Indian Trail Golf Center acts as a peaceful practice oasis for players to perfect swings and hone their skills. Upon arrival, golfers insert tokens into the ball dispenser to receive their allotted balls, which cascade into the bucket and jostle to be the first off the tee. The driving range is home to synthetic mats and natural-grass stations. In inclement weather, 10 covered hitting stations keep players dry as they blast balls into lower orbit and try to dislodge hail from rain clouds. After buckets have been depleted and swings satisfied, players can head to the practice green and squeeze in as many tap-ins as daylight allows. Indian Trail Golf Center stays open from 9 a.m. to dusk every day of the week except Tuesday, when it opens at noon.
Designed in 1991 by golf-course architect Arthur Hills, Stonebridge Golf Club's par-72, 18-hole course entwines strategically placed groves, placid ponds, and pastoral vistas. Subtle elevation changes and winding fairways reward skillful shot makers with a reverent silence, and several tee options at each hole challenge players of all ability levels. With the motorized cart, pairs can save their walking energy for more thrilling pursuits, such as panning for gold in a water obstacle or sand trap. Players aiming to hone their swing technique can opt for five super-sized ball buckets, to be used on the course's practice driving range, putting green, or golf-ball pit. Parched putters can seek refreshment at the club's on-course beverage carts or persevere until the end of their round to retrieve sustenance from Stonebridge's full-service bar and restaurant.
Footnotes' owner Ashleigh DeWeese Alarcon found a good way to ensure a wide range of dance styles could be taught through her classes—she became certified to teach 14 styles herself. Inside the airy, bright, and sunlit Concourse Hall, Ashleigh and her crew of teachers instruct in classic styles that range from swing and the viennese waltz to bolero and argentine tango. Brides- and grooms-to-be can also consult Footnotes to create a first dance that wows family and friends.
Free weights and cardio machines seem to sprout everywhere at Thrive Martial Arts and Fitness, where working out is about more than just losing weight. The gym focuses on cross-training using small-apparatus equipment such as kettle bells, battle ropes, stability balls, and free weights as well as body-weight exercises for boot camps and personal training. These dynamic activities both strengthen bodies and provide a source of inner motivation. Women's self-defense classes teach a series of techniques for disengaging and incapacitating an attacker or a leering display mannequin, and the wrestling club helps youths get out their aggression and build up a sweat on the mat. For a more targeted workout, individuals, couples, or groups of friends can opt for the individualized instruction of personal training, fighting, or self-defense sessions. In addition to physical activity, personal training programs put an emphasis on diet and nutrition.
Operated by the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission, Pierce Lake Golf Course features an 18-hole layout that incorporates all the hallmarks of a prototypical parkland course, such as fairways bounded by heavily forested regions, frequent water hazards, and expansive bunkers. These woodsy surroundings are a continuation of Pierce Lake Park, which lies just over the course's northern border and whose 26 acres are home to the sandhill cranes, red foxes, and painted turtles that occasionally wander onto the course to openly mock inconsistent golf swings.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,914 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 135 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Since 2003, the Head family—Robert, his wife, Holly, and their two daughters—has fostered a welcoming environment at Double H Equestrian Center for both horse and rider. They use the Natural Horsemanship approach, colloquially known as “horse whispering,” to connect riders with their mounts. Natural Horsemanship is based on understanding horse nature and psychology. It forgoes force and intimidation in favor of peaceful communication and whispers of “You’re the prettiest pony who ever lived, oh yes you are.”
As the head coach of both the Whitmore Lake middle and high-school equestrian teams who rides multiple horses daily, Robert has a keen eye for both the horse’s and rider’s needs. He knows how to pair students with the proper lesson horse and develop the confidence of both.