with treats from The Barkery, a line of dog treats made from organic ingredients. Each visit includes grooming—a service that the staff offers separately—along with training services and professional waste removal for yards and doghouses due to be rented out to misbehaving spouses.
Sherry Frankel loves horses. An equestrian since childhood, she has taken part in competitions and lessons at many notable American Saddlebred training farms. She passed on her passion to her daughters, Lindsay and Lauren Greenwald, and together they run SGF Winning Ways Farm. Its championship-winning staff teaches every aspect of horseback riding and care from the fundamentals of horseback riding to stallion stud services and jumper training. Additionally, training programs and classes rotate seasonally, with detailed camps in the summer and lessons on how to teach your horse to build snowmen with you in the fall. Members' horses can also be boarded in grass turnout paddocks and 60-foot pens.
With three dogs and two cats of her own, Jennie Credille doesn’t draw much of a line between her work and home life. Though she no longer works at an animal hospital, the certified veterinary technician continues to spend many of her waking hours caring for pets as the owner of Perfect Pet Cuts.
With help from three experienced staffers, Credille bathes, blow-dries, and brushes cats and dogs of all breeds and sizes. Her signature service—the aptly named Perfect Bath—finishes off a sudsy wash with a toenail clipping and a cleansing scrub for the ears. Grooming add-ons such as Furminator shed-control treatments, nail polishes, and dental care further contribute to pets’ health and looks, as do the walks and food they receive during their tenure at the salon. Before sending dogs back to their owners, Credille dresses them up with a posh bow, a stylish bandana, or a snout-mounted monocle.
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.