In the drudges of winter, cooped-up golf enthusiast often find themselves wishing that they could just transport to a golf course somewhere in a warmer clime. Wormholes probably won't be invented for another six months or so, but the golf simulators at Tee Box Indoor Golf offer something of a solution. Each apparatus consists of a hitting bay and a large screen, where a computer projects high-definition imagery of an actual golf course, from the hole lengths and scenery down to the flagstick bending in the virtual wind. As they smack golf balls into the screen, players must strategize and deal with the consequences of mishits, just as they would on a real course. They choose from 70 world-famous courses—such as California's Pebble Beach, Kapalua in Hawaii, or St. Andrews in Scotland—and enjoy the convenience of never having to pay the oft-exorbitant greens fees or break up with a clingy caddy. Lessons with teaching pros Nicholas Harwood and Mike Masten are also available.
Little stockinged feet pad madly across a spongy blocks painted in primary colors, then bound up stairs with an extra spring in each step. Inflatable walls and air-filled slides cushion exuberant children, who lack the grace, depth perception, and night-vision goggles that prevent adults from running into walls or going down slides backward. Xtreme Bounce Zone houses six of these inflatable playsets, where kids can jump and slide with the abandon of commuters riding their hoverboards over a traffic jam.
A 52-foot obstacle course challenges kids' dexterity, giving them tunnels to charge through and inclines to clamber up, while side-by-side slides offer limitless racing opportunities. Toddlers enjoy exclusive access to their own bounce zone, where they can jump without fear of outshining their older counterparts. As tots ricochet off surfaces around the inflatable playground, parents join in the fun or sip complimentary coffee.
A rolling labyrinth of fairways and small greens, Huron Hills Golf Course challenges golfers across the handicap spectrum with a par-67 layout. The front nine unfurls a more conventional, par-35 track complete with the course's two par-fives. Four par-threes and five par-fours await on the course's second act, where golfers must be precise with their irons to avoid dropping shots in hazards or the beaks of albatross lurking in the shadows. Water hazards come into play on five holes, and the course offers three tee options for players to drive from. To prepare golfers for their birdie-hunting quests, Huron Hills offers golf instruction for juniors and adults of all abilities. Guests can also check out their pro shop to find apparel and accessories from Nike, Titleist, and Footjoy.
There's a lot to do at Georgetown Country Club, but it's all on an intimate, inviting scale. With eight par-three holes and one par four, the club's nine-hole executive course lets golfers get in a round and still have plenty of time for scorecard origami. In the summer, kids cannonball from diving boards and swimmers speed through eight lap lanes at the outdoor pool, while others sunbathe or lounge under huge blue canopies. A recent addition to outdoor courts for tennis, sand volleyball, and tetherball is a gaga ball court. In this madcap, airborne take on dodgeball, big groups of players use their hands to smack a lightweight ball at other players without being hit themselves.
Senior Master Dean L. Wainwright—a 6th Dan master in both tae kwon do and hap ki do—builds his team of instructors not only from other decorated masters, but also those students whose exceptional dedication and skill might help their peers learn the martial arts. Assistant instructor Ian Bejster, for instance, uses his massive talent and youthful stature to help educate Mini and Little Ninjas as young as 3 years old. Together, this team reaches out to students of all ages, engaging them in learning the swift, graceful kicks of tae kwon do or the soft, circular redirections of hap ki do, the only known method for fighting a revolving door.
Elmo and Susan Morales used to run in order to stay in shape, but they scaled back their jogs when they discovered spinning. Performed on stationary bikes, the exercise method provides a cardiovascular workout and, like rolling out of the top bunk, triggers a rush of endorphins. At Bodies in Balance Fitness Studio, they and their team of certified instructors guide groups through spinning classes, motivating them with music and imagery. Heart-rate monitors help students to track their own progress.