Dunedin Stirling Links' 18 par 3 holes sprawl across 27 acres of Scottish links-style fairways. Whereas a typical links course has few trees, this one is lined with pines and palms, blocking the wind from knocking shots off course and blowing up kilts. The course is short overall—its longest hole is just 163 yards—welcoming novice golfers and giving experienced players a chance to hone their short games. What the course lacks in length, it makes up for in challenging shots—the 10th, 17th, and 18th tee shots must each clear water hazards.
Golfers can work toward improving their personal best at the practice facility, complete with a lighted driving range for evening repetitions and a 4,000-square-foot putting green.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 54 course * Total length of 2,264 yards from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Up to six family members are covered by the membership, and each person can save as much as $30 on fine-art classes, attend gallery openings for free, exhibit their own art in an annual members' show, and receive a permit to use the word "mimesis." Each trip to the center is potentially different, as the exhibitions rotate constantly. The current exhibition, Wondrous, runs through December 23, and showcases an assortment of handcrafted bobbles and an immersive holiday setting. After perusing artful works, bust out the $10 certificate and head to the café for consumable masterpieces, or visit the gift shop to pick up a keepsake to commemorate the visit.
Computerized scoring systems outfit each of Dunedin Lanes' 24 pin-stocked playing fields, keeping track of turkeys, strikes, and spares during the alley's weekly schedule of league and open play. Children's bumpers help wee ones roll with confidence, and during after-dark hours, adults can take advantage of a fully stocked bar, karaoke, and tunes blasted through a thumping sound system. On Friday and Saturday nights, the neon lights of cosmic bowling give the beach-themed interior the otherworldly glow of a Martian lifeguard tower. While not steamrolling a path through pin clusters, guests can play a round of pool, enjoy fare from the Chatterbox restaurant, or peruse the supply of gear in the Prestige Pro Shop. Dunedin Lanes also offers fully stocked birthday-party packages, which include bowling, snacks, and a supply of arcade tokens.
The crew at Kayak Valet has one mission: to get more people out and enjoying the local waterways and scenery via kayaks or paddleboards. Since storing, hauling, unloading, reloading, and potty training their own kayaks can deter people from boating, the team sets up shop to cancel out such deterrents. They take care of nearly every task, bringing all equipment necessary for a leisurely paddle on puddles of all sizes right to the launch site. The crew will pick up and deliver equipment to popular launch sites within Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee Counties. To keep the aquatic adventure accessible, the shop rents only kayaks and standup paddleboards that can be piloted by anyone, experienced or not. Additionally, they give visitors tips on paddling and safety techniques and sell new kayaks, paddleboards, and accessories.
Dunedin Watersports sets visitors sailing past fluffy clouds and gentle wakes on the Gulf of Mexico on jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, and jet boats. With rental sessions lasting from 30 minutes to a full day, staff members equip renters with the means to paddle out to the likes of Caladesi Island State Park and its mangroves or zip along the tranquil coastline. Jet-boat rentals speed groups to fishing locations, and when the water is right, visitors may try paddleboarding with Poseidon's trident. The team can also provide fishing gear for angling trips or sets of snorkeling gear to get visitors close enough to swim alongside fish. The newest addition to the fleet is the jet-pack-like flyboard, which uses hydraulic water pressure to create forceful streams that help to propel participants from the water?s surface and through the air.