Swaders Sports Park fuels friendly competition between friends and family members with an endless series of sports and gaming opportunities. Guests jump into one of four different go-karts and zip around two tracks or guide golf balls past challenging obstacles and serene water features?such as waterfalls, streams, and nymphs holding water guns?on two 18-hole mini-golf courses. Golfers can also head to the driving range or smack a different kind of ball in the batting cages.
Inside the facility, a whirring collection of lights and sirens ricochet off the walls from more than 70 arcade games. A multilevel laser-tag arena conceals players behind towering glow-in-the-dark obstacles, and the Route 66 bowling alley allows guests to bowl on highway-themed lanes without the risk of potholes that comes from playing on regular highways.
Prince George Golf Club’s 18-hole course unfurls across 6,640 yards of kempt, relatively flat fairways hemmed by fragrant pine trees. The picturesque par 72 poses a moderate challenge to golfers, and the bulk of its difficulty comes in the form of small greens, 13 of which are fortified by at least two sand bunkers and one Frenchman sunbathing in the nude. The back nine presents a slightly harder layout that includes two par 3s where tee shots must clear intervening water hazards on the way to their flagged destinations. A driving range and putting green foster preround practice sessions, and PGA pros roam the club’s verdant grounds imparting swing-honing advice in lessons and searching tirelessly for their father’s long-lost mashie niblick.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,640 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 71.1 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 118 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
North Carolina Golf Academy's well-rounded team of coaches is composed of long drivers, PGA instructors, pro tour participants, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Together, they have the knowledge and experience needed to help players refine every part of their golf game, from hitting longer drives down the middle to lifting golf carts off of trapped balls. They strictly employ a one-to-one teacher-student ratio to make sure every student receives the instruction they need to improve as quickly as possible.
Studio owner Martha Boda transformed her body and mind as a Pilates student, a change so profound she decided to become a teacher. She completed her Stott Pilates certifications in mat work, Reformer training, and rehabilitative training for injuries. Now, Martha and her team of Stott Pilates-certified instructors teach small groups of students the secrets to stronger cores and healthier spines at her studio, using Reformers, spring walls, circuit training, and classic mat work.
The trainers at Breakthrough Fitness focus on functional fitness—exercises that make it easier to perform daily activities. Building muscle through these types of workouts can help alleviate the strain of everything from hauling grocery bags to sitting in your favorite invisible chair. To meet that end, trainers work both the upper and the lower body at the same time to increase core strength, which also helps and avoid injury.
There are certain milestones that stick out in our lives. A first step. A first kiss. A fist time hurtling towards the Earth at incredible speeds. Virginia Skydiving Center's tandem instructors help people accomplish the latter by strapping themselves to novices and jumping out of airplanes into the open skies. From 14,000 feet in the air, the two free fall and take in a hailstone's-eye view of the terrain around Washington, DC and Virginia Beach before a two-person parachute smooths the rest of the path back toward earth.
It only takes 20?30 minutes of training to prep for that tandem experience, but Virginia Skydiving Center's videographers can preserve the fall for years to come. The initial dive can also serve as the first step an accelerated freefall program, which helps students become licensed to take on the skies all by themselves.