Designed by prolific course architect Joel Goldstrand, Rum River Hills Golf Club's 18-hole course weaves through 6,308 yards of water-lined fairways and undulating greens. Water hazards present challenges from the very first tee, where aggressive players may choose to lay up or drive balls over a pond to cut the corner off of a fairway that dog-legs right, setting up a favorable approach onto a green 413 yards away. Rum River Hills tests players’ short game with undulating greens that take golf balls through more sharp turns than a golf cart driving through a grocery store.
A full-length driving range allows players to warm up before they take to the course, and the club's PGA instructors offer lessons for those looking to improve their swing mechanics. After a day at the links, course patrons can drop in at McDuff's Restaurant, which serves an expansive menu of salads, burgers, steaks, and pizzas. Inside the sunlit dining room, 11 TVs let guests catch up with live sports, while outdoor patio seating caters to those hoping to reverse engineer the technology of the lawn mowers maintaining the course below.
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The certified colon hydrotherapists at LifeCleanse of Anoka clear biological pathways and promote optimal health with FDA-approved colon-hydrotherapy treatments. During the initial two-hour session, expert body plumbers explain the process and usher clients into private therapy rooms, where they lie on their backs as warm water clears colons of waste and abandoned campsites left by swallowed gummy bears. A disposable, single-use nozzle inserts into digestive tracts, and patients can opt to have therapists stimulate the abdomen with or without oils. The streams of filtered aqua approximate the effects of a healthy bowel movement, helping dislodge toxins from the body's inner confines and promoting increased energy as well as overall well-being. The virtually painless procedure typically requires no downtime. LifeCleanse recommends a series of 60-minute follow-up sessions to keep digestive systems running smoother than a racehorse after a fresh coat of turtle wax.
Yoga is universal. In keeping with that notion, Synergize Yoga welcomes any and all students to practice at its studio—beginners, experienced yogis, and expectant mothers all can find a class right for them. Along with energizing flow classes, the instructors lead meditation sessions and Yin yoga.
The bodywork experts at Anoka Massage & Pain Therapy believe in the healing power of relaxation and do their best to drive away unhealthy stress with massage therapy and acupuncture. Staffers are trained in a number of Eastern and Western modalities, including shiatsu, tui na, and myofascial release, focusing on pressure points or wadded-up connective tissue. During needling sessions, acupuncturists take aim at tension and a host of other ailments, such as allergies, depression, and ice-cream headaches.
Surrounded by cheeky pink carpeting and floor-to-ceiling racks of metallic-colored medicine balls, instructors at Studio K lead 45-minute fitness classes, many of which focus on seniors. With a stone fireplace nested in the corner and mirrors surrounding the walls, cozy classes whip cores into finer fettle during yoga and mat Pilates, and patrons cut a cardio rug during dance-aerobics sessions that include Zumba and Latin Dance. Studio K takes part in the SilverSneakers program, which modifies cardio and strength workouts for seated routines, making it easier for older students and reigning monarchs to participate.
Armed with an education from Northwestern Health Science University in Bloomington, Doctor of Chiropractic Jen Esselman treats both the body and the mind with holistic spinal adjustments. She advocates chiropractic care both as a remedy for chronic, acute, and obtuse conditions as well as way to keep healthy bodies in top shape and prevent future maladies. In addition to manual adjustments and other therapies, Dr. Esselman helps her patients shed excess pounds with weight-loss programs and lifestyle advice.
Entrepreneur and frame designer David Ulrich has cleared the vision of Twin Cities citizens since 1969. Besides creating a wealth of exclusive eyeglasses frames, such as the sleek 8 Below Zero collection and the retro-inspired Studebaker line, Ulrich opened Spectacle Shoppe to serve customers’ optic needs. There, teams of certified opticians accurately assess prescriptions and fashion single-vision, progressive, or bifocal lenses in the in-house lab. Clients confer with the staff to design custom frames or choose from the shop's thousands of one-of-a-kind frames, vintage cat's-eye styles, and double monocles.
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