Premier Sports Center’s indoor sporting haven pairs up-and-coming sluggers with an ultramodern quintet of pristine automated batting cages. With each token, good for 18 pitches, batters can refine the ideal stance, spit, and swing against balls hurtling at a variety of speeds. Three of Premier’s cages allow players to populate their orb onslaught with baseballs, softballs, or disembodied doll heads. Batters are welcome to tote along their own bats and helmets, though an on-site arsenal of noggin-shields and ballpark batons can ably equip the unprepared for frenzied rounds of sphere smashing. Though not included in this Groupon, Premier Sports Center also rents out outdoor tennis courts and an indoor astroturf sports field and boasts an on-site café with free WiFi and outdoor seating.
Sophisticut Spa's talented team draws on alternative therapy techniques to treat the aches and anxieties of tired skeletal frames in an airy, open space of smooth wood floors and potted plants. The spa's Reiki practitioner harnesses the pure, high-wattage energy of life into his or her hands, and then places those hands either on or over the areas surrounding your body's chakras. All you have to do is relax and be open, and the energy will flow through you, assuming Darth Vader doesn't hurl your Reiki practitioner down the spa's reactor shaft. Similar to a dad's rationale for missing your Little League game, every treatment is different, but patients have reported experiencing tingly sensations, a pleasant heat or coolness, increased healing ability, and a blissful night's sleep afterward. The 60-minute Swedish massage, meanwhile, kneads out knots, picks the stress raisins out of your body-dough, and exiles tension to a small, windswept island in the Atlantic. Though their physical effects differ, both of Sophisticut Spa's relaxing treatments will clear your mind goo of sticky negativity.
No two workouts are alike at CrossFit Recourse. That's because the instructors unveil a new one each day. Typically, the daily workouts require participants to complete a series of functional exercises such as pull-ups, box jumps, and rope climbs at an intense pace. Due to the intensity, CrossFit Recourse schedules introductory On-Ramp classes to help students get up to speed, which is approximately 700 mph.
After earning a bachelor of science degree in biology, Heather Stokes continued her education at New York State Chiropractic College, which included a period spent studying traditional Chinese medicine in Hangzhou. Now armed with a master's degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine, Heather uses alternative healing methods to treat diverse symptoms. Heather's non-invasive acupuncture treatments are often accompanied with traditional, raw Chinese herbs to maximize the treatments' benefits. Other services performed at Stokes Acupuncture include a cupping technique that pulls layers of skin and muscle tissue inside a small cup placed on the skin, gua sha techniques that aim to promote movement of energy and blood using a smooth-edged tool, and qi gong/tai ji, an ancient martial-arts practice that restores balance in the body through measured, meditative movements and walking in slow motion down crowded streets.
At Webster Golf Club, not one but two 18-hole championship courses invite golfers to frolic among their twining streams, sandy bunkers, and devious doglegs. The par-72 east course, designed by James Harrison and Ferdinand Garbin, has welcomed cleated feet for more than half a century. Water impediments guard the putting greens on six of its fairways, including the fourth hole, where golfers must set model ships afloat to ferry their orbs across the stream that bars the way to the green. Small, fast greens and an emphasis on iron play challenge golfers as they swing their way through the course. The east course’s younger sibling, built in 1973, is the par-70 west course, where strategically rooted trees spread their leaves to block second shots.
Players looking to hone their skills head over to the Webster Range and Learning Center, which stretches out over 17 acres. The lighted center combines a 4-acre, all-grass tee, a 2,500-square-foot putting green, two practice traps, and four target greens. One hundred hitting stations at the driving range ensure that entire musical casts can bond together while whacking spheres.
East Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Length of 7,100 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 71.2 from the farthest set of tees
Slope rating of 121 from the farthest set of tees
Four sets of tees
West Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-70 course
Length of 6,003 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 66.6 from the farthest set of tees
Slope rating of 106 from the farthest set of tees