A lifelong golfer who has putted and driven her way to three Women's U.S. Opens while earning her way in to the PGA Quarter Century Club, course professional Dawn Darter knows the ins, overs, and outs of The Greens' stunningly styled slopes—as well as its recently renovated greens and fairways. During each 45-minute private lesson, Darter tweaks swing mechanics with exercises that incorporate posture, wrist motion, and diaphragm control for more pleasant-sounding victory yodels. Mentor and PGA Professional Life Member Tom Hanson is also on-hand to instruct golfers in new tactics for skimming strokes from long and short games. If you'd rather skip to the part where you hit a ball so hard that it circumnavigates the globe and clonks you in the back of the head, head to the driving range area with a ball key card worth 12 large buckets, or 576 golf balls, and spend an afternoon blissfully pretending that each ball is the unusually small, dimpled white head of your boss.
Balls-N-Strikes' fully astroturfed, 10,000-square-foot facility helps budding baseball stars fine-tune their swing and pitch accuracy with batting cages and professional, one-on-one training sessions. A half-hour in a climate-controlled batting cage invites guests to hone control by taking aim at baseballs, softballs, and imaginary meatballs fired from a personal pitching cannon. Patrons seeking tailored playing advice can meet up with a college or Division I baseball instructor for a 30- or 60-minute training session. Beneath the complex’s 35-foot ceilings, burgeoning pitchers can employ the hawk-eyed perception of a seasoned professional to improve ball grip and overall throwing form. Batters benefit from a one-on-one hitting analysis, wherein a swat guru critiques swings and at-bat stance while demonstrating Socratic arguing techniques on life-size stuffed umpires.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Toes tap, soles crisscross, and ankles point and flex as pairs of dancers whirl across Arthur Murray’s smooth floors, where Sacramento-area hoofers have practiced steps since 1947. A specialized curriculum imparts basics such as foot position and rhythm, as well as how to lead, follow, or trot across the ceiling during beginning classes, and eventually ushers students into bronze, silver, and competition-level gold classes. Graceful instructors certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association lead classes and events such as private lessons, group formation practices, core rhythms reviews, and weekly practice parties.
The Body Mind & Soul Expo advocates natural wellness and personal growth through free lectures and enlightening exhibitions and seminars from alternative-health practitioners and businesses. Melt cosmically into chairs during massages from Ashley Little, channel dormant Bert and Ernie personalities during hypnosis by Rich Ervin, and bedazzle spirit fingers with custom-made sterling-silver jewelry by Chon & Jasmine Stanley, who represent just a few of the event’s numerous exhibitors. Expo organizer and featured speaker Sharlette Pumphrey speaks Saturday at 2 p.m. on spiritual/intuitive development, illuminating the connection between spiritual growth and self-improvement as well as sharing messages from members of spirit families, including helpful reminders that the oven is still on. The expo lasts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The six target greens and 350 grassy yards of landing area at Mulligans Golf Range & Bobby Wilson Teaching Center bolster gameplay alongside swing-honing lessons from certified instructors, including three-time World Long Drive champion Bobby Wilson. Golfers can tee off year-round and in any weather conditions from 10 lighted and covered stations, emptying two medium buckets of balls (180 total) across a peaceful verdant landscape punctuated only by the sporadic encouragement of cheerleading Scotch Highlanders. Long-driving neophytes with dreams of golf-ball domination can rework swings and locate sweet spots under the tutelage of certified golf pros during hour-long lessons. Instilled with new fairway-conquering wisdom, guests can showcase golf and culinary skills alike as they line up their shots from a natural grass tee and pepper the greens with a small bucket of 45 balls.