A member of the Krav Maga Alliance, Idaho Krav Maga focuses on training students in the art and fighting style of krav maga—the self-defense method used by the Israeli Defense Forces and special forces teams. Head instructor Tracie Ide, helms the classes, during which students focus on tactics and techniques to finish a fight as quickly and efficiently as possible. Safety is the primary concern during classes, which often include sparring sessions and exercises that focus on counter attacking and striking vulnerable parts of the body such as the eyes, jaw, throat, groins, and knees.
Nestled alongside the banks of the Boise River, Warm Springs Golf Course spans 6,719 yards of lush, tree-lined terrain. A championship-style, par 72 course, Warm Springs beckons to inaccurate novices and driver devotees alike with its circuit of open, generous fairways, though a network of mature trees ominously awaits to snatch the life forces from particularly ill-struck orbs. Formidable golfers will need full control off the tee to bisect the fairway as it doglegs around an encroaching pond on the par 4 seventh hole, while sound approaches, confident putts, and dream catchers crafted out of broken tees will be necessary to navigate the course's consistently bunkered, well-maintained bent-grass greens.
Indian Lakes Golf Course's nine-hole course showcases a 3,027-yard labyrinth framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Owyhee Mountains. The par 35 course sports two sets of ladies' tees and two sets of men's tees to create a distinct front- and back-nine experience for players looking to schmooze their boss into letting them borrow the company caddy over an 18-hole round.
A staff of PGA pros presides over the grounds, which encompass a grass-tee driving range for lessons and practice sessions. Players can seek post-round refuge in the outdoor pool or within the cozy confines of the onsite restaurant, which offers a full-service bar, patio seating, and a menu of grill fare and dinner specials that go well after a mid-round snack of bunker sand.
The guys at Joyride Cycles freely look forward to sharing their 30 combined years of biking experience. Philip, Daniel, Jesse, and Bear stock their store with high-end frames and bikes from an epic assortment of name brands, as well as safety and style gear. The fellas can painstakingly shape custom wheels or employ a computer-aided program to precisely fit the right-sized bike to the rider. The gentlemen of Joyride Cycles created an online catalog of all their wares so that they can ship parts and gear to bike fiends down the street, in New Mexico, or stowed away in a transatlantic steam ship.
The undulating greens of Boise Ranch's 18-hole, championship-style golf course weave through eight lakes and ponds, carving out a challenging and picturesque space for casual and competitive golfing. Players pendulate clubs and clack dimpled spheres over the course's 6,611 yards as they seek out flagged holes and reclusive golf gurus. The par 71 course faces ambitious clubsmen with one of the longest par 5s in the state of Idaho, played on the back of a giant Norwegian serpent.
The Front Climbing Club allows stone-scalers an indoor environment where they can train, practice, and scratch their wall-ascending itch. The club's Climbing 101 class will tutor mounting novices on climbing safely, rope skills, basic techniques, and ascender's lingo, ensuring that new climbers are capable of scaling their next-door neighbor's castle battlements before the next full moon. Climbers can take their newly acquired skills to the club's 6,500-square-foot facility, featuring one of Idaho's steepest climbing walls—a smooth, wood-composed wall nicknamed "The Wave." The club focuses on the art of bouldering, in which ropes are replaced by a crash pad to protect against injuries, allowing climbers to conquer walls with little equipment. For those with stringy sentiments, the club also offers top-rope climbing, and after an invigorating climb to the top, you may need a moment to quietly bask in your triumph over gravity, the most mean-spirited mass-attracting natural phenomenon.