Though lush fairways and gently undulating greens have replaced the acres of cornfields at Country Oaks Golf Club, quaint reminders of the course’s bucolic past are everywhere. A tall white silo stands sentry at the first tee box, greeting golfers as they head out for their round. A white picket fence proves a common sight as it cordons off the 140-acre plot from the surrounding farmland and prevents trespassing by ghostly baseball players.
First tee shots on the 514-yard, par 5 opening hole will need to clear a small pond—an early introduction to the water scattered throughout the rest of the course. In fact, 4 out of the first 5 tee shots will need to clear water, and 11 feature water prominently at some point. On the watery, 300-yard 18th hole, the long shadow of the old silo welcomes golfers back in as they sink their final putts and head into the Dairy Barn, now home to the course pro shop.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,958 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73 from the back tees * Course slope of 129 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Deep in the verdant expanse of the Lark Valley, the forest’s leaves rustle as a blurry figure glides by. The creature flying across the forest canopy isn’t a bird or acrobatic sport’s mascot returning to its natural habitat. It’s a person strapped into 1 of 10 ziplines at Lark Ranch, which extend more than 1 mile through the surrounding area. Guests slip into safety harnesses and helmets before clipping in the suspended steel cables and soaring high above the valley’s varied topography of lakes, forests, and fields of blossoming holiday sweaters. Elsewhere, lush crops sprout around festive pumpkin patches, encouraging visitors to become one with harvest-time happiness.
Flying across 3,500 feet of lines suspended above the rolling foothills below, visitors at Eagles Wings Zipline can expect an adrenaline-packed experience during zipline tours that can last up to 2.5 hours. Sometimes up to 75 feet above the ground on lines that span more than 1,000 feet in length, zipliners can reach top speeds over 40-miles-per-hour while safely suspended from the sturdy lines. The course also includes thrilling components such as a bridge suspended 100 feet over the forest floor, suspended ladders that connect platforms, and at least two areas where visitors inadvertently scream and giggle like toddlers.
Gear Up outfits adventurers to climb mountains, wander through wooded trails, and camp in the wilderness with a wide selection of outdoor apparel and tools. Shoppers slip their feet into Birkenstock shoes or Petzl crampons, scale cliffs with climbing gear from Climb High, or ply the waves of lakes and rivers with boats and paddles Old Town Canoe.
Metro Sports Center courts sports stars and hosts events with two indoor athletic fields and batting cages, spanning more than 35,000 square feet, for rent. Guests can book the large indoor field for an hour, where tight-laced cleats can kick soccer balls, footballs, or stress balls across more than 14,000 square feet of short-style Astroturf. A one-hour rental of the athletic court posits players on sport-court flooring ideal for basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and more. Both spaces easily accommodate nonathletic events, such as trade shows, charity benefits, after-proms, or emergency UFO landings. An hour in the live-pitch batting cage assists developing hitters in morphing fledgling taps into menacing line drives.