There's a time, right at dusk, when the expansive greens of Brookfield Hills Golf Course look more like velvet than grass. These greens are the most forgiving aspect on a course riddled with water hazards and precisely placed bunkers.
On the par-32 front nine, the wooded framework of towering deciduous and pine trees makes it easy to forget the course is located in a busy suburb. The eighth hole works those trees into its design, challenging players to shoot their balls or launch them with slingshots over the treetops en route to the green. At par 30, the back nine puts more of an emphasis on the short game, and six of the holes feature imposing water hazards.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-62 course * Total length of 4,926 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 61.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 100 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, Title Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training to satisfy people’s innate desire to punch and kick something other than a broken jukebox. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Adrenaline Sports Management corrals runners in an array of races to benefit several area charities, such as Back on My Feet and Fathers Helping Fathers. Each course winds its way through historic neighborhoods, lush lakefront paths, or energizing vistas, and most reward the top overall male and female finishers as well as the top-three runners in each category with medals or celebratory eye patches. Costume contests ramp up competition in the Halloween and Santa Hustles, with top prizes going to best individual costume, best group costume, or most-authentic centaur lookalike. At the many after-parties, finish-liners can revel in après-race accolades from family, friends, and shoulder-perched cherubs.
The flame-red walls of Core Fitness amp up the instructors as they devise intense classes for their students. They use suspension-training straps, kettlebells, and their own experience as bodybuilders to lead a roster of classes designed to confuse muscles and build strength.
In more than two decades spent teaching golf, PGA instructor Kevin Crusan has found that being dogmatic about a particular method or a model swing can be counterproductive. Instead, Kevin uses what he calls a "student-centered" swing model, tailoring his teaching approach to the strengths and abilities of each individual pupil—while still drawing inspiration from the numerous successful techniques used by the world's best golfers. This approach has proven effective, as Kevin has helped coach golfers who have won state championships and competed at the collegiate and professional level.
M&M Gymnastics & Dance's world champion gymnast and instructor, Chellsie Memmel, draws on Olympic training and myriad competitions as she guides tykes toward healthy lifestyles. Gymnastics classes focus on building coordination, strength, the ability to tightrope between skyscrapers, and self-confidence in boys and girls of all ages, starting in infancy. Dance classes elucidate varying motifs from ballet to hip hop in wee ones age 2 and older. M&M's staff encourages talented students to join their competitive gymnastics, dance, and thumb-wrestling teams to further foster an athletic lifestyle. The ample studio space hosts balance bars and floor space for practice, as well as an inflatable playground, two in-ground trampolines, and obstacle courses for fun.