Montgomery Village Golf Club's Edmund Ault–designed course sprawls across 6,726 yards of emerald corridors cleaved through the arboreal heart of Montgomery County. Fresh off recent refurbishments that include new tee boxes and switching to a bermuda hybrid grass, management continues to improve on a course that has hosted multiple PGA-sanctioned events and royal grass-grazing parties for traveling goat monarchs. Fairways tunnel through unforgiving tree lines as golfers swing their way toward each green, where fast surfaces form breaking putts. Alongside the pristine par 71, the club's grass-tee driving range, putting green, and full-service pro shop help streamline clubbers' birdie-hunting skills, and the Willow Tree Inn's restaurant and grill keeps players from dining on freshly torn divots with an all-day menu of entrees and drinks.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by Edmund Ault * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,726 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 126 from the farthest tees
CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person?s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.
As president of Pure Oasis Massage, Angela Talley believes in the power of peaceful healing. A licensed massage therapist herself, she knows bodywork soothes not only the mind, but also the body. Her treatments take place in the tranquility of a warm, quiet room, with clients disrobed to their own level of comfort and draped with a sheet or towel. Angela's service menu catalogs four core modalities: Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and myofascial release. She works muscles from head to toe, aided by a light lotion or drizzle of oil to reduce skin friction, caused by rubbing two potatoes together on your back. She encourages her clients to make their pressure preferences known, so that the experience can be as relaxing and beneficial as possible.
Barking orders for more than 20 years, The Sergeant's Program's head sergeant Chuck Dyson and his dedicated troop of more than 50 sergeants and personal trainers transform figures with military-style fitness sessions. The program provides a knowledgeable instructor to lead recruits through cardio, core, flexibility, stabilization, and resistance training while creating camaraderie amongst fellow fitness platooners. Though each day is fueled with running drills and calisthenics, Mondays and Fridays will be focused on increasing lower body and flank strength and Tuesdays and Thursdays will be geared toward upper body workouts. Cardio-intensive Wednesdays are solely dedicated to getting the heart pumping, sweat streaming, and reshaping rumps flattened by years in stagecoach-driver seats. Although the sergeants utilize a tough-love approach to push clients to their fullest fitness factor, the atmosphere is kept personable by their injections of light-hearted humor and giggling quartets of chipmunks.
Spanning 18,000 square feet of turf-covered courts and batting cages, Raider's Edge hones bat-swinging skills with practice areas and instruction for individuals and groups. Baseball- and softball-pitching machines spit endless volleys of spheres, their speeds adjustable to accommodate both little leaguers and six-armed spider-men. The two spacious turf courts can also accommodate practice for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey, and dual pitching lanes allow pitchers to perfect their craft side by side. Weekly exercise and softball practice programs focus on skills such as hitting, fielding, and pitching, and young players put their skills into practice as part of Raider’s Edge’s Red Raider softball teams.
In-home cooking lessons are lead by Happy Earth Yoga owner Stacey Milchman, a longtime foodie fanatic with worldly experience as a raw-vegan chef. Amidst helping her stressed-out exercisers achieve tranquility, Stacey aids aspiring herbivores in nourishing and flourishing in the comforts of their own home kitchen. Each veggie cooking lesson leads students through the preparation and devouring of three to four dishes, each derived from pre-set menus featuring vegetarian, vegan, and raw-vegan options. Through a hands-on learning approach, pupils hone their techniques and crank up the flavor dial with each scrumptious, plant-packed dish. Post clean-up, complete recipes are exchanged along with a few low-fives designed to signify achievement. To set up a cozy in-house lesson, just double check that you have a kitchen and email Happy Earth Yoga.