For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has bedecked kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor and gear so that they can kick, swing, punt, and take flamboyant exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives every day, and the friendly staff can lead quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands lining the spacious storefront shelves, including Callaway, Taylor Made, Nike, Adidas, Easton, Horizon Fitness, and more. Prices vary by item, but you'll have enough credit to purchase a ton of different athletic accoutrements. Baseball fans can outfit themselves with a bat, a glove, a helmet, a pair of batting gloves, cleats, or a dozen baseballs. Divot devotees, meanwhile, can load up on 100 used golf balls or three golf discs. Otherwise, get started on a random collection of medicine balls, hockey sticks, and 25-pound weights so that you're prepared to play any sports that appear to you in dreams.
Since 1944, Ball Equipment has furnished customers not only with powerful, brand name outdoor equipment, but also a knowledgeable staff with the skills to keep their gear in proper shape. A collection of new and pre-owned Cub Cadet riding mowers, Troy-Bilt tillers and Husqvarna chainsaws keep nature at bay, while ATVs and snowmobiles by Polaris help adventurers get some much-needed wind in their hair. To keep gas-powered goodies in working order, engine professionals offer tune-up services ranging from changing oil and filters to replacing mower blades bent after an accidental collision with the kids' pet cannonball.
All 50,000 square feet of the Total Sports facility are packed to the rafters with athletic and leisure activities. The space welcomes team play with a full bowling alley and courts for racquetball, handball, and Wallyball?a game that challenges players to ricochet a ball from the walls of the court, which is the only respectable way to play tennis against yourself. An outdoor field hosts recreational and league softball games. Downstairs, a fitness center allows for cardio and resistance training, while a spa sauna and whirlpool melt away stress. Upstairs lies a sprawling sports bar, where the aromas of pub fare, such as sandwiches and pizza, join with the sounds of sporting events screened on HDTVs.
Founded by two wilderness guides in 1992, Moosejaw has merged an Everest-sized variety of top-flight outdoor goods with thoughtful, friendly service, leading CityVoters to name the retailer the Best Outdoor Apparel store for two years running. Beloved brands such as The North Face, Patagonia, Mountain Hard Wear, Marmot, and Arc'teryx decorate the walls, and Moosejaw's own product line has fanatics worldwide. Outfit a summer surfing trip with some funky boardshorts ($19.99–$59) and some Hyperflex Mesh gloves ($23.95) to ensure maximum tread when open-face slapping disorderly waves. There's an extensive array of footwear to pacify and protect your lower paws. Lace haters and hip Dutch tulip farmers can slip on the snug Merrell clogs ($70). Moosejaw's glut of gear covers a wide range of activities, from snowboarding and rock climbing to indoor sunglassing and extreme strollering.
PGA pros Alex Macko and Alex "Breezy" Koskos propagate sound pin-hunting form from their post at Jawor's Golf Center, which fosters year-round practice with indoor and outdoor training areas. The duo can demystify the subtle mechanics of the golf swing at the center's 44-tee driving range, which features 14 covered, heated stalls that enable practice sessions during inclement weather. With clubs and apparel from brands such as Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist, the full-service pro shop offers equipment upgrades as well as repair services for club shafts snapped by players who mistakenly teed up a bocce ball. Two outdoor, 18-hole mini-golf courses buttress the facility, inviting players to work on their putting form as life-size cartoon characters break the tension after a missed gimme or a dispute about whether or not an abandoned shoe is an acceptable ball marker.
Initially conceived of in 1987 as a way for an avid paintball player and his friends to acquire discounted merchandise, Lone Wolf Paintball swiftly evolved into a multi-location business throughout Michigan. One year after opening, Bristol Apple Orchard in Almont accommodated the budding business with its first playing field. These days, an indoor field allows for year-round paintball. The 20,000 sq. ft. facility encompasses a speedball field with artificial turf, which spectators can observe from viewing areas including a second-story observation deck. Referees ensure that each player competes safely.