Activities in Gaithersburg

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While the game of golf is always played outdoors, practicing is often better served indoors, where variables such as weather and turf quality can be controlled. Though Club Golf actually operates in both environments?it also does business at Blue Mash Golf Course?its primary facility is an indoor, golf-dedicated training center that helps players improve their game with an arsenal of hitting bays and swing-analysis devices. Among these are a pair of Trackman launch monitors, which measure a host of swing factors including club-head speed and launch angle, and six V1 Video Analysis Systems, which help players understand the precise mechanics of their swing, from address to backswing.

But it's not all about technology, unlike Ivan Drago's unnatural workout routine in Rocky IV. The club also features a 1,200-square-foot putting green and a short-game practice area with a bunker, as well as fitness equipment to help players transform themselves into long-driving, straight-hitting golfing machines.

Overseeing all of this swinging, measuring, sand-blasting, and dumbbell-curling are a pair of PGA-certified instructors, Ryan Chaney, John Hafera, Brendon Post, and Joy Bonhurst. Each conducts private and group lessons in the facility, and then helps students make the transition outdoors through lessons on course strategy and decision-making.

9811 Washingtonian Blvd
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Spanning 18,000 square feet of turf-covered courts and batting cages, Raider's Edge hones bat-swinging skills with practice areas and instruction for individuals and groups. Baseball- and softball-pitching machines spit endless volleys of spheres, their speeds adjustable to accommodate both little leaguers and six-armed spider-men. The two spacious turf courts can also accommodate practice for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey, and dual pitching lanes allow pitchers to perfect their craft side by side. Weekly exercise and softball practice programs focus on skills such as hitting, fielding, and pitching, and young players put their skills into practice as part of Raider’s Edge’s Red Raider softball teams.

8345 Beechcraft Ave
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Master falconer and bird-of-prey expert Mike Dupuy shares his love of the 4,000-year-old sport of falconry during exciting and informative demonstrations with his avian costars. A professional public speaker, Mike entertains his audiences with personal anecdotes and motivational speeches that use falconry as a metaphor to encourage them to follow their dreams. Guests also get to learn about each feathered raptor while it surveys the crowd for wild Energizer bunnies, and Mike encourages audience interaction by inviting volunteers from the audience to hold the hawk and try in vain to teach it to bark like a dog.

12181 Darnestown Road
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Attracting more than 170,000 art enthusiasts to its events each year, the Sugarloaf Craft Festivals showcases original work from hundreds of artisans showcasing everything from handcrafted pottery, sculpture, and metalwork to jewelry, fashion, d?cor, and photography. Audiences can witness art being made live during educational demonstrations as artisans sculpt clay, whittle wood, forge metals, and imbue baskets with the power of speech. Hungry crafters can also sniff out specialty food items to sample or purchase while dancing across the sprawling venue to live music.

16 Chestnut St.
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Since 1973, each of Sport&Health's 24 clubs has aimed for full fitness coverage with programs for every taste and family member. Guests can spark positive lifestyle changes with gym workouts and wellness services, or engage in a variety of sports. Each facility houses different athletic amenities for games and laps, from pristine swimming pools to squash and racquetball courts lathered in a fresh coat of peanut butter every morning. The camaraderie of group classes such as Zumba and Les Mills BodyPump barbell routines complement scores of gym equipment meant for exercising solo—or with the guidance of a certified personal trainer. The clubs also emphasize kid-friendly activities with arts and crafts, Kidz Klub childcare, and youth certification courses that teach teens the ins and outs of training. Depending on the location, spa treatments can knead tension from muscles and paint one's favorite kettlebell with a layer of Shellac.

9811 Washingtonian Blvd
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

Established: 2010

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Pro Tip: Wear comfortable clothing. Sunglasses may be a good idea on sunny days.

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Birds eye view of the DMV at 5,000 feet.

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with the Chief Pilot

What special training do you or your staff have?

Our instructors are all federally licensed and certified by the FAA. The range of credentials amongst our FAA instructors extend from individuals with over 35 years of flight experience to a former Professional Airline Pilot in Transport Category Aircraft.

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

Safety is our number one priority. And you can rest assured that you and your loved ones are in excellent hands when you choose Fleming Aviation. Sit-back, relax, and take great confidence in knowing that your instructor holds the highest level of training and professionalism that this industry can produce. Furthermore, our modern fleet of aircraft are considered to be some of the most innovative, technically advanced airplanes available for general aviation. Employing many new safety features, such as the BRS (Ballistic Rocket parachute deployment System), our customers have that extra peace of mind that the majority of other flight schools simply cannot offer you.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo da Vinci

7940 Airpark Rd Ste 102
Gaithersburg,
MD
US