Pioneer Hills Golf Course wastes no time in testing players: two of the course's first five holes are among its longest. Those initial hurdles set the tone for 18 holes worth of stiff challenges, stretched out across 5,371 yards of Saratoga County's lush landscape. But Pioneer Hills offers golfers perks off the course, too. A PGA professional conducts private lessons, and the pro shop remains open year-round. And the course's on-site restaurant Duffers Pub, which was outfitted with a new kitchen and menu in 2014, dishes out food and
hot coffee for early morning rounds, keeping players alert enough to fend off any gophers trying to block their putts.
Course at a Glance
* 18-hole, par 70 course
* Distance of 5,371 yards from the back tees
* Three sets of tees per hole
* Course slope of 116
* Course rating of 69.5
* Click here to see the scorecard
Over the course of its 100-year history, Arthur Murray Dance Centers has grown to more than 280 studios worldwide. The Saratoga Springs location is run by Safwat Gerges, a master examiner and adjudicator who has spent more than 25 years working for Arthur Murray Dance Centers. His staff includes
Ricardo Sopin and Iraida Volodina, both decorated dancers who specialize in working with beginner students and, wedding specialists Asha Adamczak, Miranda Eldridge, and Tristan Reiman work with wedding couples.
The studio’s elegant, old-world hardwood floor is surrounded by exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling arched windows. Courses divvy students up by skill set and teach the many formal and social styles comprising ballroom, swing, Latin, and disco.
Large windows allow natural light to flood Saratoga Karate's expansive dojo, where both kids and adults benefit from the instruction of certified teachers and black belts. Led by Shihan Patrick Hussey, who has 33 years of experience in traditional Japanese karate, these teachers demonstrate everything from discipline to proper form. In addition to the classes at his dojo, Shihan Hussey also caters to the community at large with his self-defense seminars.
With the tall pine trees of Hales Mills Country Club stretching out in every direction, Jonathan Hines has chosen a picturesque setting in which to teach the game of golf. Each day he sets up shop at Hales Mills Country Club, taking advantage of the ample facilities at his disposal. When students have mastered the nuances of the golf swing with the help of V1 video analysis software, they can try their hand at the 18-hole championship course.
Victory Cycle Works owners Nick and Erin Engelson call upon 20 years of experience and certification from BikeFit to provide services that ensure both comfort and performance for cycling patrons. They keep rides in shape with tune-ups as well as repair services available in-house, through pickup and delivery, or performed on-location with mobile service. Fittings can benefit those looking for a new bike as well as improve the positioning of current bikes, preventing cyclists from having to add an extra seat for the massage therapist. During each bike fitting, Nick invites clients to mount a Dynafit CompuTrainer fit bike. His method properly aligns bike components to work with the natural rhythm of each rider's joints, allowing them to achieve a synergy of feel, function, fitness level, and foundation.
More than 14,000 square feet of climbing walls tower 40 feet into the air in The Edge Halfmoon to draw in climbers eager to escape gravity's clutches. 50 plus top ropes allow climbers to find unique routes along handholds bolted to the textured, angular terrain. Nearby, the freestanding boulder sports several top-out ready climbs, allowing climbers to attack the feature from any angle and still reach the peak. Basic, leading, and multi-pitch classes help beginners and advanced climbers learn new skills to scale indoor and outdoor rock walls, and the gym's competitive climbing team tests its climbing and bouldering prowess against rival crews bent on carving their crest into synthetic rock faces.