Draped over the tree-spotted hillocks of the Michigan countryside, Meridian Sun Golf Club's 6,090-yard course welcomes golfers to hit through its rolling fairways and enjoy its natural splendor. The course eases players into the round with a wide-open, straightaway front nine before challenging swings and waggling sand wedges with a shorter back nine populated by multiple water-lined holes. Risk-reward shot opportunities await throughout the round, including the tee shot on the par-3 13th, where balls must clear 100 to 190 yards of water on their way to the green. Club owner and PGA professional Bill Mory—whose golf career spans multiple decades and includes playing in the PGA Tour's Buick Open, where players ride in 1950s Buick Skylarks in place of golf carts—presides over the grounds, conducting lessons at practice facilities that include a 4,000-square-foot practice green and a driving range with 15 hitting stalls. After rounds, golfers can bask in the sunset at the patio of Khakis Restaurant, the club's onsite grill.
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Moonlight pools in the gym’s entryway as the nighttime visitor stops to fumble for her keycard. It’s 3 a.m. She worked the night shift again and wants to work off some tension. Her fingers grasp the small plastic card and with a quick swipe, she’s inside. Immediately enveloped by the warm glow of Snap Fitness, she joins the other late-night exercisers in pounding on the treadmill and lifting weights before the sun rises.
Accessible 24/7 via keycard, guests enter Snap Fitness to tone their physiques on myriad cardio and strength equipment day or night. During staff hours, they can seek out fitness assessments and one-on-one sessions with personal trainers, which ensure all moves are performed effectively, topped with a dose of motivation. The trainers devise personal fitness plans for each guest, taking into account their strength, cardio, and flexibility conditions to help them tackle weight loss, boost overall body strength, or attempt to finally unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 2,000 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Oak Lane Golf Course challenges par pursuers with 6,052 yards of verdant, rolling fairways that have wound through the heart of Webberville for more than 40 years. Neatly trimmed fairways taunt golfers with a litany of shimmering water hazards, subtle elevation changes, and bunkers populated by Tusken Raiders. The tireless work of the course's grounds crew makes the course well known regionally for its manicured grasses and smooth greens. Duos direct their cart through pine trees and along the Red Cedar River that neatly frame the course with majestic landscapes and wildlife such as indigenous deer and hopelessly lost tourists. The courteous staff strives to create a friendly, hometown experience, and multiple tee boxes serve as launch points for divot diggers of all ability levels.
The restaurant at Brookshire Inn & Golf Club boasts a menu loaded with a myriad of taste bud-titillating dishes and ribs that won the Lansing State Journal’s 2010 People’s Choice Award. The triple-headed combo platter dishes out a choice of three stomach-stuffing items that include steak, salmon, shrimp, Alaskan snowcrab legs, or fried lake perch ($15.95). Sink teeth into a full slab of house specialty ribs served with tangy homemade Jack Daniel's barbecue sauce ($13.95), or a steak bite sandwich doused in mushroom shallot sauce ($9.95). Opposite Day enthusiasts can wrap up meals with starters such as battered asparagus fries ($7.95) and lobster spring rolls ($8.95) before driving home in reverse.
Capital City Skydiving's air-riding experts take first-time and experienced jumpers to the stratosphere for jumps above the scenic vistas of Southern Michigan. Tethered to clients, they guide tandem rides to facilitate first tastes of terminal velocity before coasting in for a soft landing. To accommodate licensed skydivers with a current reserve parachute, the staff guides planes over the business's own scenic landing zone so jumpers can take to the air on their own. Beginners who wish to become full-fledged divers can opt for the Accelerated Freefall program, in which aficionados teach the skills necessary to make solo jumps such as how to handle equipment or merge into goose traffic without a blinker.