Whether you need a racket restrung in the pro shop or want to hear stories about the time he taught an up-and-coming Maria Sharapova, Glastonbury Tennis Club director Jim Melesko happily consults with visitors on all aspects of the game. Jim oversees the club's six championship courts, where he and his fellow professional teachers coach kids and adults alike. Their lessons cover game basics to tournament techniques, preparing students for both casual and USTA team matches. Spectators can observe practicing players from an observation deck in the lounge, which is equipped with daycare centers and free WiFi.
Climbers cling to carefully placed hand grips, strategizing their way up the side of the rock-like cliff. They have come to conquer the indoor mountains rising up inside Central Rock Gym's four indoor facilities, which are spread throughout New England. At each, experts guide novice climbers through introductory classes or supervise more seasoned members scaling the walls' highest heights.
Memberships unlock access to all four facilities, gear for the first month, and the use of exercise equipment and weights. In addition to climbing and conditioning, members can also take advantage of fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates. Each gym also welcomes non-members, whether they're trying things out with a day pass or interested in events including birthday parties, summer camps, and corporate team-building breakouts.
Instructors at Frank Corbo’s aren't satisfied with simply imparting martial-arts techniques to the kids, teens, and adults they take under their professionally trained wings. In addition to teaching proper form, instructors aim to instill students with confidence, self-discipline, and tenacity that pupils can take with them when they leave the mirrored facility's blue mat. The studio belongs to Black Belt Schools International, which helps the staff stay updated on new techniques, teaching methods, nutritional science, and laundering techniques to ensure belt colors never fade. In addition to karate, the schedule includes classes on self-defense for adults and kids, fitness kickboxing, and mixed martial arts.
Despite its seemingly short length of 2,668 yards from the back tees, Minnechaug Golf Course keeps rounds interesting by packing a cornocopia of hazards into a 9-hole layout. Players confront an onslaught of elevation changes, dogleg turns, and trees that won’t respond to verbal commands throughout the par 35 course. And the degree of difficultry truly ramps up on the par 3 eighth, which invites players to unsheathe their 9-iron or pitching wedge, take stock of the prevailing winds, and send tee shots flying toward an island green that rests on the other side of a 126-yard water hazard.
A Hartford community staple since it was sculpted around the 1930s, Goodwin Park Golf Course peppers the countryside with 27 holes of various challenges. The main 18-hole, 6,015 yard course weaves among trees and gentle hills, offering three sets of tees for different handicaps, while a shorter 9-hole executive layout lets golfers squeeze in a round before their magic driver turns back into a useless tent pole.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Length of 6,015 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 68.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 119 from the farthest tees * Three tee options * Scorecard
At Keney Golf Course, players follow an emerald track chiseled into the heavily wooded terrain of the 694-acre Keney Park. Devereaux Emmet and Alfred M. Tull unveiled their course design in 1927, inviting golfers to challenge their skills on the 18-hole, 6,014-yard layout. Along the way, golfers encounter an intersecting stream, dense forest groves, and a cemetery that borders several holes, but none of the quicksand bunkers incorporated by the original architects.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 70 * Total length of 6,014 yards from the back tees * Rating of 68.1 from the back tees * Slope of 115 from the back tees * Three sets of tees