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.
The centrepiece is a 14-foot screen. And 26 plasma TVs reinforce the HD sports experience, from UFC fights to NHL fights. The games enjoyed at Best Damn Sports Bar aren't all passively viewed, though; billiards, darts, and arcade games beckon the competitive side of patrons.
Sports fans periodically fill cheering mouths with savoury bar favourites, including burgers, flatbread pizzas, and wings that come in 15 varieties—honey garlic and butter chicken, to name two. And to wash down it all down, draft and bottled beer, cocktails, and red and white wine vie for table supremacy.
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.
Aboard inflatable tubes, summertime revellers float lazily down the 7-kilometre River Channel, which runs between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. At the end of their one- to two-hour jaunts (travel time varies depending on river conditions), buses chauffeur them back to Coyote Cruises' parking lot rather than force them to pair up and fashion their tubes into makeshift bicycles. Staffers recommend patrons bring water, sunscreen and a hat on their trips.