Rolling hills, towering pine trees, and burbling streams convene on Shaker Farms Country Club's 18-hole course as it gently rises and falls across 6,285 yards of bucolic terrain. Golfers must be mindful of a tranquil creek that runs in a wishbone pattern throughout the course, as its rippling waters—which come into play on eight holes—are often camouflaged by grassy banks and waterfowl that snack on errant golf balls. The distinct farmland layout conjures a sense of rustic antiquity, a characteristic furthered by the presence of a dilapidated farmhouse on the par 4 second hole. Clubbers hoping to gain control over runaway swings can warm up at the driving range or tap their spikes together three times to summon seasoned ace Keith Ornelas, who roams the club's verdant hillsides on a never-ending quest to vanquish mulligans once and for all. Alongside its verdant golf course, Shaker Farms boasts tennis courts and a versatile array of dining options.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-72 course
Length of 6,285 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 69.4 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 119 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
Link to scorecard
With decades of experience in jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip-hop dance to go with teaching certifications from Dance Masters of America, the instructors at All-Stars Dance Center help students glide and stomp through classes in a variety of styles. They work with students of all abilities, refining skills in age-appropriate subject areas such as boys’ hip-hop, tiny tots, and adult tap. Aside from the regular class schedule, special programs in competitive dance and musical-theater training afford committed dancers the opportunity to learn performance techniques such as jazz hands and the classical worm.
When they aren’t leading formal dance lessons, the studio’s instructors guide adults through Zumba and yoga workouts. All classes take place on the hardwood floors of a professional studio that features three air-conditioned dance rooms, a waiting room, and viewing windows through which tennis shoes gaze jealously at their sleeker counterparts.
There are few places as lively to hang out as the shady tables overlooking the water on Louie B's patio. That's because guests don't just sip drinks as they indulge in fresh seafood and a range of classic American dishes. The lake and the restaurant's dock offer plenty of activity, as do the regular events, ranging from poker nights and comedy shows to holiday parties and live performances.
Roots Gymnastics' safety-certified coaches, some of whom have competed internationally, use gymnastics as a tool to help children to grow physically, socially, and emotionally. They begin teaching boys and girls at age 12 months in Little Sprouts programs, which build coordination and balance. In recreational programs for ages 6–18, the instructors instill more advanced skills as kids catch some air on in-ground trampolines and foam pits. In addition to gymnastics, coaches instruct in areas such as free running, wrestling, and pommel-horse grooming. They also form competitive teams for a variety of different skill levels. Roots Gymnastics boasts 19,000 square feet packed with Olympic-quality equipment. The gym includes four in-ground trampolines, a rope swing, and two foam pits.
With three stories worth of ball pits, ropes, nets, and slides to explore, kids can spend hours playing and expending energy in the climate-controlled vastness of Big Adventures. In addition to play areas, kids will also find a wide variety of interactive video games, arcade games, carnival-style games, and a ticket redemption store where they can buy out all the bouncy balls. Party packages are also available to celebrate a kid's special day with pizzas, soda, pi?atas, and access to the whole facility. And because safety's important at Big Adventures, the 40,000 balls in the ball pit are sanitized twice a week, more than 30 security cameras monitor the facility, and there is a strict no-dragon policy, even if they went to obedience school.
A 1,000-foot road course challenges up to 10 kart drivers to navigate hairpin turns and race down straightaways at Pioneer Valley Indoor Karting. This indoor track is equipped with a timing system that records drivers? laps and a high-impact safety barrier to ensure racers stay within the confines of the course. Riders can take to the course and reach speeds of up to 25 m.p.h in the junior carts or 40 m.p.h. in the adult carts.