Tucked into a curve of the Huron River, Wesburn Golf & Country Club traces its roots back to 1910 and its layout to course architect Wesson Seyburn. Extensive renovations have launched the bluegrass fairways into the modern age, enabling contemporary golfers to putt on sculpted greens that have existed for over a century. Before teeing off, players can warm up at one of the driving range’s 20 hitting stations, and after penciling in their final score, they can head toward the stately brick clubhouse. Here, plaid carpeting and a fireplace paint a comforting atmosphere, and the dining room’s overhead beams provide a place for athletes to do pull-ups until they can bend their clubs into pretzels.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6.220 yards * Course rating of 68.8 * Slope rating of 129
The independently owned Community Bowling Centers accommodate bowlers of all ages and abilities, featuring bumper-equipped lanes and lightweight balls designed for the hands of pintsize players. At 10 smoke-free locations throughout the region, guests enjoy open hours in addition to league opportunities and special events. The onsite bar serves ice-cold cups of soda or beer, which guests may raise in toasts to friendship and man's ability to hydrate himself. On select evenings, the alley lights turn down and the ethereal illumination of Glow N Bowl takes over with laser-light shows and fog machines. As balls roll down phosphorescent lanes, a sound track of thumping beats and alien distress calls saturates the space.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Built in 1953 as the first rubberized asphalt track in the country, the hallowed quarter-mile of Flat Rock Speedway has accepted the burnt rubber of such racing greats as Michael Waltrip, Davey Allison, Iggy Katona, Eddie Sachs, and more. Stock car junkies can arrive as early as 4 p.m. before the 7 p.m. start and take advantage of Racing Fan Club Night, which allows younger fans to meet SpongeBob SquarePants. Once everybody buckles in and the engines warm up, fans can dig into the $1 hot dogs while following the action of three separate races. Cheer for your favorite sponsor as late models rip their engines around the perpetual left turns or watch as the figure 8s take handwriting practice to unnecessarily dangerous heights.
Wine and Canvas sends local artists to restaurants and comfortable bars to guide students through featured paintings from the studio's monthly calendar. As instructors offer step-by-step instructions, pupils mimic the motions of their brush to re-create scenes inspired by nature, Impressionist masters, and alcoholic libations themselves. After the night has ended, students carry their finished masterpieces home to hang proudly on their walls or avant-gardely on their fish tanks.
On December 9, 15, and 16, the Winter Wonderland festival will spread cheer throughout downtown Flat Rock, thanks to the efforts of grassroots organization Support Local Downriver. Crowds can peruse the wares of local vendors inside a heated tent at the First Congregational Church, pose for photo and video Christmas cards with Santa at Mr. Beans Treatery, or take a ride through town aboard a horse-drawn carriage.