Normally, tree houses are hideaways where kids can relax with a comic book, hang out with friends, or pretend they didn’t hear their mothers assigning them chores. At Splat Action Paintball Park, however, they're a refuge from incoming pellets fired from semi-automatic paintball guns, not to mention a safe space to strategize next moves. The same goes for the bunkers, foxholes, and towers also populating the park's 47 wooded acres, which boast 15 playing fields speckled with streams, trails, and trees.
Teams comprised of players aged 10 and up clash on these fields under the supervision of veteran referees, participating in frequent scenario games or weekend walk-on games. Target ranges help sharpen each player's shot before games begin, and a covered picnic area accommodates spectators who are admitted into the park for free.
Blanketed in wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky High Sports delights barefoot fun-seekers with springy terrain and an exclusive court for jumpers 8 and younger. Guests can grab hold of a rope swing and fling themselves over a foam pit stuffed with blocks of spongy, body-molding material, or try some trampoline-assisted dunks on one of the basketball hoops. Pintsize aerialist posses can safely practice their synchronized Salchows on 360 degrees of trampoline walls while court supervisors watch from the sidelines and award hard-earned praise with oversize scorecards.
Sky High Sports also offers AIRobics fitness classes and monthly dodge-ball tournaments to help jumpers explore the outermost stratospheres of trampoline possibilities.
Old-growth douglas firs, wetlands, and 43 bunkers populate Stone Creek Golf Club's award-winning, par 72 layout designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy. The 165-acre course’s front nine holes are straighter laced, and the back nine’s tree-lined fairways of fescue grass challenge swingers with elevation changes and distractingly beautiful views of Mount Hood, the same "Hood" made popular in mainstream rap music. Players can hone their aim at the hitting stations of extensive practice greens, which include a full swing area with target greens at a variety of distances, before returning to face hole nine's six sand traps.
After sending dozens of dimpled balls soaring through the air, golfers can pop in at the Stone Creek Deli for a hot dog and foamy swigs of beer. Links magazine named Stone Creek Golf Club a Top 10 Green Course for using pesticides sparingly and only irrigating stretches of grass currently in use, inviting ground-nesting birds to build their two-story colonial mansions in the fallow areas.
Course at a Glance
18-hole, par 72 course
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Length of 6,873 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 72.4
Slope rating of 125 on fescue grass
6,000 yards of practice greens
The XGolf simulator at BirdieFinish Golf virtually transports players to 93 golf courses worldwide, where they can play and practice while enjoying the comfort of the indoors. The apparatus faithfully re-creates playing conditions at the chosen course, even adjusting the hitting surface to mimic lie angles, and improves upon them by canceling out the possibility of rain, excessive heat, and pelicans that perpetually hum "Happy Birthday to You" in a mocking tone. When not whisking foursomes off to imitations of exotic international courses, the simulator can also be used for club fitting and lessons under the expert guidance of golf coach Jari Hakonen. Repair services are also available for clubs that refuse to play on anything other than tangible courses.
With floors, tables, and trim made of rugged wooden planks, Alpine Outfitters feels like a far-flung mountaintop ski lodge. In fact, like the selection of outdoor gear inside, the decor was designed with an eye toward the local landscape: the Lake Oswego Review reported that the woodworking at the front of the store was shaped entirely from boards reclaimed from a century-old barn near Albany. The specialty shop helps adventurous clients thrive away from civilization with a wide selection of outdoor apparel and equipment for backpacking, skiing, camping, and subzero yodeling. Campers can stock up on everything from hiking boots to sunglasses to sleeping bags, all from trusted trekking brands such as Merrell and Patagonia.
Tall nets surround Sunset Golf Center’s driving range, their forgiving springiness easing wayward balls back toward the range's lush green. Here, golfers launch balls from the center’s 50 practice stalls, more than half of which are sheltered from the elements. Artificial-grass mats carpet each stall with blades soft enough to mimic real fairways but short enough to avoid attracting artificial cows, and across the grounds, a stone Statue of Liberty oversees play atop the 18-hole miniature-golf course. From his post at the center, golf instructor Sandy Sutherland helps both juniors and adults to hone their links prowess.