The Madison Club?s 18-hole, championship course develops over gently rolling hills and winds through trees for a layout engulfed in a spectacular setting that incorporates the natural landscape into course play. Multiple water hazards challenge the golfer, as highlighted on the interesting par 3 17th, a hole that forces golfers to carry a short-iron tee shot over open water and has been lauded as one of western Pennsylvania?s best public holes by both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the fish that cheer on golfers from the green-protecting pond. Cut in to the rolling hills, holes are bordered with slopes and mounds that redirect errant shots back on to the carpet-like fairways. After a day at the links, guests can unwind with a light meal from the course restaurant or toast to the memory of broken golf tees with a drink from its full-service bar.
Rolling over the naturally hilly landscape, the bright-green turf of Statler’s Fun Center’s miniature-golf course winds around the center’s 1,528-foot go-kart track. Engines roar as racers 10 or older zip through the over-and-under bridge’s tight turns or give their lead foot free rein on the straightaways.
The soundtrack of purring motors underscores high-stakes games of miniature golf as players putt their way through deviously landscaped greens, expertly maneuvering the cave with a hidden waterfall and defeating the final hole guarded by squatting gophers. An air-conditioned snack shop provides respite from summer heat with cool drinks and an arcade full of excuses to hang out indoors, such as the classic air-hockey table and skee-ball.
Moonglow Yoga's team of certified yoga instructors guides students through a collection of heated and nonheated classes to hone strong bodies and minds. The studio's schedule boasts classes for students of all experience levels, including beginners Vinyasa classes, in which newbies learn foundational poses, breathing techniques, and how to weave baskets from sticky mats. Teachers dial the studio temperature up to a balmy 95 degrees during Hot Vinyasa sweat sessions, challenging savvy stretches with advanced poses such as half moon, wheel, crow, and robot.
Silver Star Stables equips novice and advanced equestrians with the skills, mounts, meals, and guides to complete one-day or overnight rides through 10,000 acres of scenic trail territory. Like Santa, rides can be summoned seven days a week with the proper telephone call. During overnight family campouts, kith and kin congregate around Silver Star's on-site lake at 11 a.m. to set up self-provided tents or campers, before meeting for 30 minutes of individual riding instruction and equine mind-melding in the facility's indoor arena. Over the course of their stays, equestrians feast on provided dinner and breakfast, then depart at 9 a.m. the next morning for a one-hour trail ride to tearfully end romances with old oak trees.
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art's collection of American and Pennsylvanian art orbits around works created during the mid-18th to the mid-20th centuries and also incorporates newer work by contemporary artists such as Joyce Werwie Perry into its sophisticated company. Today's deal lets museumgoers choose between individual ($40) and family ($60) memberships. All members benefit from confidence-boosting access to exclusive events and exhibition previews, as well as discounts on museum classes and gift-shop goods. Art aficionados flying solo will snag two passes to Art on Tap ($14), including two drink vouchers to transform a sedate happy hour into a cavalcade of beer swigging, wine sipping, music enjoying, and awkward acquaintance leaning. Family members receive twice as many passes and vouchers ($28) to facilitate double dates and imaginary-friend fieldtrips. A family membership also includes one Second Saturday Studios class ($20) for favored firstborns to create fridge-ready self-portraits, collages, and paintings. Both deals get you a $5 voucher to the gift shop to grab Scenes of Industry posters ($7) with which to plaster the bedroom ceiling, encouraging highly productive REM cycles.
A pair of massive par 5s bookends the course at Glengarry Golf Links. The first hole stretches to 564 yards, and the final hole reaches 555 yards, making both more than 100 yards longer than any other hole on the course. Between them, golfers can't just cruise, either: six lakes creep into play on seven different holes, and 20 catcher's mitt bunkers lie in wait to devour shots that run astray. Challenging as the course is, it surrounds visitors in beauty by weaving through tall native grasses and fescue mounts amid the foothills of the Laurel Mountains. Plus, 50-yard-wide fairways create spacious landing zones for balls and for players who opt for jet packs over golf carts.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 69 course * Total of 6,197 yards * Five tees per hole * Course rating of 69.7 from the tips * Course slope of 125 from the tips * Scorecard