The 2012 PGA Utah Golf Pass offers golfers discounted tee times and deals at more than 70 courses throughout the state. By paying the cart fee, pass-wielders enjoy free rounds at seven of the state's premier golf venues, including the red rock-framed fairways of Sand Hollow and the mountainside greens of Birch Creek Golf Course. At dozens of other courses, players enjoy VIP bargains such as percentages off tee times, buy-one, get-one-free deals on greens fees, special discounts for junior golfers, and free admission for infant sand wedges.
Pass holders also receive discounts on range balls, regripping services, and golf merchandise at certain locations. Check the website for a comprehensive list of discounts, all of which remain valid until the end of 2012 or the golf-cart union goes on strike.
The minute someone joins Lady Fitness, the staff wants them to know that everyone is in it together—they're here to help each individual member reach her goals. New clients immediately get a comprehensive fitness evaluation, then a trainer leads them on a tour of the gym, recommending the best programs along the way depending on one's needs. That partnership doesn’t end there—once you've signed up for a program, the staff can help you track your progress, and you're allowed to come back to the staff after 16 weeks to reevaluate.
Members have access to Lady Fitness’s cardio center and weight machines, which are designed especially for women’s bodies. Instructors also lead group fitness classes including yoga and sculpting. During Zumba, everyone gets moving to the tune of a Latin-inspired dance-party workout, and kickboxing students can pummel real punching bags instead of backpacks filled with packing peanuts. There are also childcare facilities onsite––including options for free daycare––and all of Lady Fitness’s locations offer fun kids' fitness classes to help young ones learn the importance of staying active early on.
The Front Climbing Club has attracted a crew of passionate setters and climbers with various outdoor-climbing experience, earned while climbing around the world. The staff brings this knowledge to its route setting, filling the 10,000-square-foot space with bouldering routes and top-roping walls that will boggle the mind and body like a kiss from Albert Einstein. Instructors lead these climbing and bouldering classes as well as training sessions, either teaching the fundamentals or helping attendees of virtually any age and skill level master more advanced techniques. Also offered are yoga classes and a full array of strength and cardio equipment, which can provide year-round conditioning training. The Front runs afterschool kids’ programs and camps, helping young climbers hone skills needed for teamwork and concentration. The club's pro shop also keeps visitors prepared for climbing excursions by allowing them to stock up on specialty supplies, including rock shoes, ropes, alpine and ice gear, and training equipment.
Propulsion Pilates' instructors rely on the familiar Pilates contraptions that fill most studios, but they alter the time-tested workout regimen by incorporating it into a more modern style of circuit training. They combine sequences on the Reformer, Tower, and Wunda Chair with occasional cardio exercises and kettlebell work, creating challenging sessions that manage to refine technique while bolstering strength and flexibility. To keep classes teetering on the cuttingest of edges, the instructors attend at least two Pilates workshops every year to update their mental cache of fitness tricks, but they always leave a little disappointed that a flying Reformer machine appears to be at least another six months off.
Since Joe Gold opened his first fitness center more than 45 years ago, his namesake gym franchise has grown to more than 600 locations worldwide. The four locations near Ogden house workout floors furnished with loads of exercise equipment as well as studios for group classes such as cycling, yoga, and TRX training. Most Gold’s locations also feature Les Mills fitness classes such as Body Pump, Body Combat, and Body Attack, which keep things fresh by switching up their choreography and music every three months.
Ben Lomond Golf Course's 18-hole layout challenges golfers to send shots soaring against a dramatic backdrop dominated by Ben Lomond Peak and the Wasatch Mountains. Relatively open fairways invite golfers to unveil towering drives before a gauntlet of obstacles demands deft iron play, delicate putting, and experienced sea legs in order to tame the undulating greens. A water fountain on Hole 6 highlights the front nine as it shoots water high into the air against the peaks in the distance, distracting golfers with a postcard-worthy scene as they cruise around in GPS-equipped carts. On the back nine, the par 3 10th hole intimidates players with the precipice of a 210-yard tee shot alongside Highway 89, where street-legal golf carts and speeding ice-cream trucks can easily break a player's focus.
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The Junction City Roller Dolls—a four-team Women's Flat Track Derby Association league—whip fans into a frenzy with full-contact battles on wheels. Sporting playful costumes and sassy names, three Junction City squads—the Trainwrecks, Hilltop Aces, and Railway Banditas—will turn the Davis Conference Center into a playground of rebel yells and impromptu games of Red Rover. Groupon holders can grab trackside seats to watch point-scoring jammers such as Malibu Harpy weave through packs of oncoming skaters as they waggle their tongues at the opposing team. During the home-team championship, blockers such as the Railway Banditas’ Dominique Trix will rattle rivals with fierce hip-checks and shiver-inducing laser vision. In addition to scoring an evening of hard-hitting action, bout-goers can bag prize-drawing tickets by donating nonperishable food items or dollar bills folded into origami nunchucks at the door.
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