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Regardless of the time of year or day of the week, visitors to St. Clair Tennis will find the same thing: open doors and a staff committed to healthy, active lifestyles. For more than four decades, the full-service tennis facility has provided community members with year-round opportunities to improve their skills on the court. Players young and old find programs and developmental clinics tailored to their needs, while the professional instructors also lead private and group lessons, where players can focus exclusively on their swing or practice their serving grunt until it's the perfect pitch.
Golf Headquarters attracts golfers of all stripes with three courses, including the 18-hole executive Pheasant Run Golf Course, an 18-hole pitch-and-putt course, and an 18-hole miniature-golf course. The par 57 Pheasant Run Golf Course challenges players to send orbs spinning past bunkers and water hazards even after the sun has set, when lights illuminate the zoysia fairways for golfers who haven’t yet acquired an owl familiar to guide them through the night. When winter blows in, players can take to the driving range, where 12 of the 40 hitting stations are covered and heated, and aim balls toward raised target greens. At the clubhouse, a 2,500-square-foot pro shop nestles alongside the Roost, where guests can perch at a horseshoe-shaped oak bar or rest by a gas fireplace on the patio as they drink in views of golfers sprinting across the finish line at the 18th hole.
More casual players can tackle the pitch-and-putt course, where balls must cross distances of 40–100 yards to reach the full-size greens, or hone their short game at the miniature-golf course, dotted with serene ponds, streams, and waterfalls.
Play It Again Sports overhauls lockers with high-quality gear and rescues gently used athletic equipment from untimely retirement. Products from brands such as Bauer, Easton, and Wilson make up an all-star lineup across each store's shelves, which are replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and hockey to golf and lacrosse. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. To ensure its stock remains robust, Play It Again Sports encourages athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including treadmills—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Wielding certifications as a wheel builder, race mechanic, and suspension technician, owner Sam Markovich heads up Peloton Cyclery's service department with a deep passion for all things cycling. After growing weary of businesses that hawked bikes without singing lullabies to them or servicing their parts efficiently, Sam decided to captain his own cyclery where tune-ups, fittings, and classes take priority over inventory. Sam personally presides over fittings, determining the specific needs of athletes atop a fitting cycle or adjusting bikes while mounted in the trainer to enhance safety and riding comfort. Patrons interested in at-home adjustments can attend a wheel-building course or free maintenance class that demystifies two-wheelers and separates them from their single-wheeled ancestors.
Though its main focus is service, Peloton Cyclery does outfit budding exercisers with a huge selection of rides from top industry manufacturers. Cycles by Bianchi, an Italian company more than a century old, cater to specific types of excursions, and affordable KHS bikes tackle myriad terrain.
At The Great American Diving Company, swimmers and scuba enthusiasts plunge into a 10-foot-deep, custom-built training pool heated to a balmy 85 degrees. Under the guidance of PADI-certified instructors, students in Open Water Diver classes learn to breathe and explore beneath the surface, opening the doors to continue underwater education and obtain certification or finally put to rest a fear of really big puddles. Divers can gear up for their next expedition in the shop, and the staff also leads scuba trips to diving locales.