With 35 years of golf experience and as a shoo-in for Golf Digest's Best Teachers in the State list five years running, Rick DePamphilis brings a bounty of stroke-shaving wisdom to each lesson he conducts as a part of his player-development program, NexLevel Golf. Whether students are greenhorns or green-jacket holders, the PGA master professional tailors his instruction to the player's individual needs, ranging from small tweaks in course-management strategy to deciding which end of the club to grip.
Private lessons help a player improve his or her number of fairways hit in regulation, short-game play around the greens, and shot selection. V1 Pro cameras analyze the student's swing for later reflection on mechanics and tendencies, such as swing-plane angle or ending the follow-through with a pirouette. Rick also takes stock of the player's arsenal of equipment and makes recommendations based on their skills and style of play. Lessons take place at Paradise Driving Range in Middleton.
At Paradise Mini Golf, friends and families guide colorful golf balls through an 18-hole oasis of zigzagging putting greens and tropical obstacles. The course’s river exposes orbs to the treachery of a flowing stream on multiple holes, and a 35-foot-tall tree house gives local birds a chance to cheer on putt-putters or stock up on nourishing golf balls for winter's hibernation. After a round, golfers can stop by the koi pond and feed the fish at the feeding station or visit the ice-cream stand. Visitors looking to expand their golf game beyond the mini domain can drop by the Paradise Driving Range to hone lengthier swings.
Wolfman's School of Music founder Bob Wolfman started his music career as a session guitar player at the age of 16, eventually building an impressive résumé as a performer and recording artist, playing alongside legends such as Chick Corea and Larry Coryell. With 27 years of teaching experience under his belt, Wolfman has instructed countless kids and adults in guitar and bass, including folk artist Dar Williams and blues singer Andy O'Brien. Through his warm personality, his sense of humor, and his solid background in jazz, rock, and blues, Wolfman teaches budding musicians of all ages and skill levels with in-person private lessons and convenient online sessions via Skype. Wolfman's School of Music also serves as a prep school for Berklee College of Music and other music colleges.
With 160 driving range tees, 72 miniature golf holes, and 16 batting cages spread across its three locations, Golf Country provides ample opportunity for visitors to hone all aspects of their swings. Each driving range features overhead lights for practicing after the sun goes down for the evening, as well as a number of covered, heated tees that allow for practice when the sun goes down forever. The Easton and Saugus locations offer one 18-hole miniature golf course apiece, while the Middleton location showcases two courses. Nicknamed the Millpond Course and the Stone Bridge Course, Middleton’s miniature tracks meander through large flower beds, flowering trees, and ample water features.
In The Big Lebowski, "The Dude" will always take a break from his life of not-very-organized crime to go bowling. That's why, at Kings Lynnfield, a poster of The Dude presides over the 16 bowling lanes, all bathed in festive, neon purple light. Other games pepper the fun center, too, from a regulation-size bocce court and shuffleboard table to two pool tables, ideal for honing your game or pulling up a chair and eating an eight ball for dinner. As patrons sip drinks from the two bars, or refuel with at the onsite eatery, they can also watch professionals games thanks to the more than 50 HDTVs scattered throughout the establishment.
MG Fitness’ instructors summon sweat during fun group workouts while solo students try out more than 75 pieces of exercise equipment at two convenient studio locations. Workers-out looking to go it alone can bask in the glow of personal TV screens on Precor treadmills or opt for elliptical machines to help arms and legs build strength by repeatedly tracing low-impact ovals and hand turkeys. Men and women alike can tone up, using the sprawling selection of dumbbells and plate-loaded machines by Icarian and Hammer Strength to press, curl, and ripple. Fitness seekers in need of butt-busting camaraderie can drop in on classes that range from calorie-torching step aerobics to limbering power-yoga sessions, where students melt stress with stretches, poses, and deep-breathing exercises. To push clients toward fitness goals, certified personal trainers employ one-on-one coaching, exercise instruction, and the motivating growls of monster trucks.