Touted by The Sand Trap as "Erie's best public course," Whispering Woods Golf Club provides a comfortable yet challenging environment for beginners to smooth out the rough edges of their game and veteran ball-whackers to whittle their skills to a finer point. The John Exley-designed, 18-hole course encompasses sprawling, lush fairways lined with huddles of tall trees and streams crisscrossing the rolling terrain. Five sets of tees afford golfers varied approaches to the water hazards and 50 formidable bunkers peppered throughout the scrupulously maintained course. A cart rental for two relieves the burden of those playing exclusively with 17-irons.
Every Friday night, Lakettes & Lakers Gymnastics Academy hosts a jovial horde of miniature gymnasts aged 3–13 for a three-hour jaunt across a jungle of adventurous play stations. A USAG-safety-certified staff of athletes keeps an alert eye on stimulated sprouts as they rocket from an in-ground trampoline, casting their sky-bound seal of approval on 7,200 square feet of gymnastics equipment and fitness games. Tots can safely perfect plummets on a 40-foot-long tumbling trampoline or escape from imaginary koala stampedes by coasting down a toddler zip line. An energizing feast of pizza and juice sate agile appetites before doe-eyed leapers take a postmeal constitutional down one of Lakettes & Lakers' balance-beam thoroughfares. The Kid's Night Out program lets parents drop off their children to enjoy a quiet evening devoid of lamp-shattering handsprings over the family dog.
Golf Evolution strives to transform butterfingered putt pendulators into stroke-savvy sultans through a geometry-based teaching technique that has the golfer shift their weight forward to help them push and draw the ball. The skilled instructor bestows zen-like tips upon students, such as approaching the ball from the inside and making sure the club strikes ground in the proper place, preventing unwanted geysers of boiling magma. Games are technologically improved with a high-speed video swing analysis from ultramodern Analyzr software.
The Builders Association of Northwestern Pa (BANWPA) is a not-for-profit, professional, trade organization chartered by NAHB in 1951 working to make this area a better place to live and work. We are made up of builders, remodelers, developers, suppliers, financiers and those affiliated with the building industry.
Operation Milsim Paintball equips sharpshooters for four hours of weekend walk-on play on its 10 acres of outdoor fields. Pretend-mercenaries of all skill levels arm themselves with premium markers, air tanks, masks, and hot air balloon exit strategies before charging onto three fields dubbed TacTown, Bush, and OAS. There, players evade pigment-projectiles as they dodge behind stacks of tires, plywood structures, and abandoned cars, while referees maintain clean, safe games in adherence to Operation Milsim's rules and regulations. Visitors can restock their paintball palettes for an additional cost ($40 for 500 rounds) and check out the company's FAQs before arrival to enhance their experiences.
The designers of Harbor Ridge Golf Club aimed to make their course welcoming to golfers of all ages and skill levels, and it shows. In addition to the standard four-tee setup, the course furnishes each of the nine holes with two additional sets of family tees, ensuring everyone from long-driving dads to just-starting-out youngsters can enjoy the game together. As groups rocket their golf balls off of each bent-grass tee and roll putts over each undulant green, Lake Erie glitters in the background. Its horizontal blue line spans above the lush greenery of the course, a calming force for players facing high-pressure putts or trying to shame the ball into going into the hole. If players can't peel themselves away from the sight at the culmination of their round, they can retire to the deck at the Harbor View Grill for postround drinks and bites while gazing wistfully at the lake's broad expanse.
When on-course goals prove elusive, players can hit the 280-yard driving range to blast reps off the grass tees. A practice bunker and practice putting green await short-game practice, and an LPGA and PGA Class A instructor offers advice for straightening out hooks and slices.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Total length of 3,281 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Six sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard