Tall nets surround Sunset Golf Center’s driving range, their forgiving springiness easing wayward balls back toward the range's lush green. Here, golfers launch balls from the center’s 50 practice stalls, more than half of which are sheltered from the elements. Artificial-grass mats carpet each stall with blades soft enough to mimic real fairways but short enough to avoid attracting artificial cows, and across the grounds, a stone Statue of Liberty oversees play atop the 18-hole miniature-golf course. From his post at the center, golf instructor Sandy Sutherland helps both juniors and adults to hone their links prowess.
Blanketed in wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky High Sports delights barefoot fun seekers with 45,000 square feet of springy terrain. Guests can hone front flips, backflips, and belly flops during intense free-bounce sessions. Each trampoline comes equipped with a specially designed spring-loaded frame and 2-inch-thick safety pads that grant patrons a landing cushier than a corner office at a marshmallow factory. Pintsize aerialist posses can safely practice their synchronized salchows on 360 degrees of trampoline walls while court supervisors watch from the sidelines and award hard-earned praise with oversize scorecards. Sky High also offers AIRobics fitness classes and monthly dodge-ball tournaments to help jumpers explore the outermost stratospheres of trampoline possibilities.
When Jimmy DeBatty isn't racing downhill trails or learning new BMX tricks, the bike specialist can be found in the workshop of Fat Tire Farm, keeping his customers’ cycles in shape. Along with the rest of the Fat Tire Farm team, Jimmy has been turning wrenches and testing gears for more than 10 years.
In addition to performing tune-ups, overhauls, and routine bike physicals, the Fat Tire Farm team stocks a range of bikes and necessities from makers including Ibis, Specialized, Giant, Santa Cruz, Dainese, Fox, and Dakine. Though they specialize in mountain bikes, they’re also able to equip riders with gear for cross-country cycling, free riding, urban riding, and downhill racing.
21st Avenue Bicycles' knowledgeable staff oversees an inventory of handsome, speedy bikes hand-built with parts from manufacturers such as Raleigh, Dolce, and Vittoria Randonneur. The charming, simple brick-walled shop bustles with activity as mechanics build new wheels with a Phil Wood spoke cutter, show customers through the wooden racks of brand-new rides, and carry out full-service repair overhauls. As they true wheels, fix flats, adjust brakes, and remove hibernating snakes from handlebars, the friendly technicians exude an infectious joy as they work, promoting a workplace atmosphere in which high-fives are liberally doled out and popping wheelies is actively encouraged.
US Outdoor Store has spent the last half century rigging outdoor enthusiasts with equipment made by the industry's top brands, such as Burton, Patagonia, and Marmot. Stocking their shelves with quality, hand-selected products helps them prepare customers for adventures that range from snowboarding and skiing to surfing and mountaineering. The company also boasts highly educated staff members who impart customers with wisdom gleaned from extensive product testing. Such testing could include soaring down slopes on new skis or using carabineers to convert laundry lines into ziplines.
At Stone Free Climbing, rock climbing isn't an indoor sport. The company's experienced guides lead day and weekend trips to natural rock formations, such as Smith National Park's volcanic tuft. Each trip accommodates new and seasoned climbers alike, and adventurers can leave their suction clogs at home since all necessary gear is provided. To prep ambitious scalers for solo jaunts, the Stone Free Climbing experts also lead mountain navigation courses, teaching students to use GPS equipment, find routes, and read topographical maps.