The clatter of victimized pins echoes across Orchard Lanes's 18-lane alley and family-fun center. Unless there is a league on the floor, Orchard Lanes's staffers are happy to bring down the lights for glow-in-the-dark bowling at a customer’s request during any of its daily open-bowling hours. For special occasions, party packages are available to equip revelers with the necessary pizza, ice cream, and goody bags, and Orchard Lanes has even played host to a wedding. A computerized scoring system logs each player’s achievements, and between frames, a stop at the full-service snack bar yields pizza and soda to refuel sphere-tossing muscles. The center is also home to billiards tables and an arcade that, like the fairest time-out corners, has a redemption center.
Located in the scenic hills of Wasatch Front, Eaglewood's par 71 course challenges links-lovers to varying elevations and sloping greens. While reveling in idyllic valley views, golfers drive GPS-equipped carts around the mountainous terrain that surrounds the course, ending up on holes such as Through the Woods, a deceptively sloped par 3 riddled with trees, or Blindman's Bluff, where homebound golf balls seek a hidden green from an uphill tee shot. Named for its vertical descent, Hangtime—Eaglewood's signature hole—harbors a treacherous downslope, a green flanked by bunkers, and an adjacent lake hungry for stray golf balls and errant drivers. Local wildlife, including moose, eagles, and red foxes, occasionally appear from the wilderness to guide par-seekers through manicured lawns complete with fountains and garden gnomes trained to politely clap.
Bountiful Flight opens up new worlds to students of all ages with accessible introductory lessons in piloting private aircraft. Pupils can get a feel for an airplane's controls with simulator sessions and grounded lessons before sitting behind the yoke of a Cessna Skyhawk 172. During introductory flights, a seasoned instructor supports novice pilots as they glide over the Salt Lake CIty skyline. After landing, students can take home a high-definition film of the flight, captured from three cameras mounted on the airplane and operated by wing-walking gremlins.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
• For $40, you get 18 holes of golf for two with cart rental (up to a $76 value) and two small buckets of range balls (a $6 value), valid on weekdays and after 1 p.m. on weekends (up to an $82 total value). • For $80, you get 18 holes of golf for four with cart rental (up to a $152 value) and four small buckets of range balls (a $12 value), valid on weekdays and after 1 p.m. on weekends (up to a $164 total value).
Flip’s Gymnastics is committed to building kids’ self-esteem and confidence through the energetic and exciting world of gymnastics. Led by an exuberant staff of talented instructors, the gym offers programs for all ages and abilities. Youngins can start with Pre-K Learning & Movement and work their way up to Tumble Jungle Gym. Tramp & Tumbling provides high-flying fun, and cheerleading classes help students nab a spot on the squad.