Since opening its emerald alleyways in 1956, Woodlawn Golf Club's semiprivate, 18-hole course has tested the skills of all golfers, from greenhorns to green jacket holders. Featuring undulated bentgrass fairways cleaved through rows of mature trees, the par 71 course spans 5,943 yards and culminates at small, contoured greens known for their speed. Numerous water hazards, strategically placed bunkers, and thickheaded squirrels entering hibernation work in unison to lure errant golf balls as they attempt to circumnavigate the course.
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A skydiver descends toward the earth, his red-and-white parachute contrasting against a picturesque scene of azure sky and the springtime grass. It’s just another day at Skydive Tecumseh, where instructors have been taking first-time jumpers and experienced skydivers on exhilarating freefalls for nearly 50 years. Manning aircrafts such a Cessna Super Caravan, Skydive Tecumseh’s flight team ushers parties 7,500 feet into the clouds for tandem and solo jumps that reach speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, much like a cheetah on roller skates. A drop zone with three separate landing areas awaits skydivers on the ground, and a picnic area allows visitors to watch their friends glide safely back to earth. In addition to organizing jumps, the instructors—all certified through the United States Parachuting Association—operate a ground school, where they help clients earn skydiving licenses.
The sinuous fairways of Whiteford Valley Golf Club's stretch across two 18-hole and one 9-hole championship-caliber courses, which roam across a rolling, emerald expanse dotted with creeks, ponds, and mature timbers. The most difficult of the three layouts, the east course tunnels through stands of towering trees, placing accurate tee shots and a familiarity with squirrel vernacular at a premium. The north course likewise rolls across hilly, tree-lined terrain, though water hazards play a more prominent role throughout, made evident by the first green, which is entirely fringed by a rippling pond.
Long hitters or golfers trying to make amends to recently neglected drivers can take to the west course, which packs dense tree lines into the Club's longest layout, at 7,016 yards.
Stocked full of cardio equipment, free weights, and resistance-training equipment, Fitness 4 All encourages muscle-toners of all stripes to enhance their fitness level. The two-month membership, good at both locations ($19.99 a month), gives full access to all equipment and facilities. Unlimited group fitness classes ($10 a month) include Zumba, Yoga, COREbody Tone, and more, helping to shake up tedious workout routines and exhibit solidarity with neglected quadriceps. Check the February schedule for a list of classes available at the Sylvania location, though unlimited classes can be used at both gyms.