From an elegant perch in the clubhouse, diners at New Albany Links Restaurant and Grill sup on a menu of classic Italian entrees as they survey the adrenaline-pumping action on the course's 18th green. Seafood enthusiasts can cast a wide net over multiple courses starting with flaky, pan-seared crab cakes with aioli ($7.99), followed by a bowl brimming with angel-hair pasta, fresh basil, shrimp seared in extra-virgin olive oil, and morally upstanding sun-dried tomatoes ($7.99–$14.99). A twice-baked lasagna offers up layers of meat sauce, ricotta, provolone, and romano cheese for toothsome excavation ($7.99–$11.99), and multi-taskers will enjoy the way the chicken marsala mingles pan-seared chicken breast, sautéed mushrooms, and marsala wine into one decadent dish ($7.49–$12.99).
Part bowling alley, part bar, and part restaurant, Rule 3 takes pride in providing fun for the entire family. Lace up a pair of bowling loafers ($3 per pair) and take to the lanes (up to a $30 value per hour per lane on Friday nights and weekends) with up to five of your favorite comrades, where you'll be able to practice your armswing arm-in-arm. Each of Rule 3's 14 luxurious lanes is equipped with an automatic scoring system and a loyal ball return, so if you strike, it will be noted, and if you gutterball, it will also be noted, but the nonjudgmental ball will roll back into your waiting arms. Although food and drink purchases are not included in today's Groupon, take advantage of Rule 3's modern, lounge-like eatery to recharge by knocking down some burgers and cold ones after a midmorning of knocking down pins. Open bowling is available all day, every day (click here for hours of operation), giving avid orb-hurlers a chance to scratch the nocturnal sporting itch that refuses to be sated by paper football alone.
Tucked into the rolling hillsides of Johnstown, The Links at Echo Springs is equal parts pretty and challenging. Fairways lined with mature hardwood forests skirt streams and ponds. Off the course, there’s a fully stocked pro shop, a driving range with a PGA staff available for lessons, and a bar and grill waiting to serve up celebratory hamburgers. Click here to see a scorecard and read the course guidelines.
Baseballs and softballs pinging off bat barrels or popping into the webs of leather gloves echo across the training facilities at New Albany Baseball Academy, where aspiring sandlot stars flock to improve all aspects of their game. Using the same drills and techniques of Major League stars, the academy helps players of all ages and abilities improve their swing, perfect their throwing motion, and field grounders and fly balls with confidence. The academy also encompasses fitness facilities and training programs that focus on improving players' strength, speed, and agility.
Chuck Mayhew, PGA member for more than 30 years, teaches the basics of golf swing mechanics before moving on to more complicated tweaks to his students' swings. Though certain golf tenets are universal, Chuck knows that any single teaching method won't work for every player which is why he tailors his approach to fit each individual student. Private lessons begin with an assessment of each player's current ball positioning, alignment, and swing posture—key components that must be corrected before beginning any backswing. Once students have an understanding of these fundamentals, Chuck teaches how they relate to one another, helping students improve their golf game by making these basic elements work for them. Lessons are held at Four Seasons Golf & Fitness Center, a full-service indoor golf-instruction facility that can stay open despite rain or bunker sandstorms.
Cofounded by professional dancer Alexander Thomas and personal trainer Daniel Hamilton, Diamond Dance & Fitness works to foster active, nutritional lifestyles through a varied schedule of programs and periodic group outings. Classes are headed by experienced instructors—the studio's signature ballroom course has teachers who are competition-trained. Meanwhile, dance-fitness courses such as Zumba help to put an upbeat spin on classic exercise techniques without the added risk that comes with practicing the moonwalk on a treadmill.
Melodies rhythmically flood the studio's space on Salsamante Saturdays, when guests trace bachata, merengue, and salsa steps across the dance floor. In addition, visitors can get custom fitness advice in personal-training sessions and in-depth nutrition advice from health coaches.