The Fairways Golf Course’s layout unfurls over rolling terrain teeming with wetlands and native grasses. Multiple water hazards and fast greens pose challenges for experienced players, and relatively open fairways and a set of closer, forward tees cater to golfers of all experience levels. A dramatic conclusion awaits at the par-4, 419-yard 18th hole—the course’s most challenging hole—where golfers must contend with a dog-leg right and a small pond that arches around the front and left sides of the green. Golfers can prepare for the round at the driving range and practice green, or simply ask the course’s beverage-cart operator for the liquid cure for a slice-prone swing.
A grassroots organization dedicated to protecting the environment in the Inland Northwest, The Lands Council serves as a leading conservation voice in the region. In addition to protecting thousands of acres of public land—and thus helping preserve local forests and wildlife—The Lands Council funds Project SUSTAIN, an effort to provide local students with outdoor, hands-on learning activities.
Project SUSTAIN combines in-class lessons with field trips to teach students about forests, water, wildlife, and sustainability. Through this program, students have planted nearly 2,000 trees and potted more than 50 seedlings. For leader Kat Hall, the real joy of the project is seeing the direct effect on students as they plant trees along a waterway in the Saltese Uplands or build and race their own solar-powered mini cars.
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A stone’s throw from the Spokane Arena, more than 20 high-definition, flat-screen televisions line the walls of The Tailgater Sports Bar, where diners flock to take in a game while enjoying 10 beers on tap and wings doused in one of three sauces. In addition to classic appetizers including jalapeño poppers and fish and chips, the staff flips eight types of third-pound certified Angus burgers, and tops country-fried steak sandwiches with gravy. On select weekends, the bar hosts events where DJs spin top-40 tunes or notable poker players challenge guests.
Silver shines throughout the weight room at Oz Fitness Airway Heights, which is filled with more Cybex weight-training machines and free weights than Popeye’s spinach-less nightmares. Cardio enthusiasts amp up heart rates on one of 25 pieces of equipment and can accentuate their fat blasting with a sleek tan from either a standup or lie-down machine. With the gym offering close-knit small community approach to their customers, memberships include unlimited group fitness classes, such as Zumba, cycling, and yoga, and those who prefer one-on-one coaching can tap into the expertise of a personal trainer. Post workout, exercisers can head to their respective locker rooms for a hot shower or stint in the dry sauna.
With six aquatic centers scattered across town, Spokane Parks and Recreation champions summertime fun with well-equipped hydro-havens. With an adult (18 years old or older) or youth (3–17 years old) pass, swimmers can take advantage of unlimited recreational pool access. Most of the aquatic centers boast zero-depth entry for toddlers to safely wet their feet, as well as waterslides, separate lap pools, and the entire cast from Law and Order: Pacific Ocean Unit as lifeguards. Accompanying the maritime merriment, each facility also includes a large deck for lounging outside of the pool as well as adjacent parks and shaded areas for hiding from falling sunbeams.