Normandy Kayak Rental lends seafaring vessels for navigating the calm waters of Bedford Lake. During three hours of supra-aquatic exploring, catch sight of the lake's flora and fauna or perfect the art of one-paddle transportation while coasting atop the mellifluously flowing water on a motor-free floater. The raft-rental facility provides shuttles to and from the lake to ensure a smooth-sailing afternoon and avoid guests attempting to kayak their way to the lake via highway. Normandy Kayak Rental provides vessels, paddles, and life vests for the water-filled outing, and aqua riders should bring water, sunscreen, and an extra set of dry clothes.
Tennessee Skydiving, LLC, which is one of the closest skydiving schools to Nashville, boats a squadron of crack skydiving instructors that are more daring than most. Riding alongside clients in their spacious and speedy turbo-charged plane, the instructors strap themselves to jumpers for tandem jumps at the standard height of 10,500 feet, which provides 45 seconds of free fall. Sometimes, though, they urge the pilot to climb higher—up to 18,000 feet—for jumps they call “extreme tandem”. At this height, divers need oxygen tanks to breathe, but the risks are well worth the reward—a lengthier, 90-second free fall at face-stretching speeds of up to 120 mph. Even at such intense speeds, adventurers have no need to fear because Tennessee Skydiving is Department of Defense certified with most of their instructors being ex-military.
Six ponds and 52 sandtraps aim to thwart golfers as they traverse WillowBrook Golf Club's par 72 layout. Measuring 6,709 yards from the farthest tees, the course's Bermuda grass fairways and bent grass greens offer airborne balls open landing zones, eschewing the need to hire squirrels as air-traffic controllers along the rough.
WillowBrook Golf Club also fosters golf game improvement at its driving range, two putting greens, and short game practice facility. After a day spent fine-tuning their swing and filling their scorecard with only prime numbers, golfers can unwind at Boskey's Grille, which serves a menu of sandwiches, ribs, seafood, and pasta in a casual atmosphere with complimentary WiFi.
Course at a Glance:
A signature Gene Bates–designed course, Saddle Creek Golf Club's 18-hole layout alternates between dense woodlands and open fields, all brought together by a winding, stone-lined creek that babbles across multiple holes. Encroaching trees, lakes, and angry linebackers loom throughout the front nine, where accurate tee shots must bisect unforgiving fairways. The course's second act takes golfers out of dense tree lines and into an open, links-style layout, where players must conquer deep bunkers, intervening waterways, and unfavorable lies wrought by mounded, Scottish-style terrain. Rounds end with dramatic flair at the 18th hole, where a two-tiered green tests how well players have adjusted to the slick, bentgrass putting surfaces and triangular holes that dot the entire course.
The club's Nineteenth Hole overlooks the emerald expanse, allowing golfers to relive glorious moments over frothy beverages, savory meals from the grill, or mouthwatering sports broadcasts by Brent Musburger on the diner's dual big-screen TVs and LCD projector.
Course at a Glance:
* Designed by Gene Bates
Since 1924, the 9-hole course at Fayetteville Golf & Country Club has carved a thin route through the landscape’s mature trees, creating a well-manicured path for players to follow as they shoot for the par of 35. Though a short course at 2,808 total yards, the loop packs in a tight challenge with narrow fairways and several water hazards. At each green, the Champion Bermuda grass makes for smooth putts and even smoother celebratory somersaults.
Course at a Glance:
Bob Grimes, the founder of Ace High Ballooning, took his first balloon voyage 40 years ago and has been a commercially licensed balloon pilot for more than 36 years. In 1983, he embarked on an 18-month balloon tour as part of the Buick Olympic Balloon Program, a trip that culminated at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Nowadays, he still floats off on adventures, but on a smaller scale. He and his team of FAA-certified pilots helm chartered hot air balloon trips over the Nashville area, which showcase bird's eye views of Southern scenery, and commemorate the trips with an optional champagne toast.