The instructors at A&R Aviation showcase the open skies above Oakland Troy Airport as students enjoy casual discovery flights or train to earn a pilot’s license. During instructional flights, instructors place pupils in front of the steering column of a pair of Cessna aircraft—models 150 and 172. The flying machines are kept up to date by an FAA-certified maintenance professional, allowing the student to focus on real world training scenarios without fearing real world technical difficulties, like when nacho cheese is accidentally spilled all over the cockpit.
When A&R's pilots aren't teaching others how to fly, they can be found ferrying people through the skies on sightseeing expeditions. On romantic flights, which showcase the dazzling views of the Detroit skyline at night, couples sip sparkling cider and nibble on chocolates among a sea of rose petals.
Putting requires intense concentration, which is especially difficult when you have an elephant watching over your shoulder. At Sport-N-Fun, miniature golfers putt their way through three 18-hole courses adorned with statues of exotic wildlife such as gorillas and giraffes. These distractions are one of the many obstacles on the terrain, where bank shots and undulating hills stand between players and holes-in-one.
Sport-N-Fun's other exhilarating activities likewise vie for visitors' attention. Thrill-seekers zip around the curves and down the straightaways of the Go-Kart track, or leap skyward while securely harnessed on the bungee trampoline. In seven batting cages, machines pitch balls toward batters at speeds of up to 85 miles per hour, offering a range for different skill levels. Inside, classic games blip and bleep as players smash buttons at the arcade. Amidst all the action, GG's Pizza renews energy with servings of pizza and fountain drinks.
Evolution Sportsplex’s dome structure houses 60,000 square feet of artificial turf, which doubles as an athletics field and an indoor driving range. There, as well as outdoors, a golfer can improve their swing, thereby eliminating the need for the pneumatic hammer taped to the end of their club. Visitors can also putt their way through a manicured miniature-golf course peppered with shady trees and refuel at the concession stand before hitting the indoor field, which can be converted for sports ranging from football to softball.
Teeming with 10 returning players, including 2010–11 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Ray McCallum, the Titans enamor fans and frustrate opponents with fast-paced play and dunking prowess. Today’s deal treats guests to upper-reserved seats equipped with chairbacks comfier than a blanket sewn from Peeps, allowing them to relax during their choice of more than 16 regular-season games. Fans can cheer on the Titans as they face fierce contenders such as St. John’s (December 5) and Butler (January 8). Fueled by applause from his dad, who doubles as the team’s coach, McCallum looks to lead scoring for a second year. Senior center Chase Simon will join senior forward Nick Minnerath to amass points and host fiery midcourt debates about the existence of gravity.
Franklin Athletic Club's seasoned instructors shepherd racket wielders of all skill levels through comprehensive group classes designed to impart and bolster proper tennis fundamentals. During one-hour beginner group tennis clinics, four to six sphere swatters gather on one of the 13 air-conditioned tennis courts to learn basic techniques and rules. These experienced professionals mentor novices, helping them tell the difference between a backhand stroke, a forehand stroke, and the ill-advised no-hand stroke. Meanwhile, more practiced swingers can hone their crosscourt shots in advanced-beginner, intermediate, or advanced clinics.
Vargo Golf Company’s stable of golfing properties allows club-wielders of all skills to test the tees on diverse courses while perfecting their game. The Myth Golf Club furnishes 18 holes on a championship course with spacious greens surrounded by lush woods with playful creatures that occasionally turn out to practice their polite golf clap. Myth’s younger sibling, The Little Myth Par 3 is a nine-hole affair perfect for experienced clubsmiths looking to work on their short game or short clubsmiths looking to first develop one. The hilly obstacles and generous fairways of the 18-hole Rouge Park Golf Course, founded in 1923, boasts one of the area’s most challenging holes (the famed hole 11). Groupon holders can also dream up creative mulligan excuses at the 18-hole Bruce Hills Golf Club, the 9-hole executive Hampton Golf Club, the 18-hole Rackham Golf Course, the 18-hole Chandler Park Golf Course, and the-18 hole Palmer Park Golf Course.
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