As the sounds of crashing pins and cheering players echo across Vineyard Lanes, owners Gayle and Gordon Grant keep a watchful eye over their five-pin bowling haven. Since taking ownership, the duo has reconditioned the pinsetters and installed new synthetic wood for each of the facility's eight lanes. Their continuing efforts lure in both casual bowlers and leagues.
Vineyard Lanes' on-site bistro complements rounds of pin pummelling. A white, cross-hatched fence sets off the dining area, where aromas of stuffed mushroom caps and slow-roasted-beef sandwiches distract players long enough for finicky bowling pins to sneak out the back door.
Working alongside 2010 PGA Champion Martin Kaymer, Wayne Hachey brings a bunker full of experience to his post as Desert Golf Academy's head instructor. As a player, Wayne has excelled on both sides of the Atlantic, Earth's saltiest water hazard. He once carded a 29 on 9 holes at British Columbia's Osoyoos Golf Club and shot a low-round of 64 at Scotland's famous Lundin Links. As a coach, Wayne is acquainted with all modern teaching approaches, from the single-plane swing to the technical insights of noted golf instructor Hank Haney, and has used these approaches to develop many of todays top European Tour players. Wayne's staff of pros—including Central Alberta standout Drew Bolokoski—have all learned from his knowledge of the swing, and augment their lessons with FlightScope swing analysis.
Behind the wheel of Top Gear Karting's high performance go-karts, drivers zoom around Penticton Speedway at up to 75 km/h. The wheels of up to 14 Intrepid karts—including senior models for drivers over age 14 and junior models for younger drivers—navigate the 0.7-kilometre track and its one banked turn during drop-in races that last 10 minutes apiece. Top Gear Karting's convenient arrive and drive program outfits drivers with all the equipment they need to take part in these individual races, face foes in league match-ups, or taste burnt rubber during driving academy lessons.
At Okanagan Street Striders, mobile elliptical machines break free from the gym’s stationary rows and help exercisers grab some fresh air during their cross-training workouts. A fitness-savvy staff acquaints riders with their mounts, which target muscles all over the body without unnecessary impact or unnatural motions. Riders glide along paved trails and pathways, taking in a scenic alternative to staring at television screens, helping riders avoid the cardio room’s cramped confines or tempting smells from the gym's in-house bakery. In addition to daily rentals, Okanagan Street Striders also organizes group night rides.
Methow Valley Sport Trails Association's 120 miles of manicured snow pathways unfurl through a scenic landscape of valleys, forests, and mountains. Adventurers spend three consecutive days carving swathes through the powdered paths, with gently rolling areas for beginners, lengthy climbs for veterans, and loop-the-loops for skiers with rockets strapped to their backs. Coast through the 30-kilometer Methow Community Trail, which traverses the Foster-Twalks Suspension Bridge and bows low to the Methow River. On the machine-groomed tracks of the Mazama Trails, newcomers glide through flat farmlands, and the Sun Mountain Trails have an even mix of easy, intermediate, and difficult runs that all end at the doorstep of a warm hut.
From a tee box raised 75 feet above the fairway, the Okanagan Valley spreads out before golfers as they tee up their first shot at the Summerland Golf and Country Club. This sort of panoramic vista is commonplace on the 18-hole course—named the best course in the South Okanagen by Penticton Western in 2013—from the opening drive to postround drinks on the clubhouse’s 1,500-square-foot balcony overlooking the course below. Before toasting good fortune, players must first navigate through the groves of tall Ponderosa pines, calibrate for wild swings in elevation, and best the mighty par 5 18th hole. Measuring 522 yards from the back tees, this final hole borders the edge of the Trout Creek Canyon, one of five holes on the course to do so without falling in.
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