With the Lime Green V.I.P. CARD given to us when we signed in to Escapes! at Bella Vista Village, we could use the Riordan Center about half a block from our condo.
This pass gave us the opportunity to use the Tennis Courts, the Outdoor Swimming Pools [too cool], mini-golf, and the indoor exercise Room.
This Riordan Center was quite popular here at The Greens II. The parking lot was always full. Before we realized what it was [signage is not too good], we kept asking ourselves why all the cars were parked outside that building. Allan finally investigated and discovered all the activities available.
Since Allan exercises faithfully every other day, this was great.
I was disappointed that we did not bring our tennis rackets with us once I saw the wonderful tennis courts. They were used all day long.
This resort certainly offered a great deal to its clients.
Equipment: * For tennis, you need tennis balls, tennis racket, tennis clothing, especially good tennis shoes.
For swimming, you need a suit, a cover-up, and a towel or two.
For exercise, you need work-out clothing and good tennis shoes.
Allan and I golfed twice during the week that we spent in Bella Vista, Arkansas. Our first game was on Monday, October 24, 2005, at Kingswood Golf Course. It was a cool Autumn day, but we dressed in layers and were quite comfortable.
We were teamed with two local gentlemen, Wayne and Robert who were friendly, funny, and decent golfers.
Kingswood Golf Course was only about two blocks from our condo, so it was quite convenient.
The course is rated 67.7/110, and we found it about medium in difficulty. It has five par three's; 9 par four's; and 4 par five's. I personally found the par 3's to be the most difficult for me.
Women did get a "break" on most of the holes, but not a huge advantage. It was really pretty wide open, and our foursome completed the 18 holes in about 4 hours.
The second day that we golfed was on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at Berksdale Golf Course, and we were teamed up with Barbara and James, and we really enjoyed their company. They were about our age and golfed about equal to us. There had been a freeze the night before so all T times had been delayed. It seemed to take forever [about 4 hours and 45 minutes!]. We did a good deal of waiting. But, since we enjoyed talking with James and Barbara, it was fun.
Of the two courses that we played, I enjoyed the second [Berksdale Golf Course] the most as did Allan. It was more difficult and more scenic.
Equipment: To golf, you will need spikeless golf shoes, golf glove, golf balls [plenty of them if you are a beginner], golf clubs. In addition, you need to rent a golf cart because this is a hilly, long walk.
Wear golf shirts with collars, slacks, bermuda shorts, or capris; a golf hat is valuable to combat the sun as are sun glasses.