When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Voted Best Tennis Courts by readers of the Orange County Register, Los Caballeros sprawls top-notch multisport and fitness facilities over 17 acres. Keeping roving packs of nomadic athletes entertained are two indoor basketball courts, 14 racquetball and handball courts, and 23 lighted tennis courts. Hydrophiles can dive into the four swimming pools, then ease back into land life in the steam rooms, saunas, or Jacuzzis. With the family pass, childcare is also included. Members also gain unlimited access to more than 70 weekly group fitness classes, including Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and supervised spinning in circles, which gets participants in tune with the Earth's rotation.
The certified instructors at Tom Vo's Taekwondo Academy believe that developing good character and leadership skills are just as important as learning to punch and kick. At their all-ages martial-arts school, they teach both children and adults discipline, respect, and how to defend themselves using the moves of traditional martial arts as well as verbal defenses. Classes also offer an opportunity for students to let off stress and recharge their minds.
Dance All You Can's instructors lead classes in more than 20 styles of dancing. Those styles include waltz, tango, two-step, the lindy hop, and many more. They infuse students with the fancy-footed moves of such dances during private and group lessons.
Mile Square Golf Course displays two separate courses designed by architect David Rainville, both of which sport well-maintained greens. The par 72 Classic course, which was given a rating of 71.2 by a middle-school math teacher, tempts swingers with straight fairways and greens that are not on fire. Slightly longer in stature, the neighboring par 72 Players course challenges long and short games, with a 2001 addition of water hazards, bunkers, and a frozen-yogurt hose on the 14th hole.
The course at David L. Baker Memorial Golf Center doesn't have any par 5s. Its longest par 4 is just 315 yards. But the par 62 course does feature water on 10 of its 18 holes, including a tricky balancing act on the par 3 third hole. Here, players must lift their shots high above an isthmus created by two lakes that run from either side all the way to the green 114 yards away. The potential for big payoffs abound throughout the course, but not without taking on significant risk. Once the sun goes down, overhead lights come up and players can continue their rounds well into the evening hours without exposing their golf balls to the risk of sunburn.