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.
Kyle Brock doesn't just want to send you on an adventure; he wants to spoil you in the process. Owner of Wiley E. Waters, Brock has overseen whitewater trips across Idaho, Montana, and Washington for more than two decades. Safely guiding groups down the Spokane and Clark Fork Rivers, Brock and his gang of instructors steer rafts of aquatic adventurers aged 5 and older through rushing white rapids and across placid waters during half- and full-day trips. They also offer team-building trips, helping groups work together, develop communication skills, and avoid doing trust falls in a classroom.
At Sharp Shooting Indoor Range & Gun Shop—an NRA affiliate range—certified instructors teach firearm courses focused on safety and defense. In the introductory handgun safety and marksmanship course, instructors cover essential aspects of shooting such as stance, grip, and aim. Other options include women's self-defense and two levels of handgun education. After imparting these skills, the instructors turn their three eyes toward the range, where 22 individual shooting positions let guests practice with nearly all handgun calibers. Away from the practice area, the gun shop sells handguns, rifles, and accessories.
A locally owned fitness destination for 30 years, Peak Health & Wellness provides patrons with three facilities as spacious and well-maintained as gyms owned by a corporate entity, but as personalized as a family business. Guests walk into any location to find large workout floors stocked with rows of cardio and strength equipment, separate group-aerobics studios, and indoor courts for playing tennis, squash, basketball, and pretend jury duty. The personable staff of certified trainers lead 40 distinct fitness programs including group classes of Insane-X, X-Fit, and spin, while onsite childcare centers watch over the little ones as parents work out. To solve the other side of the health and wellness equation, each locale hosts various nutrition programs and seminars.
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.
Oceanic blue and turquoise walls and vintage surfboards evoke a beachy feel inside Montego Bay Tanning Co. The airy salon houses private rooms with Wolff, SunStar, StarPower, and Ultra Bronze beds that work to tan clients without the fuss of spending all day outside under the sweltering sun. Montego Bay also houses a standup booth and even a leg tanner. For folks that prefer a UV-free glow, spray tans offer a natural look without any streaks or crop circles left on the body.