Since its doors opened in 2002, the cycle-minded staff at Rochester Bike Shop has provided cycling enthusiasts with bicycles and accessories from top industry brands. The team can configure a full bicycle by Trek, Salsa, or Yeti that fits the rider’s body dimensions and riding style, helping anyone from the rookie cyclist to the hardcore biker who commutes by bike rather than carpooling on top of a coworker’s car. Staffers can outfit the bike with accessories by Shimano and Burley and even provide maintenance services such as tune-ups and suspension fixes when needed.
Commandeering components of Hampton Golf Club for its sinister spookery, Dementia at Hampton lures brave souls into temptation with theatrical and interactive scares swamped in horror legends of lore. Visitors are thrust into an asylum and warned that inmates are on the loose. Sifting through smoky corridors, they encounter blade-wielding welders, spy blood-riddled axes, and dodge chainsaw-carrying clowns. Though the haunted house is more frightening than visiting the in-laws or filing one’s taxes with a blowtorch, it is recommended for ages 13 and older, allowing pre-teens and high-schoolers to seek refuge from mid-October ennui. The golf course’s prime location in a highly residential area of town near the Hampton Village Center Shopping Center offers an accessible, commercial area where late-night runs for proton packs may be satiated.
During Rochester Tactical’s signature eight-hour classes, a Detroit police officer and NRA-certified firearm instructor teaches students to safely wield a pistol. While the classroom component explores the keys to safety, gun care, and local firearm laws, the instructor also leads students to a range stocked with SIRT training pistols, where they learn proper shooting techniques and stances.
Over his 30-year tenure teaching golf, founder Mark Reason has established Reason's Golf Academy locations in Michigan and Florida to spread the wisdom of his Ferris-wheel-swing technique. This coaching philosophy—designed to build swings that travel on a controlled, vertical axis rather than in a less-dependable merry-go-round motion—serves as the unifying force in all of the academy's instructional programs and as the building block for the development of a consistent, correctable, and windshield-friendly swing. Instructors use golf-simulator and swing-analyzer technology to scrutinize imperfect motions and weighted, molded-grip clubs and other training aids to guide clients toward proper technique. To further optimize patrons' pin-hunting prowess, the Academy offers club-fitting services, which pair clients with the clubs or modified pool noodles that best fit their unique swing profile.
At Detroit Academy of Martial Arts, head instructor Joe Graunstadt and his team relay the teachings of Renzo Gracie, the grandson of Brazilian jiujitsu's creator, Carlos Gracie. During training programs, students learn jiujitsu self-defense tactics and related life skills, such as stress management and wood chopping. The academy also schedules mixed martial arts and muay thai kickboxing classes.
Designed in 1929 by Michigan Golf Hall of Famer Wilfred Reid—a British immigrant who studied golf-equipment design under Tommy Armour's father, outdueled Gene Sarazen to win the 1924 Augusta Open, and crafted a multitude of courses on both sides of the Atlantic—Bald Mountain's championship golf course spans 6,624 yards of undulating, timber-lined fairways. Though sand traps are sparse throughout the round, the layout counters with obstacles including greenside swales, grassy thickets, and deranged windmills invading from the nearest mini-golf course. Well-manicured greens sit at the end of each hole, providing a fair, true roll for par-seeking putters.
Novice players may prefer Bald Mountain's nine-hole executive course, where seven par-3s ease beginners into the game or allow aces to boost the probability of netting an elusive hole-in-one. Bald Mountain also encompasses a grass-tee driving range, a practice green, and a banquet area that can host up to 250 people for bridal showers, graduation parties, or group therapy meetings for short-irons that feel like drivers on the inside.
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