Best Of 2010

Recreation 

Reader's Picks


03.17.10


Best Bike Shop

Marin

Mike's Bikes

836 Fourth St., San Rafael. 415.454.3747.

1 Gate 6 Road, Sausalito. 415.332.3200.

Napa

Calistoga Bike Shop

1318 Lincoln Ave., Calistoga. 866.942.2453.

Sonoma

First Place Tie

The Bike Peddler

605 College Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.571.2428.

NorCal Bike Sport

425 College Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.573.0112.

Honorable Mention

West County Revolution Bike Shop

6731 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol.

707.829.2192.


Best Independent Bike Frame Builder

Marin

Otis Guy Cycles

115 Ridge Road, Fairfax. 415.250.2585.

Napa

Curtis Inglis, Retrotec

www.ingliscycles.com

Sonoma

Sycip Bicycles

www.sycip.com

Honorable Mention

Bruce Gordon Cycles

www.bgcycles.com


Best Gym

Marin

Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael.

415.444.8000.

Napa

Fitness First

1339 Gerard St., Calistoga.

707.492.5275.

Sonoma

Coaches Corner

420 Morris St., Sebastopol.

707.829.5180.

Honorable Mention

Stan Bennett's Health & Fitness

760 Montecito Center, Santa Rosa.

707.537.6796.

3345 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.579.9500.

3033 Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa.

707.578.7406.


Best Health Club

Marin

Bay Club Marin

220 Corte Madera Town Center,

Corte Madera. 415.945.3000.

Napa

Synergy

3421 Villa Lane, Napa. 707.251.1395.

Sonoma

Airport Health Club

432 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa.

707.528.2582.

Honorable Mention

Parkpoint Health Club

1200 N. Dutton Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.578.1640.

19111 Sonoma Hwy., Sonoma.

707.996.3111.

195 Foss Circle, Healdsburg.

707.385.2500.


Best Pilates Studio

Marin

Fit First Pilates

21 Tamal Vista Blvd., Ste. 162,

Corte Madera. 415.264.2157.

Napa

Downtown Pilates

1338 Pearl St., Napa.

707.257.7382.

Sonoma

Tone

850-A Fourth St., Santa Rosa.

707.526.3100.

Honorable Mention

Pilates Collective

132 Weeks Way, Sebastopol. 707.829.8746.


Best Yoga Studio

Marin

Bikram Yoga San Rafael

1295 Second St., Ste. 201, San Rafael.

415.453.9642.

Napa

Ubuntu Yoga Studio

1140 Main St., Napa. 707.251.5656.

Sonoma

Bikram College of India

522 Wilson St., Santa Rosa.

707.545.9642.

Honorable Mention Tie

BodyWorks Yoga

490 Second St., Petaluma. 707.769.9933.

three dog yoga

2097 Stagecoach Road, Santa Rosa.

707.528.1071.


Best Martial Arts School

Marin

MarinMMA

222 Greenfield Ave., San Anselmo.

415.456.1557.

Napa

Red Dragon Karate

2000 W. Pueblo Ave., Napa. 707.255.5470.

Sonoma

Aikido New School

880 Piner Road, Santa Rosa.

707.571.2013.

Honorable Mention Tie

Segal's ATA Black Belt Academy

1416 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.568.4321.

Hauth's Taekwondo

8465 Old Redwood Hwy., Ste. 230, Windsor. 707.838.3644.


Best Outdoor Gear Shop

Marin

Demo Sport

1101 E. Francisco Blvd., San Rafael.

415.454.3500.

Napa

Napa River Velo

680 Main St., Napa. 707.258.8729.

Sonoma

Sonoma Outfitters

145 Third St., Santa Rosa.

707.528.1920.

Honorable Mention

Clavey Paddlesports

409 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma.

707.766.8070.


Best Park

Marin

Peacock Gap Neighborhood Park

Woodrose Court, San Rafael.

Napa

Bothe Park

3801 St. Helena Hwy. N., Calistoga.

707.942.4575.

Sonoma

Howarth Park

630 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa.

707.543.3282.

Honorable Mention

Ragle Park

500 Ragel Ranch Park Road, Sebastopol. 707.823.7262.


Best Public Golf Course

Marin

San Geronimo Golf Course

5800 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.,

San Geronimo. 415.488.4030.

Napa

Chardonnay Golf Club

2555 Jamieson Canyon Road, Napa.

707.257.1900.

Sonoma

Bennett Valley Golf Course

3330 Yulupa Ave., Santa Rosa.

707.528.3673.

Honorable Mention

Rooster Run Golf Course

2301 E. Washington St., Petaluma.

707.778.1211.


Best Snow / Skate / Board Shop

Marin

Battens & Boards

2640 Northgate Mall, San Rafael.

415.479.0103.

Napa

BoardGarden

2740 Jefferson St., Napa.

707.253.7949.

Sonoma

Brotherhood Revolution Board Shop

www.revoskate.com

www.brotherboard.com

Honorable Mention

Santa Rosa Ski & Sport

1125 W. Steele Lane, Santa Rosa.

707.578.4754.


Best Surf Shop

Marin

Battens & Boards

2640 Northgate Mall, San Rafael.

415.479.0103.

Napa

Snowdrift

3090 Jefferson St., Napa.

707.255.3509.

Sonoma

Northern Light Surf Shop

17191 Bodega Hwy., Bodega Bay.

707.876.3032.

Honorable Mention

Brotherhood Revolution Board Shop

www.revoskate.com

www.brotherboard.com


Best Public Fore PLay

What makes Bennett Valley Golf Course your pick for best Sonoma County public golf course? It's simple. In a sport that's often seen as exclusive and stuffy, Bennett Valley is for the people. It's not a hacker's course, but neither is it an imposing, challenging beast. Like every good municipal course, Bennett Valley accommodates golfers of all ages and ability levels.

Now in its 40th year, Bennett Valley has been home to memories both good and bad. For every tournament win, hole-in-one or quick smile from longtime manager John Flachman, regulars also remember all too well the flat greens, modest little pro shop and flooded fairways of yesteryear.

But Bennett Valley wasn't abandoned to Tin Cup&–like erosion. The front and back nine switched places. The greens were redone, adding more slope. The drainage was improved, the parking lot expanded. And the crown jewel is the recent rebuilding of a new pro shop and bar, which added a full restaurant and banquet facility where once there was just a tiny snack bar. With Bob Borowicz now at the helm, and with the oak- and eucalyptus-dotted fairways looking better than ever, Bennett Valley Golf Course—like Nicklaus at the 1986 Masters—has officially come out of hibernation.—G.M.





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