Trilogy Golf Club maintains more than 6,900 yards of manicured greens in the Queen Creek Wash to sate the club-swinging cravings of visiting golfers. The 18-hole, par 71 course designed by architect Dick Bailey meanders across subtle elevation changes and strategically placed mounding to challenge both novices and experts, while treating their eyeballs to panoramic views of the San Tan Range and Superstition Mountains, home to the world's most credulous mountain goats.
The Bear Creek Golf Complex contains two courses with very different challenges. Stretching across 3,552 yards, the par 59 Cub Course tests experienced players with swales and collection areas but is also a good way to ease beginners into the game. On the par 71 Bear Course, meanwhile, golfers pit their skills against rolling fairways and strategic bunkering.
Built by the U.S. Air Force before opening to the public in 1993, Toka Sticks Golf Club sports nearly 6,700 yards of playing area peppered with 18 recently declassified holes. As the silhouettes of mountains hold up "Quiet" signs in the distance, numerous trees serve as obstacles on the parkland-style course's narrow fairways and small greens. The course also challenges golfers and golf-cart chauffeurs with all-time course records of 60 strokes and 7 miles per hour, respectively. Players can prepare to beat this record with a token to the facility’s practice range, valid for approximately 40 practice balls that can be belted into the stratosphere or bartered for roadrunner eggs.
The idea for Waterworks on Wheels blossomed in the backyards of the East Valley. Founder Janice Jaicks traveled from home to home, guiding children's swimming strokes inside their own pools. Soon, the demand for her lessons required her to hire more instructors, and in addition to her summer house calls, Janice set up shop at four health clubs for year-round classes.
Today she and her team acquaint children aged 10 months–10 years with the water through a mix of patience, kindness, and know-how. The instructors seamlessly combine safety with fun, and though they specialize in teaching preschoolers and first-time swimmers, they can engage kids of all skill levels with more advanced aquatic exercises and even have a program to boost the competitive skills of adults. By maintaining a small student-to-teacher ratio, they focus on enhancing each person's aptitude regardless of prior years spent land-locked or recent hours spent swallowing helium.
The mechanics of Bikes Direct and Bike Masters treat cycles to the repairs and tune-ups that keep life rolling along. They also pair riders with brand-specific bike clothing and accessories such as carriages that give kids, dogs, or stuffed animal collections a place to ride with you. Their armada of bikes spans all cycling varieties, helping customers begin their two-wheeled adventures on bikes ranging from mountain and road to BMX and beach cruisers. Anyone who purchases one of these rides also pedals away with lifetime complimentary tune-ups, a 30-day price match guarantee, and a basic bike fitting.
Since 1991, Aqua-Tots Swim School's comprehensive eight-level program has turned thousands of hydrophobes into probes of the aqueous abyss. Levels range from tadpoles (little swimmers aged 6–18 months) to stingrays, a level for swimmers of any age who can already freestyle independently with sidestroke and backstroke, but want to refine their skills. Class capacity never reaches more than four students in order to provide focused, individualized instruction and equitable splitting of double Popcicles. An active board member of the U.S. Swim School Association, Aqua-Tots Swim School doesn't just teach children how to swim; the rigorously trained instructors are dedicated to making a difference in the kids' lives through confidence-building encouragement and early space training to give them an edge in moon-college admissions.