A 6,641-yard layout sculpted into pond-speckled parkland terrain draws in golfers at Villa de Paz Golf Club's 18-hole course. Throughout the round, golfers will have to prove that their swing is impervious to water hazards, which come into play on 10 holes. Players and husky groundhogs encounter the most difficult hole at the fourth tee box, where a tree-lined fairway dog-legs sharply to the right on its way to a green guarded by a pond in front. Before their round, clubbers can warm up their swings at Villa de Paz's driving range, which has two tiers to accommodate heavy swing-honing traffic and separate territorial head covers.
Course at a Glance:
Eighty-four hitting stations spread out over two decks. Ten target greens, each one mapped out so players know the precise distance to each flag. Eight hitting bays equipped with TrackTee technology that charts the spin rate and distance of each shot. These are the practice resources that help golfers hone their swing?and learn more about their game?at Valley Golf Center. Named one of 2013's top 50 standalone facilities in America by the Golf Range Association of America, the practice facility also encompasses a 5,000-square-foot putting green and a practice bunker for players to hone their touch around the green. From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, fans, misters, lights, and shade protect players against the elements of heat or the darkness of night. The center also hosts PGA lessons and a fitting center.
Just as an oven needs to pre-heat before baking a tray of jalapeño poppers, baseball players need to raise their internal temperatures to 400 degrees before opening day. Today's Groupon basks in the nine-inning joys of spring training: for $22, you get two baseline tickets (a $40 value) to one of four ballgames at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. You can also get two baseline field box tickets for $30 (a $56 value). Watch the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox hammer out their 2010 starting lineups as they play under the springtime aroma of fresh-cut grass, hot dogs, and remorse. All available games begin at 1 p.m.
To its organizers, the "fear" in the Fear Adventure Series isn't supposed to be scary. They see it as an acronym for ?Forget Everything and Run," and "everything" includes common phobias such as heights, freezing water, fire, darkness, small spaces, and running people. A group of military veterans with more than 40 years of combined service modeled the run on the U.S. military's confidence course, and unlike the mazes on the backs of cereal boxes, it's not supposed to set you up for failure. After they finish, participants carry their newfound confidence to a post-race party and celebrate with cold drinks, food, and live music.
With a little bit of creativity, a pile of LEGO? bricks can transform into almost anything. Maybe a battle robot, a bridge, or a three-dimensional art sculpture. They can even become movie stars, ready to step into a stop-animation film and bare their plastic hearts on the silver screen. They can also be a part of kids' introduction to the world of science, technology, engineering, and math at at Bonanza Educational.
The organization's programs take a fun approach to building skills in STEM fields. Kids from elementary school to high school come together to tackle projects and challenges that incorporate LEGO? bricks. The educators behind these sessions include current and former elementary teachers, coaches, artists, and other professionals. However, Bonanza Educational's original team was much smaller. Three friends, who all loved LEGO? bricks, came together with a fun and creative way to help kids excel in a technology-driven world.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.39 value).