Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to snowboarding, skis, and ice skates. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man each location, ready to answer questions, arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups, and even sharpen skates or wax snowboards. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Whether meant to scale mountains or drift down street shoulders, the mounts and cycling gear at Summit Bicycles ease any odyssey atop two wheels. The extensive selection ranges from Trek bikes for road and mountain to hybrid and commuter bikes that trump getting to work by hiding overnight in a coworker's trunk. Well aware of the importance of finding the ideal frame, the store lends out high-end bikes for test runs via its demo program, allowing riders to get a feel for the saddle's political bent before taking it home to meet their parents. For current owners, Summit's technicians repair and tune up already-owned bikes and help browsers find accessories such as tire-patching kits, electronic heart-rate monitors, and apparel from Bontrager and Pearl Izumi.
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s experienced personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
Strap on some aqualungs for a Discover Scuba-Diving course in the comforts of nature's most immaculate reservoir—the swimming pool. The friendly scuba-savvy folks at Any Water Sports will provide you with all the moistened groundwork you need to confidently strap on a set of flippers. As you float weightlessly through the water, take a moment to focus on the surrounding silence, the cascading light shining down, and the calming exchange between you and your lovingly pressurized oxygen tank.
Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course stands at the site of the old Thunderbird Golf Course, an East San Jose mainstay for more than 30 years, and its 9-hole executive layout is ideal for both newer players and veterans looking to hone their short game. Consisting of eight par 3s and a short par 4, the course emphasizes approach shots and putting?a skill easily practiced on the facility's 10,000-square-foot bent-grass putting green. Golfers can also improve their game at a driving range with 25 hitting stations, relax under patio umbrellas at the on-site cafe, or browse the pro shop to replace the nine-iron that took a new job as a walking cane.
While most of Rancho del Pueblo's resources are dedicated to traditional golf, the course also caters to footgolf?a new, growing sport in which players punt soccer balls over the fairways instead, hoping to reach the hole in the fewest number of kicks.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 28 course * Length of 1,338 yards from the tips * Two tee options * Scorecard
Thanks to Bay Area Ski Bus, getting from point A to point B never felts so good. Its shuttle buses, outfitted with modern conveniences such as video systems, usher passengers to and from local ski resorts, negating their need to worry over travel plans or convince the troll under their bed to return their car keys. Provided meals, snacks, and beverages keep both hunger and thirst at bay, and lift tickets dispensed upon arrival get skiers straight to the slopes. When the faraway ski destinations of Colorado or Val d'Isère entice travelers away from home, Bay Area Ski Bus grows wings to match. Its guides handle every detail of the adventure, from flights and shuttle arrangements to lodging and lift tickets.