River Heights Golf Course blends traditional and links-style holes that straddle the banks of the Kishwaukee River and bring water into play on every hole after the first. The course’s wicked 10th hole sports two aquatic hazards—the river, which guards the the green, and a pond on the right side—in addition to a bunker on the left side. Many consider this the hardest hole, but the third rivals it with a pond-guarded green at the end of a fairway bordered by the river and a copse of trees. The fairway's length can make or break a golfer’s game, especially when wind kicks up or a golfing buddy lets out an ill-timed sneeze. The DeKalb Park District manages the course, ensuring that its carpets of bluegrass flourish. The clubhouse gives players a place to lounge on a wraparound patio and deck, sipping drinks and telling tales of the time they saw Tiger Woods bend a 9-iron into a pretzel. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,528 yards * Course rating of 70.8 * Slope rating of 118 * See the scorecard and hole details * Three tee options
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Although Toula Smith found that running helped calm her anxiety, she still felt like something was missing. She didn't feel like she ever had complete control over her problem until she tried yoga. She fell head over feet for this discovery, eventually opening Breathe, The Art of Yoga. At this studio, she welcomes students of all ages and skill levels to experience the physical and mental benefits of yoga during 60-minute Vinyasa Flow and guided meditation classes. During yoga sessions, she keeps the temperature inside the studio at a cozy 85 degrees to help each student stretch their muscles to the fullest, detoxify, and melt any accidentally swallowed ice sculptures.
Cardinal Fitness provides a throng of workout amenities in a fully equipped epicenter of exercise. Bolster blood-pumping organs with sophisticated cardio equipment while buttressing biceps and shaping solar plexuses on top-notch strength-training equipment. Although Austrian bodybuilders have pumped the world's iron supply to dangerously low levels, Cardinal still provides enough of the strength-fortifying mineral for a wide array of free weights. Your personal training session will give you a jump-start at the gym and enhance subsequent workouts by providing you with information on the best exercises for your body, as well as individualized advice for achieving fitness goals.
At Katerpillar Kids Yoga, instructor Sue Erickson—a ChildLight Yoga instructor—helps children exercise their bodies and imaginations with creative yoga lessons. During the one-hour sessions, kids explore yoga poses and breathing techniques, blending these practices with storytelling and games such as freeze dance. Also an experienced equestrian, Erickson offers classes that blend horseback riding and yoga components.
With its bare hands, Norris Recreation Center tears through the piecemeal membership and class fees that keep exercisers from traditional gyms, and flings open the doors to its modern facility. A gift from the St. Charles–native Norris family, the nonprofit establishment makes living healthier a viable option. Within its stone walls, five dedicated rooms bustle with the whir of cardio and weight-training equipment, and swimmers careen down the 12 lanes of the 50-meter pool during lessons, lap swims, and open pool time. The squeaks of pivoting sneakers peal off the racquetball court's walls, and twosomes, foursomes, and Billie Jean King's army of clones descend on the four tennis courts, which guests rent by the hour. Members can simmer in the center's saunas or whirlpool, or shuck off tension with a swedish, sport-injury, orthopedic, or deep-tissue massage before showering and retrieving their gym bags from complimentary lockers.
Trained instructors lead 13 free classes throughout the week, with diverse aerobic curricula that include cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. For individualized guidance, personal trainers coach clients out of workout plateaus. As parents work out, childcare professionals engage lads and lasses with interactive games, toys, and movies in the center's nursery, where kids build social skills and imagination while pretending to be heroic astronauts, firefighters, or accountants.