At Underwater Connection, southeast Wisconsin’s only PADI five-star instructor-training center, an award-winning course director and a team of skilled instructors educate both undersea novices and emergency-service professionals in the art of scuba diving. Following safe, low-stress basic diving courses in a pool, teachers and students move to the open water to cover techniques that include rebreathing, underwater videography, and recovering toy-boat wrecks from flooded bathtubs. Underwater Connection provides all equipment for classes, relying on its factory-trained equipment mechanics and Aqualung Master Technician, who refill tanks and do in-house repairs on gear from brands such as Dive Rite, Poseidon, Oceanic, Aqua Lung, and Scubapro.
At Brew City Paintball, paint slingers of all skill levels wage war over 44,000 square feet of indoor battlegrounds or 17,000 sq. ft. outdoor field peppered with inflatable fortifications. The indoor facility includes two fields, with one stretching 110'x130' and another 85'x125'. During paintball games, each player loads up with a Tippmann A5 Response Trigger full auto gun, protective vest, antifog mask, and unlimited air refills to take the fight to enemy teams and spotless clothing on multiple all-turf playing fields. Referees monitor each match for signs of foul play, and Brew City organizes games according to player skill so rookies can hone their skills without being sniped by a pro. As paint flies between bunkers and teams vie for control of the field, parents, friends, and war photographers observe the action from plush leather couches in Brew City's air-conditioned viewing room, complete with WiFi and five flat-screen TVs.
Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC uses motion sensors and high-speed cameras to monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
The proprietors of Performance Running Outfitters, Trae and Jessica Hoepner, bring 25 years of running experience to their business and understand how best to outfit the feet of competitive and casual runners alike. The paw honchos at Performance Running Outfitters perform a thorough foot analysis to find the right fit for all training needs. After assaying arch type and width, shoes are treadmill tested for proper gait and stability, insuring that everybody leaves bounding in step with their sole-mate. Performance Running Outfitters proffers brand name apparel from respected athletic designers, including Nike running socks ($12 per pair), Zensah arm sleeves ($29.99) and high-quality kicks from Mizuno, Asics, New Balance, and more. Although most running shoes cost more than $50, this Groupon is good for sale items. Scurrying feet can also pick up sustenance by way of nutritional PowerBars, Sports Beans, and Gatorade, or stock up on accessories such as a travel massage stick ($27.49) or sunglasses ($39.99+) to avoid making eye contact with baiting roadrunners.
There's a time, right at dusk, when the expansive greens of Brookfield Hills Golf Course look more like velvet than grass. These greens are the most forgiving aspect on a course riddled with water hazards and precisely placed bunkers.
On the par-32 front nine, the wooded framework of towering deciduous and pine trees makes it easy to forget the course is located in a busy suburb. The eighth hole works those trees into its design, challenging players to shoot their balls or launch them with slingshots over the treetops en route to the green. At par 30, the back nine puts more of an emphasis on the short game, and six of the holes feature imposing water hazards.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-62 course * Total length of 4,926 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 61.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 100 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Chris Kegel started at Wheel & Sprocket in 1973, two weeks after the bike shop opened. Back then, he was a bike mechanic, but over the past four decades, as the bike shop grew to multiple locations, Chris worked his way up. Today, he's Wheel & Sprocket's CEO, and keeps the company true to its founding goal: making bike rides more fun.
Wheel & Sprocket does that not only by selling bikes in more than 18 categories, but also by taking care of them. Its mechanics can repair any bike they sell, and they also offer comfort-enhancing bike fittings. Every week, they also highlight cycling's social aspect by hosting group bike rides, which unlike the name implies, doesn't involve everyone piling onto one bicycle.