Eleven water hazards shape The Links at Overlake, where golfers send drives soaring into a horizon bounded by distant mountain peaks. While the waterways offer the biggest threat to a golf ball’s survival, the 18-hole, par 72 course also features knee-high grasses and deep pot bunkers—course motifs inspired by the links-style courses of Scotland. The forward tees—measuring a modest 5,361 yards—let players bypass certain water hazards, while the formidable, 7,248-yard layout from the back tees forces golfers to play right into the course’s grass-stained teeth. Before tee-time, golfers can find their rhythm by taking practice swings or tap-dancing to the sound of clubs hitting balls at the driving range.
Mulligans Golf and Games entices golfers to grab their clubs and pole-vault into the universe of gentlemanly sportsmanship across two nine-hole golf courses. Golfers can steadily slice their way through The Meadow's nine par-3 holes, or line up their swings to conquer on The Ridge's tricky combination of par-3, par-4, and par-5 holes. Both courses present unique challenges for players of all skill levels, tucking water hazards into verdant greens and commissioning tennis players to play defense. Those who prefer putters can traverse the bubbling lagoons of two immaculately landscaped mini golf courses.
Mulligan Golf and Games' driving range, open day and night, unfurls 33 covered hitting areas so golfers can practice their strokes and acquire the accuracy to peg their neighbors' rooftop satellite dishes. During golf lessons, Jeff Wathen and other PGA golf professionals analyze swings and approaches using years of experience as well as the latest in video and computer teaching aids. Baseball and softball players can also club white orbs into the sky from eight slow- and fast-pitch batting cages.
Selina Reynoso was a horse lover before she even set foot on a farm. As a child, her introduction to the equestrian experience didn't come from riding a carousel, visiting a farm, or being raised by a family of Shetland ponies. When she was nine, she watched The Black Stallion, and was hooked. She begged her mother for riding lessons, and eventually found a horse of her own—Fairly Effervescent, or Fizzy for short.
Today, she gives horseback riding lessons at Effervescent Arabians as a way to introduce both children and adults to the world of equestrianism. Lessons cover such disciplines as hunter, jumping, dressage, and showmanship, and take place in one of the facility's four outdoor arenas or under cover inside the indoor arena during inclement weather. Elsewhere on the grounds, experienced riders can work with their horses on a 3/4-mile racing track and a polo field of more than 12 acres.
River Oaks Golf Course was carved from the pond-spotted wetlands that surround the Jordan River to form 18 holes of scenic golf. Golfers prime their swings at the course’s 40-stall driving range to prepare for the round, which begins with three consecutive holes featuring prominent water hazards that still hold a grudge against the sun for ending their glacial childhood. Snow-capped mountains peek above tree lines, enhancing the landscape as golfers play the course. Those in need of an equipment upgrade can browse a vast selection of new clubs, clothes, and accessories at the pro shop, where large observation windows let guests soak in views of the course, stare into the glassy waters of the river, or keep tabs on factions of rebellious golf carts.
Academy West gives restless young Utahns a chance to expend excess energy in the form of choreographed dance, tumbling, cheer, or gymnastics classes. The adroit staff of CPR-certified safety gurus is composed of deft dancers and top-notch tumblers who teach thrilling routines to children craving more choreography in their lives. The 22,000-square-foot facility is packed with high-quality equipment and enough protective foam to swaddle a Herculean toddler attempting a triple aerial in place of his or her first steps.