Apple Hill Golf Club entices golfers of all abilities with a 27-hole tapestry weaved into rolling, New Hampshire woodlands. The club?s 18-hole course meanders across 6,184 yards of wide, bermuda grass fairways and bentgrass greens flanked by ponds that come into play on more than half of the holes. Those looking to hone their short game can tee it up on the nine-hole, par 3 course, an 800-yard layout that duffers can complete in an efficient 45 minutes, enabling them to squeeze in a session before dark or in time to drop off their 9-iron at soccer practice.
During the summer, PGA professional Steve Lundquist utilizes the multifaceted grounds to host a junior golf academy, which grants pupils free play on the par 3 course throughout the season. Along with a wide selection of clubs, balls, clothes, and shoes available for purchase, the club?s pro shop curbs appetites with fresh sandwiches, drinks, and hot dogs that can be braided together to form fully functional putters.
Championship Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 6,184 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 68.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 124 from the farthest tees * Three tee options
No workout ever needs to be the same at Xtreme Fitness. The 4,400-square-foot facility—which is surrounded by an outdoor obstacle course and miles of wooded jogging trails—brims with free weights, medicine balls, resistance bands, and kettlebells, allowing guests of any age and fitness level to mix-and-match exercises for a customized, safe, and engaging workout. Supportive trainers can transform the no-frills space into training grounds for everything from tire-filled Spartan Race obstacle courses to stamina-heavy Tough Mudder competitions. In addition to providing guidance and encouragement, the facility's trainers lead an eclectic schedule filled with group circuit training classes, cardio-intensive kickboxing courses, and power yoga sessions.
Cheryl Taylor, head trainer and owner of Incite Fitness, challenges her clients to charge through local streets or push through grueling interval workouts, depending on the class. At Urban Run sessions, attendees tackle the former, zooming down 2- to 5-mile paths that include pit stops where they can work out. In contrast, at women’s boot-camp classes, quick spurts of energy power participants through intervals of cardio, resistance training, and plyometrics.
Captain Mike, a Coast Guard?licensed boater, takes singles, pairs, and groups of three onto the water in a boat built in 2011 and checked daily for safety. Parasailers prep for their ascent by strapping into equipment garnered from the world's leading parasail equipment manufacturers. A multicolored parachute then pulls them soaring into the blue firmament for a thrilling ride and views typically only seen while inside a paper airplane.
The six different parasailing experiences cater to varying tastes, with the Wet 'n' Wild option guaranteeing a dunk in the water and the Elevator Gone Mad flight promising patrons a quick shot into the air before falling gently back to earth. For another means of taking in the sights, the crew sets up beach-goers with safe, speedy jet skis that can hold up to three passengers.
The trained staff at New Hampshire Lasercare Centre helps revamp skin surfaces during cosmetic laser treatments such as laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal, and IPL photofacials. Armed with differently sized laser handpieces, they tailor each beam to the individual's figure and needs, whether to shoo away rosacea or to coordinate sun spots to polka-dot bikinis.
Originally sculpted into the New Hampshire countryside in 1889, Exeter Country Club's nine-hole course stretches across 2,801 yards for a par 35 layout. Wreathed by waterways flowing south from the Great Bay, the course cools off clubbers and hot-tempered carts with seaside breezes that waft across the greens. Though consisting mostly of straight-ahead fairways, the course forces players to adjust at the fifth hole, a 365-yard par 4 where golfers must bend drives around a dramatic 90-degree dogleg left obscured by dense tree lines. Exeter Country Club's on-site restaurant, Grill on the Hill, awaits at the end of the ninth green, serving up a menu of American fare to quench appetites after a day of dedicated pin-hunting and scorecard falsification.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 35 course * Length of 2,801 yards from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 114 from the farthest tees * Link to scorecard