After being ranked 19th on Golfweek's "Best New Courses" list in 2011, the course at Vaaler Creek Golf Club has been stacking up acolytes for its challenging play and picturesque Texas Hill Country setting. The Michael Lowry and JR Newman design stretches through oak forests as well as rocky outcroppings, encountering water on nine holes. Throughout each round, players steer new E-Z-GO golf carts over Bermuda 419 and TifSport grasses, taking advantage of the carts’ automatic braking systems as they stop to smell the flowers or the glorious scent of victory over manual controls.
Though the varied layout presents all manner of challenges, the par 3 12th hole requires a particularly cautious approach. Players must exhibit firm control over iron play as they aim for a peninsula green—discipline that must be then be duplicated four holes later to keep drives dry and on the isthmus fairway. Finally, players round out the round by facing a daunting approach over water, made even more difficult by the tree in the center of the fairway that obstructs flight paths and distracts would-be winners with its self-contained, elf-operated cookie factory.
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Tube Haus provides a relaxing escape from the sweltering summer heat by offering two scenic tube floats down the majestic Guadalupe River. The Horseshoe Loop is a one-mile stretch of water shaped like everyone's favorite cereal marshmallow; tubers can drift lazily from one end to the other before taking a short walk to the entrance to begin it all again. Doughnut-fleet commanders in the mood for a longer ride can remain in the river for another 1.5 miles of aquatic serenity before reaching the exit area, at which point there will be a friendly shuttle bus waiting to return them safely to their base.
Canyon Lake Golf Club's 18-hole layout flows across 6,582 yards of parkland terrain wafted by cool breezes that drift from Canyon Lake, which rests just northeast of the course. Towering oak trees loom over the course's open fairways, impeding the passage of errant golf balls while trumpeting their unrivaled, bird's-eye views of the surrounding topography. Bookended by two 500-yard par 5s, the par 72 invites golfers to brandish their drivers or modified T-shirt cannons and begin and end the round with massive tee shots. An outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts foster alternative forms of recreation, whereas multifaceted dining facilities host all varieties of social gatherings at the club.
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As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
After seeing the sluggish affects that venous insufficiency had on his clients, board-certified general surgeon Dr. Mark Kneuper's curiosity about vein therapy grew. This interest eventually led him into the practice of vein therapy more than two decades ago. But as the times have changed, so have Dr. Kneuper’s methods, which is why his practice, Hill Country Vein Center, now offers technologically advanced vein treatments. Invasive services, such as vein stripping or tickling the vessels until they oblige, have been replaced with a noninvasive, radio-frequency-based Venefit treatment and gentle sclerotherapy injections. But before any treatment begins, Dr. Kneuper's registered vein technicians rely on advanced ultrasound machines to painlessly pinpoint troublesome vessels.
Recognizing that each mouth is as unique as an encrypted snowflake, the oral-health experts at Rivercrest Family Dental and Sonrisa Dental design their treatment plans accordingly. A duo of skilled dentists leads the way: Dr. Justin Barber—who served as a dentist in the US Air Force and helms Sonrisa as well as seeing patients at Rivercrest Family Dental—and Dr. William T. Lee Jr., who lavishes chompers with an expertise that comes from four decades of experience. The pair of dental experts treats gnashers of all ages and stripes, catering to mouths with everything from basic exams and cleanings to root canals. They also practice cosmetic dentistry, handling veneers and offering whitening treatments for patients seeking smiles bright enough to forgo helmet lights when spelunking.