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.
Building a strong community bond is as important to Salem Sabres’ owner, Rhonda Alexander, as is forming an elite basketball squad. For the team's first season in the American Basketball Association, Rhonda recruited young players who shared her enthusiasm for the sport, but also a passion for helping others. Between practices and games against Pacific Northwest Division foes, Sabres players take time to host community events and volunteer at local schools, performing in anti-bullying skits, playing pickup games with the students, and giving kids expert tips on how to spell "horse" both on and off the court.
At Crux Rock Climbing Gym, more than 9,000 square feet of climbing walls challenge guests as they tackle roofs, overhangs, and bouldering caves. Roped climbers are secured with auto-locking belay devices called grigris, allowing them to safely explore Crux’s many routes knowing their ropes are in extra-good hands. Climbs range from simple, juggy routes with easy-to-grasp holds to complex ascents that may require careful footwork or the flying leap of a dyno. Following a workout on Crux’s towering walls or in one of its three bouldering areas, visitors can dig into Hawaiian, Polynesian, and Asian cuisine at Ron's Island Grill, the gym's onsite restaurant. The gym also hosts summer camps, parties, and nights for female climbers only.
A USHPA-certified advanced and tandem instructor, John of Oregon Hang Gliding School has taken to the skies on hang gliders since 1990 and taught the sport to newcomers since 1997. He also advises the curriculum for a university engineering program laying out pointers in a systematic way, and discouraging the use of protractors as weapons. Under John’s guidance, students begin with introductory lessons and ground school before advancing along the path to earning individual pilot ratings.
Zumba Monmouth at The Dance Studio’s trio of footloose instructors—Elaine, Jeanette, and Janey—shimmy and shake up normal workout routines with heart-pumping, muscle-toning, and fun-inducing dance moves. Mirror reflections dance a combo of cumbia, merengue, and salsa steps as their owners flambé calories and tone muscles to Latin-inspired music and international beats infused with a club vibe. Since the goal is to keep moving, rather than to execute a perfect tour jeté or an impressive head spin, students need no experience to drop in whenever the urge to samba strikes. The studio modifies traditional Zumba with low-impact varieties that ease strain on joints and set a good example for orbiting asteroids with big ideas. Zumba Gold sessions open up the dance floor for older students, and Zumbatomic classes set kids aged 8–12 on the path to fitness.