The 18 holes of Eagle Point Golf Club wind around tall forest groves and water hazards that come into play on six holes. Playing to a par of 71, the course requires golfers to steel their nerves as they size up their golf balls on the bermuda-grass fairways and execute a few key shots. These include the approach into a sand-surrounded green on the 7th hole and the tee shot entirely over water on the par 3 15th—as well as the final putt on the 18th hole, without which the round would never end.
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The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer’s good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
Auburn and Alabama gear fills Campus Spirit's local shops, flooding the racks and shelves with hues of crimson, burnt orange, and navy blue. The Campus Spirit team helps keep fans ready throughout the year with merchandise celebrating the Auburn Tigers—who won the National Football Championships in 1957 and 2010—and the Alabama Crimson Tide—who began their strong-playing history in 1892 by winning 56–0 in their very first game. The schools' logos can be found throughout the store on tailgating gear, clothing, and even housewares such as oven mitts to wear when baking homemade footballs. Campus Spirit carries Auburn and Alabama gear at locations in The Summit in Vestavia and the Alabaster Colonial Promenade—two open-air shopping centers with merchants including Banana Republic, GapKids, LongHorn Steakhouse, Target, and Starbucks.
Youngsters who have outgrown their gear and adults picking up a new sport can outfit themselves with selections from Play it Again Sports, the largest sporting-goods resale franchise in North America. In its stores, brand-name equipment—from popular makers such as Adidas, Nike, and Wilson—shines in displays alongside gently used wares. This gear helps equip competitive athletes playing sports such as soccer and golf as well as noncompetitive sportspeople who just want to fill golf carts with soccer balls for fun. Patrons can also trade in or sell their equipment, provided that it is still in working condition, and put that money toward new gear.
After working for decades as a successful oil executive, National Senior Games gold medalist Homer Brown decided to shift gears, opening BumperNets in 1999 to promote his beloved sport of table tennis to the masses. Nestled within the Riverchase Galleria Mall, Brown’s well-stocked, interactive emporium lets visitors hone their ping-pong or pool skills under the tutelage of a trained professional, or master the finer points of team management at the foosball table. Homer and his knowledgeable staff help guests deck game rooms in felt-clad pool tables, glittering pinball machines, and skee-ball alleys for rental or purchase, and can assist with onsite assembly.
Since 1972, Homewood Sporting Goods has outfitted fans and athletes alike with quality athletic merchandise and accessories for players and fans. Stocked with trappings for all seasons, the apparel emporium lines its racks with duds for a variety of sports including baseball, football, soccer, swimming, Frogger, wrestling, and many more. Gender-specific gear protects body branches from the elements in the form of women's running shirts ($30) and capri pants ($45) or men's running shorts ($39.99). Alternatively, colorful team apparel proclaims diehard allegiance, freeing fans from having to graft foam fingers onto disappointingly neutral human fingers. Auburn University adult jerseys ($69.95) adorn wearers in the school's navy-blue tones, and University of Alabama long sleeve T-shirts ($22) proudly cover the arms of game-goers and scarecrows employed to protect napping mascots.