Carved into the rolling landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Auburn Hills Golf Club's 18-hole course features 6,534 yards of elevated tee boxes and breathtaking views of the Southwest Virginia countryside. Throughout the course, players encounter tantalizing high-risk-and-high-reward shots straight from the architectural mind of Algie Pulley, such as the par-4 13th hole, which dares big hitters to drive for a half-visible green hiding 306 yards in the distance. More straightforward challenges await at the 190-yard, par-3 17th, where duffers must calm gun-shy golf carts before sending tee shots somersaulting over two large ponds that stand sentry in front of the green. The pristine par-72 opens its arboreal arms to golfers of all ages and experience levels with four tee options.
PGA instructor Werner Riemer uses Auburn Hills' sunlit green as a classroom, where the master dispenses his golf wisdom to students. Werner’s teaching techniques have bolstered the talents of LPGA Hall of Famer Sandra Handy, and also earned him special PGA certification in golf instruction, a feat obtained by only 1% of PGA members and 3% of computer simulators.
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At Dowell Chiropractic, Dr. Steven Dowell kneads out soft-tissue injuries of all sizes and types using Active Release Techniques (ART), ultrasound, and electric currents. At the beginning of each visit, Dr. Dowell scours bodies for any soft-tissue problems through motion examinations and orthopedic testing. After uncovering maladies, the treatment begins with electrical muscle stimulation and a softly sung lullaby to send soothing currents into problem areas. A 30-minute session of ART massage follows, drawing on more than 500 specific movements, myofascial-release techniques, and gentle pressure to isolate and relieve each patient's individual soft-tissue troubles. On particularly problematic areas, Dr. Dowell draws on the sonic power of an ultrasound to break up scar tissue, improving mobility, range of motion, and the ability to pole-vault through third-story windows.
With more than 25 years of teeth-tinkering experience, Dr. Miller Lewis and his affable staff keep ivories healthy and bright by using powerful technology and gentle techniques. During each exam, dental experts survey mouths for signs of gum disease before a batch of x-rays highlight any cavities, filling problems, or chocolate chips disguised as incisors. Trained tools then cleanse and polish teeth, leaving smiles smooth and shiny for months to come.
Floating is the number-one activity at this small-town fitness center, which boasts three pools. A two-story water slide ushers guests into the leisure pool via three slick loops, and a zero-depth beach entry lets them ease into the water at their own pace without getting drenched. Guests can hone their butterfly strokes in four 20-yard lap lanes or existentially ponder the nature of water in the deep end, which is heated to 86 degrees. Visitors may also dive into an Olympic–size competition pool from 5-, 7.5- and 10-meter platforms, then speed through 9-foot lanes. Those with sore joints can ease into the therapy pool, which pampers sore joints with soothing 94-degree water.
Swimmer-specific fitness equipment fills a nearby cardio room, where Vasa trainers help guests to perfect front crawls and backstrokes with body-weight exercises. Treadmills, ellipticals, and recumbent bikes bolster cross-training regimens, along with Magnum strength trainers designed to tone the entire body. The facility also boasts a wet classroom that hosts scuba trainings, a kitchen, and shower-equipped locker rooms.
The indoor summits at Crimper?s Climbing Gym stretch up to 16 feet in the bouldering arena, 23 feet in the top-rope range, and 30 feet in the lead climbing section. In each specialized area, colorful holds of different shapes and sizes riddle wall faces. Climbers navigate these holds by practicing the fundamentals across the varied angles, heights, and distances that span between them. Beginners will find wall routes tailored to their skill set, just as technically advanced climbers will find more complicated boulder scenarios. Crimper?s Climbing also offers classes, hosts birthday parties and team-building exercises, and extends membership opportunities to enthusiasts and agoraphobic billy goats.
Omkarra Yoga, now has two locations! One is in the dance studio on Downey St. in Radford and one at 436 Peppers Ferry Rd. in Chrisitansburg near the mall. Each location is a peaceful space to explore and infuse your yoga practice. Our style of teaching calms the mind and energizes the spirit.