• Orientation of the facilities and equipment • Unlimited access to tennis courts and fitness center (a $75 value) • No court fees (a $12–$20 value/hour) • Unlimited group fitness classes • 45-minute nutrition consultation with a dietitian (a $45 value) or a 60-minute tennis lesson (a $60 value) • The initiation fee (a $75 value) will be waived if the Groupon customer joins the gym after the 30-day membership expires.
As Tri State Self Defense's chief instructor, Joseph Merignac draws upon more than 6 years in the United States Marine Corps and more than 11 years in law enforcement, which included a stint as chief of police. His team of NRA-certified instructors all share similar law-enforcement and military backgrounds. In basic pistol classes the crew teaches students the rules of the range, gun-handling fundamentals, and how to shoot from various positions such as atop an asteroid. Instructors build upon pupils' basic pistol knowledge at NRA Personal Protection in the Home courses by demonstrating defensive shooting skills that the students then practice on the range. Along with their teaching sites in Michigan and several nearby states, the Tri State Self Defense team takes classes on the road for groups of 25 or more.
When describing his approach to designing a golf course, renowned course architect Donald Ross said "a golf course should be subtly deceptive, rather than unduly penalizing," a philosophy he put to work in 1908, when he crafted the 18-hole course at The Highlands Golf Club. Measuring 6,519 yards from the tips, the course offers a fair test for golfers across the handicap spectrum while still supplying enough challenges to attract legendary golfers such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Ben Hogan, who played the course when it was a fixture on the Senior PGA Tour. Strategically placed bunkers and fairway-hugging tree lines that cast shadows resembling golfers' fears loom throughout the course, but its most memorable challenge awaits at the 14th hole—a long par 5 that doglegs left and ends with a forced carry over a pond and onto the green.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole course designed by Donald Ross * Length of 6,519 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.5 from back tees * Slope rating of 133 from back tees * Five tee options * Scorecard
In 1929, the Wilson family sculpted nine golf holes into their fruit and dairy farm, weaving well-manicured holes among the orchards and appropriating an old farmhouse to serve as the first clubhouse. Today, after several clubhouse iterations, the family still owns the course, having overseen an expansion to two full 18-hole courses during its storied history. Water is featured prominently on both layouts and a diverse gathering of trees line the fairways, from low apple trees that bloom radiant white flowers in the springtime to towering pines vying for inclusion in Wilson family holiday photos.
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The Acorn Grille at Thousand Oaks Golf Club melds a variety of upscale dishes with wines and attentive service. The chefs and staff train their eyes on the details, whether manicuring platings or refining in-house recipes. Seafood options such as perch and scallops swim alongside aioli and pilaf, and pastas dress up veggies and proteins with bowties or tortellini pocket squares. Tender grilled or slow-cooked cuts of meat, including beef tenderloin and prime rib, incorporate robust ingredients including smoked gouda, garlic, and chipotle. The dining room sports high-gloss wooden tables, while the outdoor patio overlooks rolling acres of green hills, 100-year-old oak trees, and herds of golf balls that roam the 425-acre golf course.
Ever since the 1970s, when riders began taking to motocross dirt tracks with their bicycles, the specialists at Freewheeler Bike Shop have helped to fuel their passion. Their 30+ years of specialized service have earned the shop the title of Best Longstanding Business by Rapid Growth Media. In addition to building and servicing BMX bikes, the shop carries cycles and parts for various riding styles. Cruisers, mountain bikes, children's bikes, road bikes, and tandem cycles can be found throughout the shop, along with parts and accessories to keep riders safe. Their inventory includes lights, helmets, gloves, and cycle computers that keep track of speed, distance, and the bike's IQ.