Pat Lieske is a master of shooting sports. He has spent more than 25 years honing his skills in clay-target shooting, game hunting, and wing shooting, among other specialties. Today, Mr. Lieske shares his expertise with others as the owner of Michigan Shooting Centers, which hosts Pat Lieske's School of Shooting. At his ranges in Brighton and Lake Orion, Mr. Lieske trains students of all ages and skill levels.
Hell Survivors' own history of paint-splattered skirmishes dates back to 1983. The facility’s 14 playing fields span a 180-acre outdoor arena and provide ample battlements for players to duck behind with Deluxe Tippmann semiautomatic markers in tow. Before deploying teams to the field, paintball experts equip them with anti-fog goggles, 300-round ammo packs, and unlimited nitro/HPA refills. Professional referees are present on the field to help refill air and explain how to use the equipment.
After players have exhausted their supplies and painstakingly replicated all of Jackson Pollock’s masterpieces, they can refuel with cheese burgers and chicken sandwiches at the pro-shop.
Somewhere between the tune blasted by a live DJ, mesmerizing laser-light shows, and appearances from its mascot, Roller Roo, BonaVenture Family Skate Center finds a way to squeeze in some roller skating. The 30,000-square foot facility invites visitors to enjoy a lively recess from the real world by gliding across their massive skating floor. Roller Roo roams around nearby, passing out high-fives, and above the rink, a jumbo video screen beams the latest music videos and fiery speeches from dystopian overlords. Off the rink, BonaVenture gives guests a chance to recharge at its snack-and-chat area or dispose of stale quarters at an arcade and redemption area stocked with prizes for all ages.
Mini-golf courses glow in neon colors, arcade machines jingle in celebration, and children laugh as they make their way through varied attractions. These are just a couple of the sights and sounds you can find in Rollerama and Zap Zone's massive facilities throughout Michigan and Canada. Some locations even feature amusement park rides and an area where youngsters can build and decorate their own stuffed animal to get over the strained relationship with their teddy bear. Kids can stop in to play for a couple hours of fun, or participate in a summer camp or themed party to celebrate birthdays.
Every aspect of FitZone is designed not only to be welcoming, but to be fun—from the music played during the up-beat classes to the brightly colored walls of the studio. Open 24 hours a day, the female-only gym and fitness center caters to ladies around the clock, with classes ranging from Zumba to spin throughout the day. Gym goers can meet one-on-one with a trainer to design a custom workout program, or clients can get nutritional advice from the resident dietician, who only wears the celery costume on bank holidays.
Whitmore Lake Golf Links is like two courses in one. On the front nine, golfers meander across scenic uplands, tackling hills and large, flat greens. In the second half, however, the landscape shifts to mostly wetlands, setting the back nine among boardwalks and teeing decks in the middle of the marsh. All told, wetlands cover much of the facility's 254 acres of property, where wildlife abounds as players conquer the par 71 course's wild challenges.
To prepare for the idyllic gauntlet, visitors can make a day of it at the onsite restaurant or the club's practice facilities. At both the driving range and a short-game area, golfers can perfect every aspect of their game, from their swing mechanics to the flute melodies they use to coax timid clubs from the bag.
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