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The kinetic whoosh of swinging clubs welcomes golfers into Golf Etc.’s 3,000-square-foot indoor golf emporium and practice facility. The studio’s staff of golf gurus harnesses the latest golf-simulator and launch-monitor technology to break down duffers’ swings, giving instant feedback of the strengths, weaknesses, and physical tendencies present in each pendulous progression. As pupils smash drives and discuss potential swing corrections, club-fitting software simultaneously deduces the ideal equipment to complement players swing and body type, helping them upgrade to an ergonomically designed set of irons or versatile crowbars. For less-structured swing sessions, clients can enter the studio’s hitting bay for one-hour sessions of off-course practice.

947 Hebron Rd
Heath,
OH
US

Tucked into the rolling hillsides of Johnstown, The Links at Echo Springs is equal parts pretty and challenging. Fairways lined with mature hardwood forests skirt streams and ponds. Off the course, there’s a fully stocked pro shop, a driving range with a PGA staff available for lessons, and a bar and grill waiting to serve up celebratory hamburgers. Click here to see a scorecard and read the course guidelines.

5940 Loudon Street Rd
Johnstown,
OH
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Bicycle One's staff maintains bicycles, preserving their roadworthiness with expert tune-ups, and stocks the shop's shelves with a cornucopia of cycling gear. Cycling sages adjust brakes and gears before truing wheels to prevent bicycles from veering off-trail into sasquatch dens. The service concludes as adept hands lubricate the velocipede's cables and drivetrain and tighten all other bike-bound components.

82 Mill St
Gahanna,
OH
US

At Handy Bikes, sunlight pours through floor-to-ceiling windows, ricocheting between the glistening spokes, frames, and handlebars that hang suspended in neatly aligned rows. For the past 30 years, the privately owned bicycle shop has helped bikers keep on bikin’, filling its racks and display cases with everything from new parts to hard-to-find accessories. Brands such as Raleigh, Haro, and Torker stand out from the store's extensive inventory, which cycles through a variety of interests with kids' bikes, tandems, unicycles, and more. While riders graze the healthy harvest of wheeled products, Handy Bikes' friendly, knowledge-packed staff chomps at the bit to answer questions and demonstrate the proper technique for feeding oats to baby mountain bikes.

2489 N High St
Columbus,
OH
US

Owner Jared Cavileer and his crew roll a cherry-red Leader 722TS outside the shop, lean it against a brick pillar, and snap a picture. The keepsake signals the end of another bike restoration, but serves as a tangible memento for another job well done. Technicians repeat this process every day at Revolution Cycles, where their bike tune-ups help to keep two-wheelers from being ridden by the Grim Reaper. Their shop's exposed-brick walls backdrop a selection of stylish parts and accessories, including Gorilla frames, Soma Major Taylor track bars, and Brooks saddles and cycling bags.

1189 N High St
Columbus,
OH
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Leave civilian life behind and suit up for three hours of extreme high-octane battles to determine whose clothes are the cleanest. Land Paintball provides all the necessities (a $17 value for rental package), including a mask, a marker, an air tank (with enough air to last the day), a hopper, a barrel sleeve, and 100 paintballs (a $5 value)—enough to apply a healthy base coat to any nearby corpus canvas. In the event that you take down 100 opponents with immaculate accuracy, or if you decide to graffiti your name on a nearby tree trunk, additional paintballs may be purchased on-site.

4999 Old Rathmell Ct
Obetz,
OH
US