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.
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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.
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.
Outfitting runners for 30 years, The Finish Line Running Store stocks its aisles with sprint-ready shoes from Asics, Brooks, and Saucony as well as name-brand duds and running gear. Low-cut Balega Hidden Comfort socks ($11) sheathe soles aching for the fitted clasp of Brooks Ghost GTX kicks ($119.95), which, like all of Finish Line’s shoes, are specially fitted to each customer’s foot. Soles weary from stomping on the cell phones of chatty moviegoers can fortify shoes with a therapeutic pair of cushiony Powerstep orthotic arches ($39.95), and a thermal running top and pants from Mizuno ($64.95+) swathe bodies in their doubly snug embrace. Saucony’s Viz-Pro running vest ($74.95) tastefully accents running duds, enveloping fashion-free torsos in style and allowing runners to look sharp without having to run with scissors.
When SneakerKing first claimed the throne in 1946, there wasn't much to choose from when it came to athletic footwear. Back then, the best an athlete could get was a flimsy canvas foot covering, and basketball nets couldn't be taller than 3 feet since nobody had shoes to jump in. But as shoes became springier and blingier, SneakerKing grew into one of Philadelphia's largest independent retailers of casual and athletic footwear.
Toes have room to wiggle in the store's giant inventory of running shoes, winter boots, hiking boots, moccasins, and slippers from almost every major brand, including New Balance, Saucony, Asics, Sketchers, and Crocs.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, as party songs thump in the background, lasers beam over a row of 24 lanes—each home to a rack of glowing pins—and reflect off their thin layer of oil into the fog. Of course, Playdrome Devon Lanes hosts regular open-bowling hours throughout the rest of the week, when it echoes with the sound of crashing pins and celebratory sirens from the on-site arcade. Though unseen, heard, or smelled, the signal from complimentary WiFi streams through the air as well, allowing players to post their high scores online or to look up the cheat codes that enable the bowling balls' rocket boosters. Playdrome Devon Lanes also allows customers to bring their own food and beverages.