The 5K run snakes its way through the beautiful, lush landscape of Norfolk Botanical Garden. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and on-site trainers from Onelife Fitness will happily assist with stretching prior to the 8 a.m. start. Though not included with today's Groupon, ForKids and Onelife will also host a 1-mile "Bud Run" for youngsters and 1/4-mile "Seedling Shuffle" for lil' tots after the 5K. Both are $10 per child.
The professional flight instructors of Curtis Eads Flight School prep students for the FAA written exam and flight practical test through ground school classes as well as in-flight lessons. In addition, they offer scenic flights over Virginia Beach, downtown Norfolk, and the James River as well as aircraft rentals for licensed pilots.
Sculpted into the dramatic hills that surround the shores of Lake Kilby, Suffolk Golf Course unfurls a 6,305-yard emerald tapestry of woodland terrain and scenic waterways. A relatively short grassy monolith, the course compensates with dramatic elevation changes, sharp dogleg fairways on many holes, and binge-eating ball washers. Purely struck drives bisect the picturesque Bermuda grass of winding fairways, while slick bentgrass awaits putters on boldly contoured greens. On the back nine, players bite their 9-irons in inner conflict and consider the ambivalent presence of Lake Kilby, which provides aesthetically pleasing vistas while simultaneously threatening to terminate the existence of wayward orbs. Those opting for the six-month membership receive unlimited rounds of golf, provided they pay the mandatory $15 cart fee for each round.
As the annual host of the Eastern Amateur Golf Championship since 1957, Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club's championship course has attracted some of the country's greatest players on their journey to the PGA Tour. As golfers traverse each hole from tee to green, they can imagine themselves tracing the footsteps of Ben Crenshaw and Curtis Strange, both of whom played in the Eastern Amateur before illustrious PGA careers, during which they won a combined four major victories without ever corking a driver. Today, the 6,642-yard, par-70 course still hugs the Elizabeth River, utilizing the natural landscape with a challenging layout originally envisioned by course designer Dick Wilson in 1948. The course also benefits from more recent refurbishments that made the greens and bermuda-grass fairways more resilient.
A private establishment, Elizabeth Manor Golf & Country Club complements its golf course with a six-court tennis complex and an Olympic-size, outdoor swimming pool. The club also boasts two restaurants with two patios, where guests can enjoy views of the Elizabeth River and attempt to count the leaves on every tree in the vicinity.
Famed course architect Tom Doak may be the mastermind behind Riverfront Golf Club's 18-hole layout, but Mother Nature should be credited with an assist. Tom took full advantage of the existing topography when shaping each meticulously crafted fairway and green, sculpting a layout that utilizes natural features, including tidal marshes, knee-high native grasses, and ancient pines, oaks, and sycamores. The Nansemond and James Rivers come into play on 14 holes, forcing golfers to face the omnipresent threat of a lost ball and an extra stroke or a ship full of club-stealing pirates. Though the landscape showcases a daunting supply of treacherous hazards, the course offers relatively wide fairways, offering large landing zones for tee shots and aerial caddies flying in mid-round to help read putts on large, undulating greens.