The Bogey Golf Tour grants golfers a chance to take to the links and compete against fellow amateurs in tournaments scheduled at some of the finest courses in the London, Windsor, Detroit, and Kitchener/Waterloo areas. At each event, scratch golfers compete in the Birdie division, 0–15 handicaps square off in the Par division, and 16+ handicappers trade pinpoint approaches and sequined divot tools in the Bogey division. The top five finishers in each division receive prize money—which can be paid out in gift certificates or cash—and the Tour also holds prize competitions for longest drive, closest to the pin, and 3-iron jousting. The Tour publishes the results from each tournament in local newspapers, and players can chart the peaks and valleys of their careers on the Tour Members list, which compiles all of their tournament results. Along with providing an outlet for amateur golfers to exercise their long-suppressed competitive side, the Tour and its sponsors have raised $74,000 for various area charities since 2003.
Virtually no aesthetic concerns go unaddressed at Essentials Spa and Salon, which employs a diverse team of stylists and aestheticians as well as med-spa technicians armed with contemporary cosmetic technology. The salon staff keeps its clients looking sharp by pampering tresses with haircare products by Moroccanoil, KMS, and L'Oréal Professional, and the nail technicians augment their mani-pedis with everything from paraffin dips to agave-nectar rubs.
The massage therapists treat concerns beneath the surface by kneading overstressed muscles with a variety of soothing modalities, but the med-spa team also strives to effect deeper changes. Overseen by Dr. Michael Lesser, the technicians can employ cutting-edge equipment and products, including microdermabrasion wands, a cosmetic laser system, and clinical-strength skincare balms. These treatments collectively rejuvenate the skin while minimizing the appearance of blemishes that typically accompany aging, sun exposure, or frequent naps in a bathtub full of wet newspapers.
For more than 25 years, Rob Luton has used horseback riding as a way to instill self-confidence, discipline, and sportsmanship in his students. His efforts at Luton Riding Academy have resulted in a range of successes over the course of three decades, having guided riders to regional and national championships in all phases of competition. He and his steeds teach future horse whisperers aged 5 and older riding skills during one-hour lessons. Lessons are offered year-round within a heated indoor facility in both eastern and western styles of riding. Students learn how to groom, tack, and ride a horse while adhering to safe riding practices and respecting the horse by not showing up in the same color horseshoes.
Upbeat melodies from live musicians travel to each table inside The Mexican Grill on select weekends, blending with the aromas of authentic-style southwestern cuisine. The kitchen staff assembles fresh ingredients into shareable appetizers, dinners, and 14 varieties of burritos. Painted artwork and Mexican flags hang from the casual eatery's colourful walls and serve as a backdrop to events such as Friday karaoke nights, where diners can sing odes to their favourite sombrero and vice versa. To complement meals, servers pour specialty drinks such as sangria and margaritas into giant glasses.
The aestheticians at Beauty and Rejuvenation Essentials use intense pulsed light technology to eliminate unwanted hair and reduce the appearance of epidermal irregularities such as brown spots and rosacea. During their specialty treatments, professional staffers pass focused light from Xenon flash lamps over areas plagued by follicles or discoloration, such as the legs, back, and fourth and fifth tentacle. Clients can also address skin issues through photon-free exfoliation services such as crystal-equipped microdermabrasion and vitamin-enriched silk peels.
Towne Square Eatery & Bake Shoppe serves up healthy, homemade eats and a rotating Dish of the Day to keep diners' taste buds on their toes. Although the menu changes frequently, diners can expect to dig into such fresh fare as a turkey, mandarin-orange, and sugared-almond salad topped with homemade dressing ($6.25). Savory sandwich selections include the ham and swiss ($6.75) or the Franklin Street Special, a mélange of roast beef, melted provolone, caramelized onion, and horseradish-caper sauce ($7.25). A Saturday brunch menu fuels weekend warriors and breakfast-powered cars with white-truffle eggs ($5.99) and pancakes ($3.99), which can be paired with whistle-whetting gourmet espresso drinks or smoothies.