The nine-hole course at Copper Hill Golf Club is designed to welcome beginners while still challenging advanced golfers, an egalitarian approach that earned it the 2012 Walter Lowell Award for Public Service from the Connecticut Section PGA. Having founded the Golf Academy in 1994 and taken full control of the club in 2010, two-decade PGA pro Paul Banks runs the outfit as a welcoming environment where golfers can both enjoy the game and improve. In line with its emphasis on introducing the game to new players, Copper Hill hosts an extensive youth program, training up duffers as young as 5. Its extensive practice area comprises a 3,500-square-foot pitching and chipping green along with a four-tier driving range, where up to 32 club swingers can hone drives, approaches, and putter-juggling acts on grass tees.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 36 course * Total length of 3,039 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
At each bowling center, balls hurtle down smooth, polished lanes as LCD screens keep track of scores and shimmering party lights illuminate the faces of determined bowlers. After lacing up some slide-enabling shoes and clearing the gutters of deciduous pins, bowlers set their sights on toppling 10-pin clusters. Carpets bedecked with psychedelic swirls lead to shelves stocked with neon-colored balls, which proffer their pin-busting talents to bowlers of various sizes. Fingers can warm up by mashing buttons in an arcade full of entrancing video games or bench-pressing french fries at the onsite grill and pub.
Gun-training options include an NRA basic pistol-shooting course, a state pistol-permit class, a women's-only session, and firearms-free self defense. Sgt. Foster himself also works with people during one-on-one lessons.
At both indoor and outdoor ranges, Sgt. Foster and his fellow instructors work with clients in firearms from handguns to military-grade rifles.
A distinguished marksman for the US Marine Corps who trained his fellow Marines in pistol and rifle shooting, Sergeant Matt Foster now helms a team of coed firearms instructors. The instructors rely on a TPI training method?an acronym for Total Participant Involvement?that emphasizes one-on-training and encourages students to go at their own pace to maximize skill retention.
In September 2010, a trio of beer-brewing buds joined forces to form Broad Brook Brewing Company. By February of the next year, their ales and lagers had netted ribbons at several regional and national contests. By July, the team was already dreaming up its own taproom. These days, that taproom hosts rotating drafts of year-round, seasonal, and specialty beers, ranging from IPAs made with seven hop varieties to imperial ales brewed with local honey. A menu highlights nearby restaurants that deliver grub, and tours showcase the 15-barrel system that yields each of the microbrewery?s batches. For patrons that can?t stick around, bartenders fill growlers with to-go brews, a less sticky alternative to pouring beer into your cupped hands.
Paint Social Art combines the fun of drinking and conversing with friends with the opportunity to learn a little bit about painting. Lead artist chooses a single example painting for each class. After providing guests with all the necessary supplies, they break down how to recreate the image step by step. Guests can drink and snack as they work, since classes are generally held in local restaurants and bars. At the end of class, guests take home their own finished painting, earning an impressive 16"x20" piece of art ready for proud display.