PGA pros Alex Macko and Alex "Breezy" Koskos propagate sound pin-hunting form from their post at Jawor's Golf Center, which fosters year-round practice with indoor and outdoor training areas. The duo can demystify the subtle mechanics of the golf swing at the center's 44-tee driving range, which features 14 covered, heated stalls that enable practice sessions during inclement weather. With clubs and apparel from brands such as Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist, the full-service pro shop offers equipment upgrades as well as repair services for club shafts snapped by players who mistakenly teed up a bocce ball. Two outdoor, 18-hole mini-golf courses buttress the facility, inviting players to work on their putting form as life-size cartoon characters break the tension after a missed gimme or a dispute about whether or not an abandoned shoe is an acceptable ball marker.
Falcon Flight Center's pilots take passengers up in the skies for breathtaking views of Ann Arbor and sites such as Michigan Stadium or to teach aspiring pilots how to operate a plane. Students learn how to master takeoffs and landings while communicating with an operating control tower. They also have the chance to mingle with other aspiring pilots by participating in group study sessions or enjoying friendly hangar barbecues. The center also rents out its aircraft to pilots who don't have their own planes, and it equips patrons with aerial photography shots of their homes and businesses.
Paint and Pour hosts parties at their studios in Ann Arbor and Brighton, as well as restaurants and bars across Metro Detroit. Students can fill their canvases with whimsical images that range from tropical sunsets and romantic strolls in the rain to teddy bears. Each class focuses on a single painting; after they settle at their easels, students listen in as a seasoned instructor leads them through a step-by-step recreation of the night?s piece.
Snap Fitness is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Because this deal includes the all-access key card, you don't have to let the strictures of "time" dictate when you can avail yourself of cardio and strength benefits. Arrive at Snap super late and pretend you're working out in an Edward Hopper painting, or pound the treadmill at 5 a.m. and get pumped for 6 a.m. Even if you exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere will provide a refreshing change of pace from any meat-market gym or tough elementary schoolyard you've experienced.
The beer list at Dooleys runs long and deep?including 26 beers on tap. Additionally, they have monthly draft and bottle specials as well as their daily drink and food specials.
Diners also chow down on fish and chips, hand-formed burgers, corn beef sandwich, and hand-tossed pizzas. And for dessert, the bite-size brownies and bananas, skewered with marshmallows and served with chocolate sauce, would likely pair well with any shot glass of whipped cream you can find.
Dooleys boasts three locations, where sports is as much of a draw as the food and drinks. Michigan teams take priority on the TVs, but with Sunday Ticket, the NFL Network, and 10 other collegiate and pro sports channels, there's plenty of nationwide sports action available. Dooleys also offers sports trivia, Club Keno, billiards, and even a comedy showcase at the Mt. Clemens location.
Those who love fall know that full immersion is the best way to get into the spirit of the season. The Pumpkin Factory just happens to be the perfect place to plunge into all things autumnal, welcoming visitors with an array of fall-themed activities including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides and a haunted house. Once twisting stalk has been traversed and every pumpkin has been inspected and assessed for its potential carvability, kids can expel excess energy by jumping in a giant inflated spider house or by exchanging tin can recipes with the resident goats in the nearby petting farm. And, if all that activity works up an appetite, the farm's country store sells a number of delectable, seasonal treats, including pumpkin pie, donuts, caramel apples and apple cider.