In the spring of 1979, Scott Glanz faced a tough choice: attend the University of Arkansas or join the Chicago White Sox's minor-league system. Scott opted for an education, though three years later another minor-league offer arrived, this time from the then-California Angels. He accepted it but spent most of his 2.5-year minor league career tending to an injured elbow.
Rather than spend his time wondering what if?, Scott brushed off the disappointment by training the next wave of major-league hopefuls at The Bullpen. Along with fellow coaches Randy Whisler and Jimmy Kremers, Scott imparts baseball fundamentals—such as hitting, fielding, and throwing—to first-timers at The Bullpen's Rookie School. Geared toward players of all skill levels, The Bullpen's other services include personalized private lessons, batting practice inside six cages, and plenty of strength-training equipment.
What makes your business stand out?
We never charge for parents or guardians. We offer a very clean and safe environment for children to play.
What inspired you to run this business?
To have a place for parents to take their children where they can indulge in the lost art of pretend play. It was important for me to be able to offer a play center that wasn't expensive for families. I wanted it to be somewhere parents could come on a whim and not have to plan it in advance because of money.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Children not wanting to leave, even if they've been here for two hours, is by far the best compliment. And of course, repeat customers. That always warms my heart.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Watching the children play creatively. They are fascinating little people. I hear some really funny stuff everyday. They have no limitations to their imaginations and it is amazing to see what they do with that.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Admission is good all day. Once you check in, you may leave and come back within the same day.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not necessary
Most popular offering: Regular admission for open play.
Pro Tip: We encourage child-parent interaction.
Tracy Phillips of Tracy Phillips Golf was a Rolex Junior Player of the Year—twice. This distinction earned him a spot in an elite club that includes such greats as Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. He has competed in the Asian Professional Tour, and won myriad tournaments at the junior and collegiate level. As both a teacher and a student, he has worked directly with famed instructor Hank Haney, and even taught LPGA players. Tracy harnesses his wealth of experience and knowledge to teach players of all ages and skill levels, and uses advanced technology and video analysis to focus on swing alignment, ball flight, and the behavior and inaudible screams of the golf ball at impact.
At Hackerz Indoor Golf Lounge, golfers swing across virtual replications of nine world-famous courses, all without worrying about inclement weather or other groups affecting the pace of play. One available course, Palm Desert Canyons, showcases stunning images of Bighorn Canyon and the rugged landscape that looms ominously in the distance. Golfers can challenge their skills by playing Long Island Black, a course that mimics Bethpage Black's narrow fairways, high roughs, and well-placed pop-up ads. In addition to its golf simulator, Hackerz also keeps a stock of rental clubs on hand for players in need.
At Broken Arrow Family Golf Center, golfers can practice the skills necessary to hoard pars and birdies out on an actual course. They can zero in on concerted solo practice?the crux of any good improvement regimen?on the driving range until the sun goes down or gently suggests that they can always come back tomorrow. Alternatively, they can gain new perspective on their swing via the indoor video-learning station. British PGA member and owner Brad Whalen stands at the ready to offer his two cents through lessons that help students reach their full potential.
As a kid, Micky Bolin roamed Sahoma Lanes, lending a helping hand to his grandfather, who opened the bowling alley in 1960. Over the years, the business switched hands from his grandfather to his father, with Micky taking over as manager in 2005. Today, the alley's 24 lanes still foster a fun, competitive atmosphere but with the added bonus of automatic scoring and a fully loaded video-game area that would've caused accusations of time travel or Russian-spy connections on opening day. The center buzzes with energy during Saturday night cosmic bowling, when what Micky calls the "mom-approved" tunes and current music videos are emblazoned across 10-foot screens. Nearby, patrons clamor for a chance to net mammoth catches before humanely releasing them back into the motherboard of the Big Bass Pro arcade game or refuel with pizza and burgers at the snack bar. The bowling center hosts a roster of leagues, but the Colorama League stands out from the rest with more than $3,400 worth of cash prizes, which can fund future games or cover the cost of a bowling ball crushed during a fit of frustration. Yet staff members prefer Thursday-night leagues, when they lace up bowling shoes and join players in the lanes.