The kinetic whoosh of swinging clubs welcomes golfers into Golf Etc.?s 3,000 square feet or golf equipment and practice facilities. The shop's staff harnesses the latest golf-simulator and launch-monitor technology to break down players? swings, giving instant feedback of the strengths, weaknesses, and physical tendencies present in each pendulous progression. As pupils practice drives and discuss potential swing corrections, club-fitting software simultaneously deduces the ideal equipment to complement players swing and body type, which can help them upgrade to more ergonomically appropriate sets of irons or crowbars. For less-structured swing sessions, clients can enter a private hitting bay for sessions of off-course practice. The store also peddles an array of golf accouterments from top brands for those who recently lost a golf glove or the natural ability to grow spikes out of their feet.
Tucked into the rolling hillsides of Johnstown, The Links at Echo Springs is equal parts pretty and challenging. Fairways lined with mature hardwood forests skirt streams and ponds. Off the course, there’s a fully stocked pro shop, a driving range with a PGA staff available for lessons, and a bar and grill waiting to serve up celebratory hamburgers. Click here to see a scorecard and read the course guidelines.
Bicycle One's staff maintains bicycles, preserving their roadworthiness with expert tune-ups, and stocks the shop's shelves with a cornucopia of cycling gear. Cycling sages adjust brakes and gears before truing wheels to prevent bicycles from veering off-trail into sasquatch dens. The service concludes as adept hands lubricate the velocipede's cables and drivetrain and tighten all other bike-bound components.
Renowned course architect Pete Dye sculpted Little Turtle Golf Club's 18-hole course from 6,622 yards of Ohio countryside, artfully incorporating the waters of Big Walnut Creek into the par 72 layout. As golfers pass through the course's tree-lined fairways, they can imagine themselves walking in the footsteps and divotsteps of 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples, who holds the Little Turtle course record along with Champions Tour player Rod Spittle, the club's director emeritus of golf. Water hazards come into play on 10 holes throughout the round, often positioned close to greens to make approach shots a daunting task. The club complements its championship course with a practice facility that boasts a full-length driving range and a green with a practice bunker and designated areas for chipping.
Little Turtle Golf Club pairs its par-hunting pursuits with a lively social regimen, which includes holiday events, gatherings for sports fans, and poker nights. The epicenter for all friendly get-togethers, the Grille Room regales guests with a limestone fireplace, a copper bar, and outdoor seating that overlooks the placid waters and amphibious caddies of Lake Turtle.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by course architect Pete Dye * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,622 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 131 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Scorecard
At Handy Bikes, sunlight pours through floor-to-ceiling windows, ricocheting between the glistening spokes, frames, and handlebars that hang suspended in neatly aligned rows. For the past 30 years, the privately owned bicycle shop has helped bikers keep on bikin’, filling its racks and display cases with everything from new parts to hard-to-find accessories. Brands such as Raleigh, Haro, and Torker stand out from the store's extensive inventory, which cycles through a variety of interests with kids' bikes, tandems, unicycles, and more. While riders graze the healthy harvest of wheeled products, Handy Bikes' friendly, knowledge-packed staff chomps at the bit to answer questions and demonstrate the proper technique for feeding oats to baby mountain bikes.
Owner Jared Cavileer and his crew roll a cherry-red Leader 722TS outside the shop, lean it against a brick pillar, and snap a picture. The keepsake signals the end of another bike restoration, but serves as a tangible memento for another job well done. Technicians repeat this process every day at Revolution Cycles, where their bike tune-ups help to keep two-wheelers from being ridden by the Grim Reaper. Their shop's exposed-brick walls backdrop a selection of stylish parts and accessories, including Gorilla frames, Soma Major Taylor track bars, and Brooks saddles and cycling bags.