Designed by course architect Gene Bates, Hunter's Point Golf Club's 18-hole, par 71 course channels the windswept charm of Britain's links-style courses in its lengthy, emerald tapestry of bent-grass fairways and greens protected by formidable hazards. Throughout the course, a king's guard of expansive waste bunkers, deep pot bunkers, and deadly quicksand bunkers stand ominously alongside landing areas and greens, placing a high premium on precise shots and astute club selection. The course takes duffers careening amid the towering scenery of the Owyhee Mountains and Boise Mountain Range, and Lake Lowell and its surrounding waterways provide both pleasing panoramas and intimidating forced carries. On the par 5 16th, a slight dogleg left spans 669 yards from the farthest tees and culminates on a green guarded by five bunkers and patrolled by a feral flagstick. The course's considerable length—it measures 7,093 yards from the back tees—is tempered by its inclusion of five tee boxes on most holes, including a Jack Rabbit family tee that reduces the course length by more than half for true neophytes and players experimenting with spaghetti-based club shafts.
Improvolution’s motto is “live funny, die laughing,” and although it’s a slightly edgy sentiment, the troupe promises that its shows are clean enough for kindergarteners, grandparents, and everyone in between. The crew, whose managing director is also a regular cast member, regularly stages evenings of short-form comedy at their new venue or at business and birthday functions. Continual audience interaction and occasional wacky props produce a stream of new inspirations for the performers as they build quick scenes or even stage a rap video at a moment’s notice. The troupe also spearheads workshops in the art, helping aspiring actors flex their adlibbing abilities and audiences break through debilitating suggestion-shouting blocks.
Founded in 2009 by mother-daughter duo Cate Tedeski and Clarisa Knepprath, Yoga Babes welcomes female yogis of any age and skill level. The cozy studio accommodates smaller classes that facilitate personal interaction and thumb wars with the instructor. During warm yoga classes, the temperature summits at 85 degrees to promote detoxification and circulation. Mommy & Me classes synchronize moms and kids in poses that tone the body, whereas fitness-hooping classes evoke the childlike spirit within grown women. The studio supplies custom, handmade hoops for hooping classes, sparing students the trouble of haggling one from the nearest Girl Scout troop. Visit the studio’s schedule for a full list of classes and times.
At Firehouse Sports Pub, a rotating roster of 14 draft beers splashes from taps as seven flat-screen TVs cast their glow onto the faces of eager sports fans. Friendly servers deliver sports-bar staples such as pizza, burgers, and nacho-cheese-filled footballs, and thanks to a strict no-smoking policy, fans can inhale fresh air between bouts of cheering and burning the opposing team's quarterback in effigy. Billiard balls carom off the sides of three pool tables, and a video golf simulator hosts putts and drives on 18 virtual greens. The community-oriented watering hole also welcomes kids until the kitchen closes at 10 p.m.
Pyrrhic Paintball derives its name from an ancient Greek dance, one whose motions were intended to mimic the death struggle of two knife fighters. Like those dancers, the players on this dusty, urban-warfare field play-act modern battles, ducking out from behind particle-board barricades to get a bead on the opponents. But there's a second, better-known meaning to pyrrhic: victory achieved at great cost. Whether attempting to capture a flag, protect a VIP, or defend a base, anyone may be called to sacrifice themselves to a splattering of paint in order to ensure the completion of a team's objective.
At The Nampa Rollerdrome, kids and adults speed around a more than 60-year-old wood-floored skating rink flanked by a snack bar, party room, and ample hangout space. Birthday parties fill bellies with pizza in a private room boasting a wall illustration of Mickey Mouse, which mysteriously ages even as revelers remain eternally youthful. Roller-hockey leagues facilitate friendly competition among all age groups, and late-night Friday skate sessions keep in-line wheels in motion till midnight. Gamers can take a break from strenuous rinkmanship in the game room, stocked with air hockey, a crane game, and Ms. Pac-Man, in which players woo an ambitious bachelorette married to her ghost-swallowing career.