Victory Links Golf Course occupies 400 acres of lush greenery about 25 minutes north of the Twin Cities, and holds the sovereign exclusivity of being the only PGA Tour–designed public golf course in Minnesota. Residing within the confines of the National Sports Center campus, Victory Links is operated by the nonprofit National Sports Center Foundation. Within the 18-hole, links-style course, golfers find tee boxes positioned between 2,834 yards and 7,092 yards from the green, accommodating a host of golfing abilities and systems of measurement based upon the stride of local monarchs.
Club swingers thrive on the tree-lined fairways of Chomonix's 6,596-yard course, where the flora and fauna of Minnesota's wilderness bespeak the course's location on the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes park reserve. Water hazards pepper seven holes, and sand traps camouflaged as golf-ball resorts add excitement to each shot. With a full bucket of balls, orb whackers can improve their form and distance on the driving range, and players can practice distinguishing between real holes and invisible wormholes on the putting green nearby. Golfers quash hunger with the clubhouse's grilled brats or burgers. The course experiences little or no winter-kill, so the local flora stays healthy all year long.
Housing more than 7,000 certified used clubs, 2nd Swing offers both burgeoning golfers and more experienced club wielders a deep catalog of orb-mashing implements. Each club is thoroughly cleaned and vetted for signs of bumps, scratches, cracks, or sand-trap-related psychological trauma, then rated based on its condition to help patrons know exactly what they are getting. Increase your distance off the fairway or the tee-box with a ladies’ Callaway 4-iron ($29.99), or upgrade from unwieldy wedges fashioned from a doorstop dipped in molten lead and glued to a broomstick to a ladies’ Nike slingshot graphite gap wedge ($49.99). Give nascent Nicklauses their first divot-tearing toolbox with a Tommy Armour five-club junior set ($49.99), or see of they can reach the neighbors’ newly installed homing beacon with a drive from a Taylor Made junior driver ($29.99). Patrons can take any prospective purchase out for a same-day demo session at a nearby course or range, testing its gravitas on the greens before bringing it home to meet the family fish.
While other athletic clubs hibernate, Majestic Oaks welcomes Old Man Winter's frigid embrace with snow-savvy cheer. Played using golf clubs and a fuzzy tennis ball, snow golf provides nine holes of family-spanning fun and takes less than an hour to complete. Traversing the course, most of whose holes are under 100 yards, provides a reason to enjoy a brisk winter afternoon with friends while getting some light exercise. Hot chocolate and coffee (a value of $1.50 each) can keep your foursome of snow-golfers warm or can be used to punish snowmen who overindulge in mulligans.
In Life Time Fitness's LifePower Yoga programs, yogis certified in an array of yoga styles impart students of all levels with strength, flexibility, balance, and focus. Prospective posers can drop in on any class on the schedule, where a varied menu of methods helps students balance the yoga's strengthening and slimming physical benefits along with its meditative, relaxing, and mat-appreciation qualities. An introductory class acquaints incoming limbs with basic poses and the proper way to align them with a suite of breathing techniques. Instructors will help you find pose modifications to accommodate injuries, muscle stiffness or other special needs.
A shimmering sheet of bluegrass spreads underfoot on each of the 27 holes at Viking Meadows Golf Club. Eighteen of these manicured fairways make up the club's championship-length course, The Meadows, a 6,428-yard undertaking that pits players against water hazards on six holes, tricky dogleg turns, and the constant threat of mole people bursting from the ground. The Woods course, its nine-hole sibling, invites golfers to practice their game or tune up before playing through the championship links.
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Golfsmith's online and in-store storerooms house an almost endless list of golf gear for men, women, and children alike. Clubs, balls, and accessories from brands such as TaylorMade, MacGregor, and Callaway give players precise control over their game, and polos and long-sleeved shirts from Nike and Snake Eyes garb players in course-appropriate attire now that tuxedo T-shirts no longer qualify. Along with the extensive collection of equipment and golf bags, Golfsmith also carries GPS systems to give players a high-tech edge and tennis gear to help them overcome the bunkers’ tricky nets.