Seventy-five years separate Watson Ranch Golf’s front and back nines, which billow across an undulating parcel of wooded terrain just east of the Coos River. Known as Coos Country Club when it opened for play in 1923, the course’s original nine holes were designed by H. Chandler Egan. A successful amateur golfer himself, his idea of a proper introduction was welcoming players with a pair of stiff par 5s. While Mr. Egan would go on to redesign the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links just six years later, Watson Ranch Golf remained a 9-hole course until 1998, when it sprouted a back nine. Today, the 18-hole course also incorporates a driving range, a chipping area, and two practice putting greens where golfers can limber up before acquainting themselves with Mr. Egan’s opening holes.
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The expert staff at Coaches’ Athletic enriches the batting and catching skills of beginner and advanced ballplayers alike with team, group, and private lessons. Loaded with baseballs and softballs by coaches or parents, self-feed machines launch slow and fast pitches at guests practicing their swing in the indoor hitting cages. The remainder of the turfed indoor facility accommodates drills and scrimmages, and the instant feedback of ProMirror video-analysis training lets visitors pinpoint their strengths and weaknesses after each play. Once practice is over, patrons can load up on athletic gear such as masks, mitts, and instructional videos on training zebras as referees.
Servicing the cycles of beginner and advanced riders alike, Collin's Cycle Shop coasts on its reputation of attentive customer service and mechanical excellence. The cycling-centric staff assists riders in finding a range of pedal-worthy products to complement their tour du jour. A variety of fenders ($50), indoor racks ($40), and car racks ($75) dot the brightly lit showroom alongside fixed-gear and multi-gear bike brands from manufacturers such as Giant, Redline, and Specialized. Helmets ($45+) and lights ($20–$145) ensure rider safety while U-locks ($45) protect bikes from floating away into the stratosphere. Cyclists enjoy free tune-ups with all new bike purchases, as wells as free lifetime truing on all custom-made wheels. Recognizing the varied goals and needs of every customer, Collin's Cycles offers customized bike fitting ($50–$300) for commuters, enthusiasts, and professional riders. A two-wheeling tech works with each rider during the fitting by installing ergonomically savvy combinations of handlebars, stems, and grips on the bike for optimal positioning and comfortable saddling of damsels in distress.