After undergoing renovations in 2007, Jay Lanes Bowling emerged with 24 freshly resurfaced lanes, brand-new furniture, and electronic scoring monitors. Patrons slip into bright-orange and highlighter-yellow bowling shoes before hurling three-holed balls conveniently color-coded by weight—6 to 16 pounds—and body mass index. Jay Lanes Bowling also hosts Friday- and Saturday-night glow bowling and houses a pro shop with for-sale balls and shoes.
At Salter's Ski Shop, the staff apply tenacity and meticulous planning to their boot fittings, collection of skis and snowboards, and tune-ups.
Salter's Ski Shop prides itself on thorough, precise boot fittings that help skiers and boarders control their balance both on the slopes and during limbo games. The staff takes dozens of measurements of each foot to determine the optimal fit. Snow-sport enthusiasts can peruse new boards from Morrow or skis from K2 and Goode, and bring in old equipment to the consignment shop, which donates proceeds to the National Ski Patrol. The shop also carries discounted lift tickets for nearby slopes, including Bear Creek, Jack Frost, and Blue Mountain.
The 18-hole course at Chapel Hill guides golfers along lush fairways framed by dense tree lines and confronted by water on 11 holes. Six holes—beginning with No. 1—demand precise course-management skills when navigating shots around the stream that cuts through their fairways, demanding that players lay up, muscle their shots over, or swap their golf ball out for a beach ball. Laid end-to-end, the course measures 6,089 yards from the blue tees, the farthest of four available for play on each hole.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,089 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
The futbol-passionate staff at The Soccer Stop lobs and shoots informed advice and appropriate soccer gear to amateurs, pros, and veterans of all ages, offering everything from footwear to referee attire. The Soccer Stop's staff members serve as active players, coaches, or referees themselves, so they'll happily recommend items, such as Under Armour lined playing gloves ($24.99) or Adidas Pro-Lite shinguards ($19.99), which protect shins from an opposing players' kick and any errantly shot arrows from the archery club. For fashion and function, the Adidas Copa Mundial soccer cleats ($99) catch traction with their classic black-and-white kangaroo leather. Show off geographical representation with Red Lion country soccer socks ($8.99), adorned with flags from countries such as U.S.A. or Brazil.
With more than 25 years of experience, Patio.com oversees a wicker- and wood-framed stockpile of rugged and refined game-room and outdoor furnishings to outfit open-air play spaces with tables, chairs, cushions, hammocks, barbecue grills, and billiard tables. Shoppers can peruse a variety of styles from teak and aluminum to adirondack, sling, strap, and nougat-centered.
Named a 2011 Top 100 Club Fitter in the country by Golf Digest, Golf By Design carries a full complement of golf equipment from clubs to apparel, and offers club fitting and repair that will improve course play. Putt around on the practice green before hitting approaches with the Bridgestone E5 ball ($26.99/dozen) or gear up for a links expedition with the Bag Boy T-300 travel bag ($39.99). For sputtering putters and scrap irons, the full service repair shop regrips, reshafts, and resuscitates old clubs, leaving them chipper and ready to dig divots like a prototype.