At Evolution Rock + Fitness, the climbing courses, fitness programs, and climbing parties follow its mission statement's goal "To build upon, strengthen, and evolve with climbers and the climbing community." Boasting 16,000 square feet of climbing surface, the center provides some of the most modern and extensive climbing walls in northern New England. On a given day, a mix of expert and novice climbers scale surfaces through lead climbing, speed climbing, and bouldering. Energy-efficient and nontoxic furnishings earned the center accolades as a top energy efficient and environmentally friendly climbing gym in the region. A team of design experts at Rockwerx in Barre, Mass., also sculpted the signature walls, which welcome all ranges of climbers throughout the week. In addition to whipping people into shape, Evolution Rock + Fitness seeks to be "the conduit between this rich history and the future of climbing." The Fitness center also offers yoga and Pilates mat classes, aerial fabric yoga, zumba, and a mix of fitness equipment.
Divided between two locations in Manchester and Nashua, Vertical Dreams' 15,000 square feet of simulated mountainside are packed with obstacles and tough sections to challenge climbers of all skill levels. At the Manchester gym, gutted elevator shafts lined with hand grips extend four stories upward, creating 70-foot vertical surfaces. The Nashua location boasts 10,000 square feet of wall space, with textured surfaces that respond realistically to climber's hands and feet and fill their nostrils with simulated rock smells.
Vertical Dreams' staff of veteran climbers teaches students one-on-one or in groups. In beginner lesson packages, instructors show aspiring climbers the figurative and literal ropes involved in belaying, climbing, and knot tying, and the teachers in advanced top-roping and sport-climbing classes push their students' abilities to climb solo or in a lead position.
On May 29, 1970, the first drive flew down the fairway of the first hole at Manchester Country Club and came to a stop on the carpet-like fairways that would become its trademark. Though the front nine had only just been completed and the back nine still needed some work, Opening Day at Manchester Country Club proved an auspicious beginning for the club. It represented the collective efforts of the community, the local golf governing body, and a vanguard of early members who took a bet on the club in its infancy.
Today, the finished design first drawn up by architect Geoffrey Cornish still rolls through 165 acres of the Green Mountains, though in a slightly different form. The front nine remains intact, but the back nine has undergone some improvements over the years. A full renovation that incorporated 34 additional acres was completed in 2003, bringing the course up to its present length of nearly 6,800 yards. In addition to a lengthy golf course, the club boasts a golf shop, four Class-A PGA/LPGA Professional instructors, two clay tennis courts, and full service dining facilities.
Course at a Glance
The ping of sharp line drives and towering drives echo over the grounds at Legends Golf, where athletes of all ages compete in rounds of miniature golf and hone swings in the batting cages or at the driving range.
Golf balls trickle down topsy-turvy tracks at the 18-hole miniature-golf course, which weaves through rock faces and tiny geysers that erupt with glee any time a player misses an easy putt. Eight target greens populate the 300-yard driving range, where new Wilson Staff Range Balls touch down after taking flight from 45 synthetic mats or 35 grass tees.
Under the vaulted roof of the batting cages, nine pitching machines send baseballs and softballs speeding toward hitters as they get the most out of every at bat and discreetly argue balls and strikes with imaginary umpires. To pass the time in between mini-golf rounds or during kids' golf lessons, guests can use Legends' wireless Internet connection free of charge.
It's not just punches and kicks at Manchester Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?instructors ultimately aim to build character in students both young and old. In addition to karate classes for kids and adults, the team teaches self-defense techniques such as the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu method. The program, which was initially developed for the U.S. Army, covers protection techniques against knives, choke-holds, and tumbleweeds.
Ballroom Dance Instruction for Kids, Teens, Adults, & Wedding couples! Specializing in wedding dance preparation for bride & grooms and same-sex couples. Father/daughter, Mother/son, and bridal party dance prep!
Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Salsa, Line dance, Kid & Teen group classes offered. Gift certificate available.