Although Laurel Hill Swim & Tennis Club has amassed a high concentration of USPTA-certified instructors, they share their expertise with more than just professional players. Tennis 101 classes taught on both indoor and outdoor courts, impart beginners with the fundamentals of forehands, backhands, and net play and cardio tennis develops proper footwork while vanquishing calories. Serious competitors and novice players alike benefit from the Club’s variety of surface types. Four synthetic grass courts simulate the grassy grounds at the Wimbledon and har-tru courts replicate courts used during the French Open and hard surfaces replicate courts used at the U.S. and Australian Opens.
Legendary chanteuse Stevie Nicks fulfills the fantasies of her loyal legion of fans, blessing the air with her golden voice as the In Your Dreams tour takes flight. Harmonically and fashionably inimitable, Stevie’s never-ebbing career has entered its latest chapter of acclaim as new generations discover her skilled storytelling, indomitable voice, and the fact that music fits in earholes. In support of her first studio album in 10 years, the acclaimed In Your Dreams, Stevie enables devotees craving a Nicks fix with a tapestry of future classics and seminal solo anthems, sometimes including hits such as “Stand Back” and “Edge of Seventeen.” Casual fans, lifelong fanatics, and hopelessly lost package-delivery workers will spiritually cuddle with Stevie’s tranquilly maternal voice, becoming increasingly mesmerized as a vibrato opens temporal loops and makes space-time continuums weep.
The culinary wizards at Sidelines cook up hearty helpings of pub grub that patrons can discover on the extensive menu. Limber chomping muscles for a marathon meal with starters such as zesty battered and fried pub pickles ($5.79) or garbage fries, a savory mélange of bacon, tomatoes, and jalapenos lounging atop a bed of waffle fries and blanketed in melted mozzarella and cheddar cheeses ($7.59). The selection of five pizzas allows diners to indulge their craving for a disk without having to endure the gamey texture of a frisbee. Table visitors can also wrap tongues around the Porkzilla sandwich, staffed by grilled ham, slow-cooked pulled pork, and bacon ($8.99), or munch on the Knock-Out burger, a bunless wonder that packs the space between two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon and a half-pound steak burger patty ($9.79). Feel free to lubricate a parched palate by sipping one of the beers cascading from the Sidelines tap, such as Labatt, Killian's, and Blue Moon.
The former host of such harness-racetrack greats as Ramblin' Willie, Mack Lobell, and Shady Daisy, Toledo's Raceway Park ladles up a comprehensive couples' nightlife package of hearty dining and equine amusements. Contemplate your complimentary racing programs (and learn how to read them) as you sup from the gourmet feedbag of Crazy Horse Clubhouse's á la carte menu, featuring items such as the Raceway Reuben ($8.50) and the breaded, grilled Finish Line Chops ($12.95), both named for stallion chefs who originally concocted the recipes.
Built in 1887, Mansion View Inn delivers refined quaintness with its ornate Victorian décor, dark wood interiors, cozy quarters, a relaxed sitting room, and a drawing room. Four bedrooms lure guests into their charming confines for a two-night getaway of old-world hotel style. The Secor Bridal Room warms wandering hearts under the gentle glows of a chandelier, and features exquisitely crafted plaster molding and windows that admit frolicking splashes of light at sunrise. The Libbey Room's bright, cheerful interior is wrapped in flowery wallpaper and aims three large windows at the Victorian gardens, while The Reynolds Room comprises darker tones, antiques, and a clawfoot tub. Intimate and dainty, the third-story Ludwig Room provides lodgers with views of downtown, and its kitchenette allows guests to be the supreme lords of their own teatime.
Since the first swing in 1972, Tamaron Country Club's course has been sending golfers down an idyllic path filled with rolling fairways, swaying trees, and impeccably maintained terrain. Greens superintendent Mike Kaminski obsesses over the upkeep of lush fairways and carpet-like greens, ensuring verdant beauty, true roll, and infinite sleeping spots for mid-round naps.
On the front nine, golfers start their round with a shorter par 5, presenting a green that's reachable in two. The next par 5 on the side is hole seven, which presents the longest hole on the course, made longer by out-of-bounds areas on the left and trees on the right that force some players to hit an iron or an oversize gavel off the tee.
Though the back nine is shorter than its predecessor, it makes up for its lack of length in deceptive lies and fewer birdie opportunities. Before signing scorecards and mailing them as postcards, players must first divide and conquer hole 18, a tricky par 4 that forces tee shots over or into a bowl-shaped depression that must be carried to reach the elevated green.
Tamaron Country Club houses an indoor golf simulator, where golfers can play virtual renditions of 38 world-famous courses. The high-tech apparatus makes a round possible even in inclement weather and removes many of the hassles of real golf, such as lugging a bag or getting out of quicksand bunkers.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 70 course
* Total length of 6,060 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 67.7 from the back tees
* Course slope of 109 from the back tees
* Four sets of tees per hole