A cursory scan of the scorecard at Beckett Ridge Golf Club might excite two types of golfers: long, aggressive hitters and those who pride themselves on accuracy with the irons. The excitement is a direct result of the course's five par 5s and three par 3s, making for a par 72 setup that deviates slightly from the classic 4-12-4 model. The arrangement is the work of Jack Kidwell, a locally famous course architect who designed more than 100 courses in Ohio alone. While length is important for players who try to reach par 5 greens in two shots or one rocket launch, Mr. Kidwell saw that placement remained paramount?primarily by leaving intact the site's meandering streams and tree lines.
The first hole is a long, unforgiving par 5 that makes for a bombastic introduction to what comes?one where a forgiving first shot landing area precedes a tricky second shot uphill. Similarly, No. 13 is a par 3 that only seems like a long iron shot at first glance. An enormous, receptive green is positioned 50 feet below the tee boxes, making it play much shorter than its 195 yards.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,857 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 136 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Within the climate-controlled confines of BounceU's supervised playground, inflated structures beckon kids to bound over surfaces and fly down slides. In addition to bouncing areas, games let visitors shoot hoops or don inflated, oversize boxing gloves to safely battle over ascension rights to the bouncy castle's throne. Open-bounce sessions allow families to join in on the fun, with parents bouncing for free. Additionally, the play area can set the stage for camps and birthdays, with the option to lower the lights and let non-solar-powered guests play across a glow-in-the-dark wonderland.
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.
Baby Belly's passionate staff enliven weary hands and feet with all-natural, pregnancy-safe products during a spa mani-pedi. After cannon-balling into a therapeutic soak to kick off the pedicure, freshly exfoliated feet and lower legs are massaged with hot stones to banish aches. Then, paw pamperers rub limbs with peppermint tea tree foot balm to soften soles and arnica gel to reduce swelling.
The extravagant Fasig-Tipton Pavilion houses this year’s Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, where acclaimed musicians give majestic performances and host master classes. Friday evening reveals a nuanced rendition of Dvořák's Terzetto in C Major, as delivered in part by the festival's artistic director, Nathan Cole, who also holds the position of first associate concertmaster with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Ravel's Trio in A Minor brings together soothing sounds of piano, violin, and cello, ad Schubert's famed Trout Quintet dances between strings, piano, and a trio of opera-singing fish. Saturday evening ushers in Busoni's Sonata no. 2 in E—its ivory, dulcet piano tickled by Alessio Bax, who has appeared as a soloist with more than 85 orchestras worldwide. Bach's Sheep May Safely Graze and a world premiere written by Daniel Kellogg set the sound stage for Dvořák's Quintet in G Major, as two violins, a viola, a cello, and a double bass come together to fight musical crimes wrought by vuvuzelas and Christmas recordings of dogs barking.
Only in Kentucky equips natives and visitors alike with Kentucky-themed collectables, from University of Kentucky Wildcats merchandise to culinary items such as cookbooks and sauces. Shoppers can bathe under the watchful eyes of 100%-polyester felines with a UK shower curtain ($13.99), or accessorize the side-view mirrors of hatchbacks, SUVs, and vintage Batmobiles with logoed mirror covers ($21.99). Filled with classic Southern recipes, The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook imparts instruction on how to craft bourbon-inspired masterpieces ($24.95), while spicy salsas and barbecue sauces provide an extra kick to meals ($3.95–$15.95). Metal emblem shot glasses ($5.99) infuse each beverage with a Bluegrass-State amusement as traditional as horse, car, or squirrel races.