The motto at Greenhouse Golf is "Golf 4 to 84," a reference to the 80-year age range that the indoor facility is designed to appeal to. Though it may seem like a bold business model, it's not hard to imagine multiple generations gathering in the sparkling new facility to enjoy multiple forms of golf. Golfers of all ages can perfect their swings in 10 golf simulators, each showcasing more than 50 digital courses, half of which are hole-by-hole recreations of famous links from across the world. Little clubbers can acquaint themselves with the art of putting and Bavarian yodeling in the alpine-themed, indoor miniature-golf course with rocky outcrops and faux fir trees.
The center maintains its broad appeal while still offering individual services: experienced instructors offer private lessons as well as clinics tailored to all age and ability levels. Greenhouse Golf's loft—a separate section with a kitchenette, seating for up to 120 people, and three 9'x17' screens that can access the Internet—boasts all of the amenities needed for a successful corporate meeting or a party honoring a recently retired golf cart.
The trainers at Odyssey Athletic Center know that a single approach to physical fitness is as boring as it is limiting. They bear certifications and degrees from a variety of disciplines, earning the recognition of workout guilds ranging from the Aerobic & Fitness Association of America and the World Instructor Training School to the American Council of Exercise. This knowledge of different exercise systems enables them to host 60 classes per week inside their 27,000-square-foot facility. Their scheduled Pilates sessions help students nurture lean muscle without bulk, and Zumba meetings melt away calories with fun dance steps set to a Latin beat. To ensure they stay informed on emerging fitness techniques, staff members attend continuing-education classes and hold weekly question-and-answer sessions with their dumbbells.
Crunch Fitness gyms collect expert staff members and advanced equipment to populate their four facilities, where members can approach fitness from multiple angles. They might drop in on a kickboxing class to toast calories with fast-paced jabs, or slow down with focused yoga stretches. Free weights complement cardio and strength machines for those who fear that treadmills might become sentient and stick to pratfall settings. Nutritional and childcare services balance out the exercise amenities at certain locations, and personal trainers readily craft custom workout programs during one-on-one sessions.
Restored and re-covered Brunswick Gold Crown tables wait at Pool Time Billiards Club. Players can grab cues and line up perfect bank shots with their own refreshments in tow, which the Club will gladly keep chilled. An internet jukebox, large-screen television, and a sampling of video games keep entertainment levels up during post-game breaks. Additionally, Pool Time Billiards Club hosts weekly leagues for those seeking a little competitive glory.
CKO Kickboxing founder Joseph Andreula's knowledge of exercise goes beyond creating effective workouts. It also helps guide the Fitness Standards Council, a nonprofit advisory panel of doctors and certified personal trainers, and provides the basis for the articles he’s published in Exercise for Men, Men's Health, and _Men's Fitness Magazine. But his true passion lies in the innovative fitness classes he created at CKO Kickboxing gyms. Since 1997, these gyms have housed Andreula’s exercise classes, which use basic kickboxing techniques to lead students toward powerful strength and greater endurance. In contrast to other kickboxing routines that have participants kick the air or invisible schoolyard bullies, students in CKO Kickboxing sessions strike hanging heavy bags to help them tone more muscle and burn up to 1,200 calories in a single class.