Collindale Golf Academy's PGA Director of Instruction Vince Buelk calls upon 18 years of experience to shore up the pin-hunting panache of golfers of all abilities. The passionate pedagogue develops the academy's club-flailing curriculum and puts it into practice at its stately facilities, which include a full-length driving range, an oversize putting green, and a practice bunker ideal for wedging balls out of sunken lies and replacing them with incriminating scorecards. The academy's thriving junior program strives to develop an affinity for the game at a young age, and club-fitting services pair each unique swing with its crooked-stick soul mates. Though the academy's kempt lawns, mountainside vistas, and lush pines affect a sense of old-time rusticity, its instructors utilize the latest in technological teaching aides, including V1 video-swing-analysis software and pitching wedges that double as prosthetic hooks for grabbing cookies on the high shelves.
Glass n Fire owner Ron Murphy has followed a lifetime fascination with glass sculpture by crafting models of animals and teaching students the fine art of molten manipulation for more than four decades. Along with sons Burt and Keith, Ron specializes in replicating the untamed colors and graceful movements of aquatic creatures including sea turtles, octopi, and Atlantis's figure skaters. In order to hone in on details such as the eye of an octopus or the crest of a seahorse, the family ventured to Ecuador, where they spent five years perfecting original jewelry and sculpture designs. During classes, the master wildlife sculptor and his lifetime-trained instructors teach glass-sculpting essentials and lead students through the steps to create works of art, which they can take home to display on bureaus or lay by windows to thwart barefoot burglars.
Great minds think alike, and this was definitely true for Kyle Baxter—a professional tree climber—and Bridget Baxter—an accomplished high-school and college cross-country and track runner. Each certified instructor owned or worked at a local Bikram studio, but it wasn’t until they met at a Bikram yoga convention in 2006 that they discovered each other. Now the married couple oversees two Bikram yoga locations, which offer classes for students of any level seven days a week. Each studio is kept at a toasty 105 degrees, and sessions are led by a certified Bikram instructor who guides patrons through muscle-building and stretching poses that promote healthy, lean bodies. A large towel, yoga mat, and water bottle are recommended for each class, so the studios offer rental towels and mats for those whose dog ate their yoga mat along with their homework.
The nine holes of Mountain Vista Golf Course present a charming, 3,500-yard challenge set against a dramatic backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. Box Elder Creek weaves through the middle of the course and into play, and mature pine trees frame spacious fairways. Golfers are immediately thrown into risk-reward scenarios on the first and sixth holes, two lengthy par 5s that extend to 536 yards and 579 yards from the back tees and challenge shots with two large ponds. At Bentley?s, the grill located just off the course, two covered patios welcome those looking to grab a bite to eat as they transition from a round of golf to a round of beer or a round of boxing against a disgruntled caddie.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Total length of 3,494 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
The Urban Assault Ride challenges cyclists to speed from obstacle course to obstacle course across their city during eco-friendly scavenger hunts that benefit local charities. Teams draft a road map to try to thwart the competition and be the first to complete the race, pausing at a series of checkpoints, where they must surmount such active roadblocks as slip 'n' slides, bike jousting, and reciting the Iliad in Pig Latin. The first team to conquer each challenge and cross the finish line is declared the victor, but all participants celebrate their efforts at a lively after-party stocked with snacks, beer, nonalcoholic drinks, and prizes.
The helpful staff of Juiced on Imagination guides adults, children, and robots disguised as humans while they create artwork, helping them to express emotions through several different mediums. The class lineup explores a variety of different themes, including painting, collage, and creative journaling. Adult sessions allow students to bring along their favorite drinks as they paint landscapes or portraits. Kids' classes introduce little ones to traditional art styles and inventive techniques including creating art out of recycled materials, such as their parents' old Picassos. Each artistic offering hopes to nurture creativity and foster benefits such as increased self-esteem and lower stress levels.