Sculpted into the one-time family farm of former Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator Charles McNary, McNary Golf Club encompasses diverse trees and rippling waterways into an 18-hole layout that spans 150 acres of rolling meadows. A mixed assemblage of oaks, firs, pines, and redwood trees mingle on the course's emerald sidelines, watching over each towering drive and bickering about squirrel housing arrangements. Claggett Creek comes into play on four holes, including the signature 18th, where its rippling waters snake in front of the enormous green, shaking its hydraulic fists at well-struck balls as they somersault onto the putting surface. A staff of resident aces roam the pristine grounds, showering guests and unsuspecting flagsticks with nuggets of golf wisdom.
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When she isn't paddling a dragon boat down the Willamette River, licensed massage therapist Debra Oden helps her clients navigate the turbulent waters of stress, chronic pain, and injury toward relaxation. She customizes a fresh approach for every patient—drawing from more than 10 years of bodywork experience—whether visitors simply wish to relax or have recently injured themselves attempting to crab-walk up an escalator. To supplement her mastery of Swedish strokes and specialty styles such as pregnancy massage, she holds certifications in shiatsu, deep-tissue, and neuromuscular therapies. This leads to highly flexible wellness plans—guests might stop in for a one-time appointment or schedule recurring sessions that steadily unwind knots of tension. Regardless of the condition she treats, however, Debra's ultimate goal remains the same: to improve her clients’ quality of life.
For more than 35 years, guests of Courthouse Athletic Club have conquered every hindrance to personal health, taking advantage of a multilayered approach that addresses fitness, diet, and broader facets of well being. Beyond basic features such as weight training, cardiovascular equipment, and immobile floors that force walking, membership grants access to more than 320 group fitness classes that populate each week's schedule, integrating practices such as Pilates and yoga along with aqua Zumba and Jazzercise. Courthouse Athletic Club's personal trainers follow the philosophy that being fit means being empowered to embark on any kind of adventure you want. A core tenet within that philosophy is the belief in fun. The staff does not emphasize a rating system or hierarchy, instead evaluating progress in terms of whether clients become more able to experience an enjoyably active life. Onsite childcare providers take care of young ones while parents work out, and many youth activities also keep kids busy, including swimming and special-needs dance classes. Courthouse Athletic Club is also part of a network of 70 clubs in the Pacific Northwest; members can work out at those facilities as guests when on the road.
Fitness enthusiast and salsa dancer Jackie leads groups through energetic workouts that get exercisers amped up with high-energy music. An Aerobics and Fitness Association of America–certified instructor, Jackie helps guests shimmy off excess weight with Zumba variations—including Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, and ZumbAtomic—which build stamina and set heartbeats racing to the rhythm of Latin tunes. Jackie’s kettlebell-fitness sessions help guests tone full bodies with four-week sessions that get students used to heavy lifting and prepare them to rip church bells out of roofs in daring daylight heists.