Situated on 22 acres of land just west of Short Pump, Bogey's maintains an all-star roster of activities that has hosted fun outings since 1994. The facility's driving range, for starters, features 39 tee stations. Golfers can utilize every club in their bag while peppering targets that stretch from 25 yards to 250 yards. For short-game practice, the miniature golf course challenges putters with doglegs, water hazards, and other traps, and away from the greens, batting cage stations ping with pummeled balls as hitters take their hacks. Amid all this action, Bogey's makes sure to keep its guests fueled: the facility also boasts a snack bar and a pair of picnic areas.
By now, it?s no secret that Richmond Baseball Academy West has a knack for developing top baseball talent. More than 30 players who have been drafted by Major League teams have also either trained at facilities or played on one of the Academy?s traveling teams, including 2011 Cy Young winner Justin Verlander. And that?s in addition to hundreds of athletes who emerged from the program to play at the collegiate level.
Co-owned by former Major League reliever Cla Meredith, the Academy shapes future masters of the diamond with coaches who bring genuine field experience as they have all played the game at either the professional or college level. Pupils learn how to run down ground balls and put together solid at bats inside the Academy?s year-round facility in Richmond. It features batting cages, pitching machines, radar guns, and more of the latest teaching devices to help streamline training sessions.
Meanwhile, former softball standouts Synthia Reader and Sara Lassiter?a four-year player at Averett University?lead the softball program, which offers lessons for players of all ages and boasts its own competitive travel team. Richmond Baseball Academy also teaches youngsters aged 5?12 how to hit, field, and sniff out any sunflower seeds within the city limits in four-day baseball summer camps. It hosts more than 16 travel teams which accommodate ball players from age 8 to 17.
Three cyclists cruise the calm banks of the James River; one rides a brand new Gary Fisher, one sits atop a tuned-up fixed gear, and the other tests out a Trek rental bike—all thanks to Bikes Unlimited. The store’s downtown location, housed inside a historical brick building constructed in 1897, is stocked with mountain, road, and BMX bikes along with gear such as cycling computers, trainers, and jerseys. Mechanics at the downtown and Wyndhurst locations are on hand to perform necessary tune-ups and repairs, but the shop’s support for the cycling community doesn’t end there; the staff leads regular group rides, helps to build and maintain local mountain-bike trails, and sends cheetahs in pursuit of racers as a motivational tool.
Rustling leaves and whistling winds serve as the sole distractions for golfers playing through Cameron Hills Golf Links' 18-hole course. Designed so that no fairway would lay adjacent to another, the course prevents disruptions from impeding the flow of the game. Players need all the concentration they can muster to conquer the 6,603-yard course that’s littered with bunkers and pitfalls. The signature 9th hole challenges a golfer to drive 160 yards in the initial swing, setting up another 100-yard shot that requires precise aim. If the shot is too long, it will drift out of bounds; too short, and it will fall into a ravine filled with water, creating a shot nearly impossible to make without soaking one's shoes or draining the water one hat scoop at a time.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 73 course * Length of 6,603 yards from farthest tees * Five tee options available * Click here to see the scorecard.
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