After running a sawmill for 15 years in Corvallis, Mode and Babe sold it, retired, and bought a 74-acre parcel of land just because they wanted it—even though they had no plans for its use. At the urging of their friends, Mode and Babe decided to build a nine-hole golf course, not letting their lack of experience with the game dissuade them. Since that spontaneous founding in the 1950s, Marysville Golf Course has been operated by the same family and has served Eugene-area golfers with a nine-hole USGA-rated course that’s appropriate for all ages and experience levels. A first-come, first-served policy rewards early risers and sleep-skipping permagolfers, and new sand traps and greens comprise an elegant landscape over which golf balls briefly orbit before being dragged down by gravity. Additionally, a covered driving range allows for long-distance putting during thunderstorms or temporary ice ages, and the pro shop carries name brands such as Nike and Callaway in addition to a selection of new and used clubs.
An uncoordinated child, Jess didn't really discover her athletic side until college. At that time, though, a group of friends introduced her to activities such as yoga, hiking, rock climbing, and biking. She realized that, with a little training, she could change the way her body worked, and begin to trust her own limbs. Now, as the owner and trainer behind JessBFit Personal Training & Yoga, she helps others transform into healthier versions of the themselves. She teaches outdoor fitness classes and yoga, as well as one-on-one training sessions customized to help clients achieve their personal fitness goals.
In EcoFusion Fitness's one-on-one personal-training sessions, certified personal trainers shepherd bodies through various exercises while highlighting equipment-specific benefits and discussing proper form. Training takes place in a private studio, making participants feel at ease while keeping out lonely zephyrs. The 10-class punch card unveils daily group-fitness classes. There’s both energetic fitness yoga and quiet, meditative yoga—with studio-provided mats—as well as men's muscle-conditioning circuits. An '80s aerobic session accelerates heartbeats with classic tunes, old-school dance moves, and threats of cone-bra pokes. After workouts, weary bodies luxuriate in hot showers stocked with organic toiletries and dry off with complimentary towels.