An Xbox 360 console, a 40-inch high-definition television, and a surround-sound headset: all of this is yours alone at PLAYlive's individual gaming stations. But that doesn't mean each round of gaming has to be a solitary affair. The gaming center hosts parties and weekly tournaments, too, pitting players against each other in live contests with titles such as Call of Duty and NBA2K. For members, the lounge even hosts monthly mixers where gamers can participate in mini tournaments or debate which Mario brother made their mother prouder. Beyond its comfy lounge, PLAYlive can enrich your gaming experience with its shop that specializes in repairing Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii consoles.
Cool breezes spiral off the waters of Oakland Bay, gently ruffling the fairway grasses of Bayshore Golf Course, positioned on the bay’s western shore. The nine-hole, 3,002-yard course slaloms through thickets of towering pines and rolls over gently undulating terrain that golfers can traverse by foot, golf cart, or a 3-wood that doubles as a pogo stick. Those in need of tees, divot tools, or golf balls can stop by Bayshore Golf Course’s pro shop, which sells golf apparel and accessories that sport the club’s logo.
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Behind a backdrop of blue skies and the distant ranges of Mount Rainier, players sharpen their swings at Airport Golf & Batting Center. The mountain serves as the ultimate target for slinging long drives inside the heated, lit, and covered driving range. A nine-hole executive course with new blocks and greens stands ready to host players ready to move beyond banking chip shots over the neighbor's pool. Scratching the sports itch doesn't stop with just golf, as the center also houses a bank of indoor batting cages, each outfitted with pitching machines that sling baseballs up to 60 miles per hour.
The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie houses a pair of challenging 18-hole golf courses with scenic views and one 2,500-square-foot clubhouse. Equipped with five sets of tees, The Links gives club-swingers of all skill levels a formidable challenge atop a Scottish-style course surrounded by beautiful views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier. Golfers can face The Woodlands' sprawling fairways surrounded by dense forestry and tranquil wetlands, and valiantly nudge balls into holes atop multitiered greens. Visitors in possession of the Hawks Prairie Club Pass can take advantage of discounted greens fees to explore all of the club's 36 holes, as well as a special Hawks Prairie ID card to show police when pulled over for driving a golf cart under the influence of putting-induced euphoria. On weekdays, a round of golf costs up to $39 per person, but Hawks Prairie Club Pass toters can golf for $17; on weekends, a round costs up to $51 per person, but Club Pass holders can golf for $30. Hawks Prairie Club Pass holders also receive invitations to tournaments, exclusive access to instructional events, team competitions, and social outings such as competitive synchronized zen-garden-raking in one of many sand bunkers.
Former police officer Brian Johnson has been practicing martial arts for 31 years. That may be hard to believe, but it's obvious to anyone who's ever taken one of the classes at his Academy in Lacey. Johnson and his team teach students how to defend themselves in real-life situations, emphasizing self-discipline through classes in Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and Hulk smash. They even take on students as young as 3, teaching them basic techniques that build listening skills and coordination.
The playing experience at Capitol City Golf Course is as much about what's on the course as what's not on it. After it rains, the course's reliable drainage leaves the the grass dry. At the sign of frost, the staff covers the greens. The result is a course that remains playable year-round, allowing golfers to traverse its 6,578 yards of narrow fairways and charming foliage even if it means playing through a group of golfing snowmen.