Tucked in the cool shadows of old, forest oak trees, St. Croix Valley Golf Course's nine-hole layout invites golfers to swing across 133 acres of rolling topography. Originally sculpted into the woods in 1925, the 3,060-yard course eschews sand traps and favors natural obstacles including ponds, trees, elevation changes, and indigenous photographers who snap their shutters during players' backswings. The golf experts that preside over the pro shop can sharpen swings with lessons, ensure trustworthy equipment with club regripping services, and offer rental clubs so players don't have to hit with the oversized gavel normally used to settle remote control disputes at home.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Length of 3,060 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 34.7 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 122 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
At dawn, just as the sun breaks the horizon and a layer of dew reveals a path of fresh footprints, fairways open up through the morning fog to reveal a challenging circuit of golf holes. Chisago Lakes Golf Course's relatively open, par 72 layout features forgiving tree-lines and multiple ponds, which come into play on 12 holes to supply the bulk of the course's difficulty and relief for caddies with dry-mouth. Runaway swings gain traction at the club's driving range, which features a grass hitting area that measures 40 yards by 60 yards to ensure a natural lie for each swing rehearsal.
At the pro shop, golfers stock their Scottish quivers with new equipment and accessories from Titleist, Cobra, Cleveland, and other top brands. Chisago Lakes also encompasses The Gallery Bar & Grill, which serves up an eclectic menu that includes classic burgers, steaks, and seafood.
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At Trumi, a workout encompasses more than just exercise. It also means community, nutrition, and an opportunity to be close to nature. Trainers host group sessions outdoors whenever possible, teaching students to sprint, lift, jump, and sweat their way through routines that accommodate all experience levels. They also educate students about healthy eating choices, and encourage them to bond and support each other as they progress through the 12-week curriculum. Trumi coaches also offer individualized nutritional guidance with weekly challenges to help clients achieve their personal health goals.
Apart from its standard course, Trumi has programs for different age groups. The Trumi ReNu class helps senior citizens to retain their muscle mass, while the TruYouth class strengthens teens in time for the wrestle-the-dean portion of their college interviews. Kids ages 6-12 build their motor skills during Trumi Troopers sessions, and younger children stretch with their parents as part of the Trumi Trumites program.
Two par fours that measure less than 330 yards lie within the first four holes at Krooked Kreek Golf Club, giving golfers an opportunity to get off to a low-scoring start as they embark on their 18-hole round. On the front nine?sculpted in 1990, five years prior to the back nine?the greens are large and mostly flat, forgiving slightly off-center approaches. The greens shrink a bit on the back nine and add a more undulated terrain, demanding more time spent reading putts. The course's namesake creek combines with the site's natural wetlands to hamper play at various points, forcing players to contend with water or wash dirty argyles at 11 points throughout the round.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,401 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 123 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
The technicians at Winning Edge Tuning help shave seconds off slalom times with expert tuning and waxing. They grind sides down to a sharp edge using a Reichman stone grinder from Germany and coat surfaces to a frictionless finish with hydrocarbon waxes. Design your own custom tuning package or let one of the staff members recommend a package that includes everything from base repairs to a hot-box wax treatment.
Signature service: Karate, martial arts, self defense
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: We teach more than punching and kicking, we help your child grow.