World-renowned course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. dreamed up the challenging layout of Mariners Landing Golf’s 18-hole, par 72 course, where players putt on bermuda grass under the watchful eye of verdant mountains. Golfers shake their Magic 8 balls to decide among five sets of tee boxes before they play through the sand trap- and pond-studded fairways, which wind through residential areas. Players can also practice swings at the driving range’s 12 hitting stations or rehearse chipping and putting on the practice green. The course’s golf professional and an assistant golf professional instruct students in the proper way to thrust and parry during a golf-club duel, and the Dew-Sweepers pro shop outfits swingers with Titleist and Nike equipment. After facing down the fairways, golfers can relax in the clubhouse restaurant with a burger and fries.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Length of 7,155 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 74.2 from the farthest set of tees
Slope rating of 130 from the farthest set of tees
Five tee options
Dr. Darlene Nigro, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and former chief medical resident at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey, founded Bedford Medical with the vision of modernizing traditional family doctors. For nearly 20 years, the clinic has worked toward that mission by building relationships with patients and learning their medical history in order to recommend the most appropriate services. Clients and practitioners work together to beat back or preempt the pernicious armies of infirmity, including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and skin cancer. Dr. Nigro also enhances exteriors with aesthetic procedures, including laser hair removal, Botox, and sclerotherapy and laser treatments that eradicate spider veins that embarrass patrons with their poorly acted productions of Charlotte's Web.
Helen Maxwell, owner of Bedford Yoga Center, has been practicing yoga for more than 17 years. As a registered yoga teacher, she helps her students strengthen their bodies, develop coordination, and cultivate self-awareness during private and group classes. In addition to certifications in Vinyasa flow, yin, therapeutic, and restorative yoga, Helen also has a degree from Duke Integrative Medicine and cultivates good karma by offering free gentle-chair yoga to cancer patients and their caregivers.
When Helen isn't teaching adults, she puts her ChildLight Yoga certification to good use during her children's yoga classes. These whimsical sessions incorporate storytelling, games, music, and art to foster personal growth, connectedness, and peace.
From the racks of kettlebells and iron-laden Cybex machines in the weight room to the sleek stationary bikes and treadmills in the cardio area, Lifestyle Fitness has the programs and equipment to meet the needs of every type of exerciser. Certified personal trainers also guide members through one-on-one or couples training sessions, designed to enhance general athletic performance, kick weight loss into gear, or keep students one step ahead of the city’s wild dogs. Meanwhile, music streams forth from the fitness studio, where groups engross themselves in the steps and slides of Zumba fitness, or mellow out during yoga sessions.
When it comes to getting physically fit, the owner and fitness coach at Body Evolution Wellness goes beyond the basics. Boasting eight years of experience and a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology, they believe that one-on-one personal training not only deals with setting and working toward fitness goals but also includes grocery-store walk-throughs and a complete nutrition overview. In semiprivate training, small groups of two or three help motivate each other as each person works toward individualized fitness goals. Boot-camp sessions are also available.
Dan Hague is something of an expert on the sport of rock climbing. He even co-authored a book on the subject, The Self-Coached Climber, that lays out how amateur climbers can improve their skills on their own. Of course, if beginners and intermediate climbers want some help learning the ropes, he's more than happy to offer his expert guidance to them as well at his own facility, Rise Up Climbing. The 6,000-square-foot space houses roped climbing and bouldering walls that tower as high as 40 feet in certain spots. Lest beginners shake in their harnesses at the sight of the towering wall, the half-hour Basic Skills course teaches small groups the fundamentals of climbing, such as how to properly don a harness, belay for a partner, and talk trash to a conquered route.