Skilled, experienced captain Ted Teufel, a licensed guide in Oregon and Alaska, scouts out seasonal swimmers during educational excursions to Tillamook Bay and other regional fishing holes. Groups of four to six fishers climb aboard a 22-foot Willie boat and hit the scenic waterscapes, patrolling rivers for hefty salmon, acrobatic steelhead, and misplaced giant squid. Throughout the trip, Teufel will tap into his vast fishing knowledge to bestow wisdom upon novice pole wielders. The precise location of each trip varies by season and fish's zodiac signs, but every trek includes all necessary equipment and bait. Tour-goers should bring rain gear and a camera, and since each excursion can last for up to 10 hours, twosomes are encouraged to pack a lunch.
The Forest Hills Golf Course has been a golfing destination for Portland residents since it was first built back in 1927. The course, just 26 miles west of the city, is spread across 100 acres of rolling terrain inundated with mountain views. Before rounds, players can warm up on practice facilities that include a bunker, driving range, and four putting greens. Once you've hit some balls and given a pep talk to your putter, it's time to hit the pine-tree lined course, where you'll encounter sand traps, water hazards, and doglegs. For a sneak peak, Forest Hills' website provides a comprehensive layout of the course.
After an eight-year career in minor-league baseball, Coach Victor Hernandez went on to instruct hitting in 1986 at Eastern Oregon University, where he helped the team set most of its hitting records that still stand today. These days, Coach Vic teaches youth baseball players the same philosophies that penned EOU into the record books. At his indoor facility, he perfects students' hitting techniques in a professional batting cage furnished with a Home Plate pitching machine that lobs baseballs at speeds of up to 90 mph. The multitalented pitching apparatus can throw fastballs, curveballs, sinkers, sliders, change-ups, and kitchen sinks with a slight rising action, emulating various in-game situations with pinpoint accuracy. Softball players can also hone their hitting fundamentals similarly with the cage's Atec fast-pitch softball machine.
During one-on-one or group sessions, Coach Vic unveils the elements of a homerun swing, including proper stance, bat grip, and load. Through a series of drills, he gets batters to focus on proper hand action through the hitting zone and teaches them how to repeat the motion in every swing. As an all-around baseball player himself, Coach Vic can also instruct pitching mechanics.
The nine-hole golf course zigzags across former farmland and crosses McKay Creek twice, showcasing bucolic scenery and water hazards that come into play on numerous holes. Split evenly into par 3s, 4s, and 5s, the par 36 course stretches 2,761 yards and presents a gauntlet of greenside bunkers and hoarding tree boughs hoping to add golf balls to their collections of eggs. Prior to a round, players can conduct swing experiments by sending Nike range balls toward target greens on the driving range. Players take shots in one of 22 covered, heated stalls, and can continue bombardment under the cover of night thanks to the overhead lights that stay illuminated until 9 p.m.
Course at a Glance:
• For $39, you get one month of boys' or girls' beginning or intermediate gymnastics classes, held once per week (up to a $107 value, including $25 registration fee). • For $49, you get one month of boys' or girls' beginning or intermediate gymnastics classes, held twice per week (up to a $148 value, including $25 registration fee).
Meriwether National Golf Club invites players across the handicap spectrum to test their mettle at the 27-hole golf complex carved through the farmland of the Tualatin Valley. The club?s 18-hole, 6,719-yard layout incorporates open terrain, tree lines, and ponds that test golfers? ability to adapt to course conditions and phase out the indigenous birds demanding to use headcovers as nests. Golfers looking for an expedited round can loop the club?s nine-hole course, which lets players hone approach shots with six par 3s and three par 4s. Stationed next to the course, the Meriwether Grill remains open until 7 p.m. every night to provide post-round meals for those who haven?t spoiled their appetites by eating an unfavorable scorecard. Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,719 yards from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Scorecard