A 6,641-yard layout sculpted into pond-speckled parkland terrain draws in golfers at Villa de Paz Golf Club's 18-hole course. Throughout the round, golfers will have to prove that their swing is impervious to water hazards, which come into play on 10 holes. Players and husky groundhogs encounter the most difficult hole at the fourth tee box, where a tree-lined fairway dog-legs sharply to the right on its way to a green guarded by a pond in front. Before their round, clubbers can warm up their swings at Villa de Paz's driving range, which has two tiers to accommodate heavy swing-honing traffic and separate territorial head covers.
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Inside Arcadia Sports, athletes and fitness enthusiasts find what they need to replenish their stock of equipment and apparel. Baseball and softball gloves, bats, bags, and cleats equip players for practice or games, and the store's outdoor batting cages help keep them in prime shape for homerun hitting or window breaking. Slider shorts protect rumps from abrasion during base-sliding, and youth jersey shirts protect skin from moisture with Bio-Dri technology. Exercise enthusiasts can peruse kettlebells, free weights, and cardio machines for tools to help build muscle at home.
A flurry of paintballs whiz through the air, splattering their targets with brightly colored pigment. Players at the outdoor Buckeye Xtreme Sports can find cover in the midst of the desert landscape behind bunkers, haystacks, or in fox holes. The location boasts two large fields and on-site CO2 and compressed-air filling stations, and nocturnal players can enjoy nighttime matches during the summer from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
For more than three decades, Arizona Hiking Shack has been outfitting outdoor adventure seekers with seasonal gear for thrill-inducing off-road journeys. Conquer white waters or cruise along serene streams with a one-day kayak rental. Arizona Hiking Shack provides kayaks for solo or doubles trips, ideal for Captain and Tennille tribute bands to paddle down the Salt River together.
Sunday Cycles' trained mechanics rejuvenate velocipedes of all types by adjusting unaligned frames and repairing broken breaks amid a cyclist-friendly atmosphere. The signature One Heck of a Tune-Up pampers two-wheelers by tightening crank arms, adjusting the bottom bracket and pedals, and massaging each handlebar. Next, a brake-pad adjustment renders bikes red-light adherent and wheel truing sets rubber rings on the straight and narrow. Calibrations to the front and rear derailleurs make chains trustworthy, and a tire pressure top-off keeps cyclists from running a flat tire during pavement-pounding sessions and impromptu roadside hula-hoop challenges.
At Home Fitness customers can find virtually any kind of exercise equipment inside the 15,000-square foot Ahwatukee showroom and warehouse. The mini-chain’s flagship store has everything from treadmills to ellipticals to home gyms. Furthermore, everything is displayed on the floor, so customers can try machines out, plus check out limited-edition fitness equipment, product samples and prototypes. The range is impressive, whether you’re shopping for a single free weight or a complete home gym. The staff is well trained on how to use the stuff, and can point out the best exercise bike or vibration machine for a customer’s goals and budget.