The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
The baseball and softball instructors at Great Lakes Baseball Academy share their passion for America's pastime with students as they draw upon accolades that include two national minor-league titles and a high-school state softball record for strikeouts in one year. Inside the year-round, 5,000-square-foot facility, coaches with experience at the major, minor, and high-school levels enrich players' skills during private lessons and team-training sessions. Line drives echo through three climate-controlled, 80-foot batting and pitching tunnels, which include Iron Mike pitching machines that hurtle balls from 40 to 90 mph and occasionally charge the plate. Along with their training grounds, the academy's shop stays stocked with such gear as the latest bats and gloves.
Vibrant colors coat walls surrounding the glossy rinks at ERDU Skate-A-Rama , where experienced staff members monitor skaters of all ages in a family-friendly environment. Equipped with rented wheels, skaters glide along smooth surfaces under colorful lights to the beat of lively music. Their family members, perched along the rink's perimeter, watch or take bets on who can do a figure eight the fastest.
Skaters can take a break from four-wheeled footwear to play arcade games at some locations or silence rumbling stomachs with bites of pizza or other snacks, such as cones from the ice-cream shop, at ERDU Skate-a-Rama, which serves up swirls of soft serve doused with fudge.
MotorCity Trivia hosts ebullient live trivia shows at a variety of area bars and restaurants, letting teams and individuals alike munch on toothsome eats as their brains get tickled by challenging games. Monday-night munchers can detonate hunger with Lions & Tigers & Beers’ zing-infused Dynamite! burger ($8.99) laden with jalapeños and pepper jack cheese, and the Bayside Sports Grille’s macadamia-crusted Canadian whitefish ($16.95) sends mouths on a flavorful border-crossing sojourn on Wednesdays and Sundays. Those in search of circular sustenance during Friday and Saturday trivia fests can nibble through Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill’s comestibles, including a Caribbean jerk personal pizza ($12.59) festooned with sweet-and-spicy jerk sauce, bacon, and jalapeño steel drums. The chefs at CJ’s Brewing Company cloak Alaskan cod in a regal golden-ale beer batter when crafting their scrumptious fish 'n' chips ($10.99) for Thursday-evening feasts, and the burritos ($9.99) at Mr. B’s Rustic Tavern snuggle chicken or beef into soft flour-tortilla sleeping bags in honor of Tuesday dinner.
Most Popular Service: Golf instruction
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Nike and Callaway
Pro Tip: The focus is on the fundamentals of the game of golf for the greatest benefit to each student. The goal is to give participants the swing fundamentals that will provide confidence to enjoy the game of golf.
Tami Bealert, PGA Class A Professional and her staff work with golfers of all levels, from the beginner to the more advanced player, offering both group and private instruction to assist them in setting and achieving their goals. By focusing on the fundamentals, Tami and her staff ensure that players can both swing to their maximum potential as well as develop the confidence to play and love the game of golf for a lifetime.
Arctic Edge of Canton's two NHL-regulation-size rinks cater to winter sports lovers of all stripes: ice dancers, figure skaters, and hockey players. Arctic Edge's frequent open-skate sessions encourage visitors to take to the ice?either on their own skates or on a rented pair?and its adult hockey leagues encourage players to stay in shape. Arctic Edge is also home to the Arctic Figure Skating Club, where world-renowned ice-dancing and pairs coaches work with such people as 2010 Olympic gold medalists and 2014 Olympic competitors Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, and 2010 U.S. National gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
The facility caters to its champions and more than one million annual visitors with a pro shop and full concession stand, ensuring people are properly equipped and have enough hot cocoa to pour into their skates to warm up their toes. For birthday parties, Arctic Edge often fuels revelers with pizza and drinks.