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.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Designed by Bill Newcomb * Total of 6,257 yards * Four tees per hole * Course slope of 132 from the tips * Course rating of 69.7 from the tips * Click here to view the scorecard.
Pure Heat Yoga and Fitness? instructors gently introduce beginning yoga students and more experienced attendees to the studio?s 75-minute blend of ancient yoga poses and deep, relaxing stretches performed in a space heated up to 105 degrees. During classes, students practice breathing exercises to focus the mind as bodies move through poses, fostering enhanced body awareness that can help out-of-touch students realize they?ve unconsciously been doing the hand jive for the past year and a half. As students execute the classes? carefully designed series of poses, oxygenated blood flows to the body?s various tissues.
Meanwhile, the studio?s sweltering heat loosens muscles, allowing pupils to sink deeper into stretches without fear of injury while pores eject pent-up toxins via the closest sweat gland. To stay hydrated, students guzzle a bottle of water about an hour before class or purchase one from the studio upon arrival. To handle posthydration sweat breaking, towels and mats are available to rent for a nominal fee.
At Spirit Rising Yoga & Healing, the 2011 and 2013 winner of CityVoter's Best Yoga Studio award, yogic poses double as medicine for the body, mind, and soul. Owners Stacey and Jeff Coffey help their students find a peaceful way to navigate the tension and obstacles present in everyday life. Stress melts and muscles strengthen during private yoga instruction and expert-led classes, which range from athletic Ashtanga sessions to gentle Yin routines that bolster connective tissue in the hips and spine. Complimentary mats, pillows, blocks, and belts may be borrowed to assist students' practice or Rube Goldberg machines. In addition to leading yoga, vinyasas, and meditation classes, the studio specializes in alternative healing techniques, such as reiki, massage therapy, and auricular acupuncture, that retune the body's natural energy flow.
SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
The cycle savants behind Town N Country Bikes take pride in their vast collective knowledge of all things velocipede. In addition to carrying a full array of bikes and products from lines such as Specialized, Kink Bikes, and Fit Bikes, they offer upkeep and repair services to keep two-wheeled companions in excellent condition, as well as rent bikes. The staffers help riders of all stripes find their ideal bikes and accessories based on individual experience level and the number of buses they're able to jump over at once.
Town N Country Bikes also caters to wintertime sports. Technicians keep skis and snowboards in gear with waxing services, allowing alpine adventurers to plummet down slopes at maximum velocity, and edge sharpening, which helps them carve deep into the snow, control their speed, and swerve around yodelers.
Yoga Center for Healthy Living's staff makes their more than 35 yoga classes as pain-free as they can. They unite a comfort-inducing mélange of sunshine, plants, and a padded floor in their studio in an effort to make limbering up not a chore, but comfortable way to improve the mind and body. A talented crew of instructors, lead by owner Lee Ann Louis-Prescott, guides students through more than 30 total sessions per week. Their courses include Hatha, which is an ideal class for those new to yoga, as well as restorative yoga, which places an emphasis on achieving a state of tranquility. The team also presents specialized sessions, such as prenatal and kids and parents classes, for mothers-to-be, new mothers, and people dressed up like Mother Goose.