Nestled on 28 tree-lined acres of Chesterfield County, Oasis Sports Park beckons to sportspeople of all stripes with a scenic complex of family-friendly, recreational attractions. The centerpiece of the entire park, its nine-hole, par 3 course, challenges players with bent grass greens and Bermuda grass fairways and roughs. With tee-to-green distances ranging from 75–175 yards, the course features enough variety for players to dig deep into their repertoire of short-irons, mid-irons, and bedazzled parade scepters. Bunkers enshroud the five target greens at the Park’s 10,000 square-yard driving range, raising the stakes on practice shots as players swing freely from Bermuda grass hitting areas or covered, heated stalls. The Park also encompasses an 18-hole miniature golf course and a nine-station batting cage, where mechanical pitchers hurl baseballs up to 70 mph to simulate the experience of dodging a tiny meteor.
Led by Heather Dombrovskiy, the certified yoga instructors of Healthy Life Yoga guide students of all fitness levels through a variety of classes. Starting with sunrise yoga, the instructors pack the schedule with their flexibility-increasing classes that include yin yoga, a slow class that moves into deeper stretches in the lower backs and hips, prenatal yoga, and traditional Hatha yoga classes that start with foundation-building beginner classes and move to more advanced, fast-paced classes.
Birkdale Golf Club is a semiprivate golf club that courts novices and masters alike on its par 71, 6,630-yard course, proffering a mix of risk-reward holes and four sets of tees on each for varying skill levels. A green sea of verdant trees stands vigil around the Bermuda grass fairways and bentgrass greens, gently plucking wayward balls from their branches and returning them unharmed to the clubhouse for dimpled cosmonaut training.
Designed by prolific golf-course architect Edmund Ault, Mill Quarter Plantation Golf Course nestles a par 72 championship course into the rolling Virginia hills, fitting 18 holes between lofty pines and restful meadows. Golf carts zoom over the slopes to a par 5 hole next to Fighting Creek, then ramp over hills to Hole 4, which guards its putting green with a sand bunker and a three-headed, fire-breathing german shepherd. The long stretch of grass at Hole 10 rewards long iron players, and the sneaky dogleg of Hole 14 curves strongly to the right, with a sand pit in the crook of its elbow and an audience of trees on either side.
Created specifically for women, Curves offers a complete fitness and nutrition solution. The Curves 30 minute workout is fun and fast, yet it exercises every major muscle group and burns up to 500 calories through a proven program of strength training, cardio and stretching. Also, many women forge lasting new friendships!
With morning and evening classes scheduled seven days a week, Solid Ground offers mind-and-body foundational lifts for yogis of all ages and bodily rigidities in a peaceful residential studio far from the bustle of a noisy gym. Owner Wanda Castelvecchi and her studio's five certified instructors design their stretch sessions to span the entire spine-bending, sigh-inducing spectrum. The beginning Hatha class emphasizes proper pose alignment and breathing, with plenty of verbal and hands-on correction. Bendier bodies, meanwhile, can work their way up through various intensities of Vinyasa flow to the intense power yoga, in which they can master such physically challenging asanas as the Downward Facing God and the Hulk Smash. Solid Ground also hosts a number of specialized classes, such as Yin yoga—which focuses on long holds that stretch the connective tissues in the hips, pelvis, and lower spine—or the graceful, fluid lunar yoga, a woman- and wolfman-centric course that causes less wear-and-tear on the wrists and shoulders. The mirror-free studio surrounds students with natural lighting, allowing participants to boost their flexibility and strength far from the boorish catcalls of Supreme Court justices.