The Peninsula offers many opportunities for cycling enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy group rides, solo jaunts or competitions, Hampton Roads has many opportunities.
Courses and trailways in the Tidewater region tend to be flat but are often scenic, offering meadow views and woodlands.
Many trails and courses are open to riders of all experience levels, and there are organizations to help find a ride that's right for you.
Peninsula Bicycling Association. Group rides several times a week throughout the Peninsula. P.O. Box 12115, Newport News, 23612-2115. Contact the group at StealthTDI@spamarrest.com and include PBA in the subject line. pbabicycling.org
Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. Group rides several times per week year-round, mostly in Williamsburg. Coordinates Bike Month during May. P.O. Box 2222, Williamsburg, 23187-2222. wabonline.org
Eastern Virginia Mountain Biking Association. Group often rides at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg, Freedom Park and York River State Park, among other places. Jim Irby, firstname.lastname@example.org. evma.org
Hit the links. Golf is a favorite pastime in Hampton Roads. The PGA and LPGA have made stops at the area's courses, some of which were designed by legendary golfers.
Fees can vary widely by season, day (even time of day), age, whether you're walking or riding and other factors. Call ahead for tee times and prices.
Bide-A-Wee Golf Course. Public. Rates vary by season. 1 Bide-A-Wee Lane, Portsmouth. 393-8600. portsvagolf.com.
Colonial Heritage Club, Williamsburg. Private. Rates vary by season, tee time. 645-2030. colonialheritageclub.com
Cypress Creek Golfers' Club. Given a 41/2-star rating by Golf Digest. Designed by local golf legend Curtis Strange. Semiprivate. Rates vary by season, tee time. 600 Cypress Creek Parkway, off Route 10 Bypass in Smithfield. 365-4774. cypresscreekgolfersclub.com.
Deer Cove Golf Course. Civilians, $10 (9 holes open) daily, $15 for 18 holes.Carts $7 for 9 holes, $11 for 18 holes. Need to be able to get on base. Cheatham Annex Naval Supply Center, at the end of Route 199 at Colonial Parkway in York County. 887-6539.
Eaglewood Golf Course. For military, Department of Defense employees, dependents and guests. Raptor course open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. during the summer, also has a driving range. Military $10-$36 weekday depending on time of day, whether cart is included, civilian guests $10-$47 weekday, depending on time of day, whether cart is included. Langley Air Force Base. 764-4547.
Ford's Colony. Semiprivate. Various levels of membership available, and courses are also open to nonmembers. 54 holes (Marsh Hawk, Blackheath and Blue Heron courses). 240 Ford's Colony Drive, Williamsburg. 258-4100. fordscolonycc.com.
Gloucester Country Club. 18 holes. $11-14 weekends and $10-13 weekdays; $9 twilight rate. An additional $7 charge for carts per person for nine holes, $14 for 18 holes. Golf Club Road, off Route 17, Gloucester. 804-693-2662.
Golden Horseshoe Golf Club. Hosted the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Championship. . Contact the golf club about membership rates. 401 South England St., Williamsburg. 220-7696. http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/do/wellness-and-recreation/golf/
The Hamptons. 27 holes: Woods nine, Lakes nine, Links nine. 18 holes, $19 weekdays; $21 on weekends, with cart fee $10.60. Golf lessons available with PGA pro Gary Anderson. 320 Butler Farm Road, Hampton. 766-9148. hampton.gov/index.aspx?NID=335
Heath Tres Golf Course. Nine-hole lighted course. Each hole is par-3. $8 for 9 or 18 holes. North Park Lane off Big Bethel Road, Hampton. Owner: Skeeter Heath. 766-7550.
Honey Bee Golf Club. Public. Rates range between $26.35 - $36.85 weekdays, $31.60-$45.25 weekends and holidays. Prices include tax and cart. Discounts for seniors and military on weekdays. 2500 S. Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach. 471-2768.
Kiln Creek Golf and Country Club. Semiprivate. 18 holes $43 before 1 p.m., $39 after 1 p.m. weekends; $33 before 1 p.m. weekdays, $29 after 1 p.m. Includes cart. 1003 Brick Kiln Blvd., Newport News, 23602. 988-3220. kilncreekgolf.com
Kingsmill Golf Club. Private. Must be a member or resort guest to play. Championship courses designed by Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer, Tom Clark and Curtis Strange. River Course, Plantation Course, Woods Course. Rates vary by season, tee time. 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, 23185. 253-3906. kingsmill.com/golf
Kiskiack Golf Club. Semiprivate. $38-$68, depending on day, tee time, lower rates for members and guests. Nine-hole games offered. 8104 Club Drive, Williamsburg , just off the Croaker exit on I-64. 566-2200. http://www.kiskiackgc.com/golf
Lambert's Point. Nine holes.
Mon.-Thurs. $21 with cart, $18 without cart. 18 holes-open to 1 p.m. $28, 1 p.m. to close $24, all you can play $26. Cart included. Fri.-Sun. and holidays, 18 holes, open to 1 p.m. $35, 1 p.m. to close $28 . Located at Old Dominion University. 489-1677.
Links at City Park. Nine holes, $10. Carts $6 extra. City Park Avenue, Portsmouth City Park. 465-1500.
Nansemond River Golf Club. $35 for 18 holes weekdays before noon, $29 after noon. Senior discount available on weekdays.$44 for 18 holes on weekends before noon, $39 after noon. All rates include cart. 1000 Hillpoint Blvd. Suffolk. 539-4356. nansemondrivergolfclub.com
Newport News Golf Club. Deer Run and Cardinal Championship courses Fees vary by course and time of day. 901 Clubhouse Way, Newport News. 886-7925. nngolfclub.com
Ocean View Golf Course. Ocean View Golf Course. Public. $28 on weekdays before 9 a.m., $36 9-11 a.m. $26 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; $43 on weekends until 11 a.m., $32 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. Twilight $23 on weekdays and $26 on weekends and holidays. 9610 Norfolk Ave., Norfolk. 480-2094. Visit oceanviewgc.com for full rate information.
Piankatank River Golf Club. Semiprivate. $36 on weekdays, $49 on the weekends. 6198 Stormont Road , Hartsfield in Middlesex County. 804-776-6516. piankatankrivergolf.com
Pines Golf Course. 27 holes. Weekdays 9 holes, $17 for 9 holes before noon, $31 for 18 holes. Weekends $18 for 9 holes, $33 for 18 holes. Carts $10 for 9 holes, $15 for 18 holes. Guests $31 Weekdays, $33 Weekends. Fort Eustis, Newport News. 878-2252. http://new.jbleforcesupport.com/the-pines-golf-course/
Riverfront Golf Club. $49.50-59.50 weekdays; $59.50-$69.50 on weekends. Lower rates available to Virginia residents and active duty military. 5200 River Club Drive, Suffolk. 484-2200. riverfrontgolf.com.
Sewells Point Golf Course. Monday 8 am active, 10 reirted, civilian no tee time Call Mondays at 8 a.m. for weekend tee times for active military, Mondays at 10 a.m. retired. Weekday rates 9 holes $10, 18 holes for $18 for military. Carts available for additional fee. Civilians $39 for 18 holes all week. Rate includes cart. Military course at Norfolk Naval Station. 444-5572.
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The Club at Viniterra. Designed by Rees Jones and open to the public. Call for pricing and to schedule tee times. 8400 Old Church Road, New Kent. 804-932-3888. Viniterra.com
Tradition Golf Club at Royal New Kent. Semi-private. Rates vary by day, tee time, includes cart. Memberships available. Interstate 64 to exit 214, Route 155, New Kent County. 804-966-7023. http://www.royalnewkent.com
Tradition Golf Club at Stonehouse. Semi-private. Rates vary by day, tee time, includes cart. Memberships available. Take I-64 to exit 227, take 30 North and the course is about a half-mile on your right, in James City. 9700 Mill Pond Run, Toano. 566-1138.
Sleepy Hole Golf Course. Public. Regular rates $25-$53. Ranks No. 8 on Golf Digest's list of most affordable public courses in the country. 4700 Sleepy Hole Road, Suffolk. 538-4100. http://www.sleepyholegolfcourse.com.
Suffolk Golf Course. Public. Rates vary by day, tee time. Most rates include cart. 1227 Holland Road, Suffolk. 539-6298.
Virginia Beach National. Adult nonmember daily fees $45-75, starting April 1. Rates include green and cart fees. Memberships available. Pete Dye and Curtis Strange designed the course, formerly known as the TPC of Virginia Beach. 2500 Tournament Drive, Virginia Beach. 563-9440. vbnational.com
Williamsburg National. Rates vary by day, season. Two courses. Designed by Tom Clark. 3700 Centerville Road, Williamsburg. 258-9642 wngc.com
The Woodlands Golf Course. Public. $17 for 18 holes on weekdays. 18 holes for $19 weekends. Cart not included. 9 Woodland Road, Hampton. 727-1195. thewoodlandsva.com.
Public hunting areas in Hampton Roads.
Chickahominy WMA. Hunting opportunities on the Chickahominy Wildlife Management Area include those for deer, turkey, squirrel, rabbit, dove and waterfowl. Agricultural crops beneficial to wildlife are planted annually. Whitetail deer are abundant. Turkeys use the area extensively, and squirrels are plentiful in most years. Open areas and woodland "edges" sustain fair quail and rabbit populations. Ducks are common and use the beaver ponds and tidal waters adjacent to the property. Waterfowl are hunted primarily by floating blinds, with hunters being allowed access on a first-come basis. Stationary blinds are not allowed. 12510 Eagles Nest Road, Charles City. The area can be approached from U.S. Route 60 at Providence Forge by taking state Highway 155 south, then left onto Route 614, left on 615 and bear right onto 623.
Hog Island WMA. Hunting with a gun on the Hog Island Tract is allowed for waterfowl only on a strictly controlled basis. Department-constructed blinds accommodate three hunters each. These are available to hunters selected by a drawing in mid-October. Applications can be made through the agency quota hunt system. Hunting on the Carlisle Tract is open to the general public under general regulations or as posted. Here, there is the opportunity to bag deer, dove, quail, squirrel, rabbit and turkey. 7938 Hog Island Road, Surry. The area is accessed from state Route 10, between the towns of Surry and Smithfield, north via Routes 650 or 617.
Dismal Swamp Tract of Cavalier WMA.
Hunting on the Dismal Swamp tract is with archery tackle only. Firearms are not permitted but are allowed on the 3,800 acre main tract of Cavalier WMA about six miles southeast. Long bows, recurve bows, compound bows and crossbows are all permitted. Archery tackle may be used to take any legal species in season. Hunters are not required to have a lottery hunt authorization to hunt the Dismal Swamp tract. A quota hunt reservation is still required during the general deer firearms season on the main Cavalier tract. 51427 George Washington Hwy S, Chesapeake. Take Route 17 south to Ballahack Road. Go left on Ballahack for 1.5 miles, and the entrance to Cavalier WMA is on the right.
Ragged Island WMA. There is the opportunity to hunt deer in the pine islands and other high ground. Other upland game animals on the area are raccoon, rabbit, fox and squirrel. Waterfowl are hunted by jump-shooting the ponds and creeks, and from licensed blinds on the wider creeks or the James River. Black ducks, mallards, scaup, gadwall, ruddy ducks, buffleheads and goldeneyes often use the area. Clapper rails can be found in the marshes. The area is bisected by U.S. Routes 17 and 258, and state Route 32, southwest of Newport News and Hampton at the southern end of the James River Bridge.
Hampton Roads has a variety of health and fitness clubs, each with different resources. Most offer group classes, and if there is a pool, often the club will have swim lessons.
Crunch. . Located on 12255 Hornsby Lane, across from Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News, this club has a variety of free weight and cardiovascular machines and tanning equipment. Members get one free personal training session, with addtional sessions available for an extra fee. The gym offers two levels of membership, with group exercise classes available with peak membership. For membership costs and more information, call 249-1315.
Curves For Women. With locations in Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Williamsburg and Carrollton, these facilities specialize in 30-minute workouts, three times a week, consisting of strength training and aerobics. For phone numbers, visit curvesinternational.com/locations.
One Life Fitness. Located at 815 Middle Ground Blvd. and 11805 Fountain Way in Newport News, some of the amenities include racquetball and basketball courts and a theater that has cardio equipment instead of seats. You can watch movies on a projection screen while you work out. Group exercise classes and personal training are also available. For more information, call 599-1888 (Middle Ground), 599-5433 (City Center) or visit onelifefitness.com.
Pilates Training Center. A by-appointment studio at 502 Strawberry Plains Road , Williamsburg, also offers group classes. Information: 229-5002 or http://www.pilates-center.net.
Riverside Wellness and Fitness Centers. With a Newport News location and one in Gloucester, Riverside offers a variety of facilities and classes, depending on the location. Some locations offer such amenities as tennis, racquetball, volleyball and basketball courts and swimming lessons. Group exercise classes, personal training and fitness testing also are available.
•Newport News location: 12650 Jefferson Ave., 875-7525.
•Gloucester location: 7516 Hospital Drive, 804-693-8888. For a list of membership costs, hours and available services, visit riversideonline.com/rwfc.
Total Fitness. A 24-hour location at 6120 Jefferson Ave. in Newport News provides personal training, sports strength camp and sports lifting. For membership and other information, call 827-0629 or totalfitnessclub.com.
YMCA. With locations in Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Williamsburg and Smithfield, these facilities offer more than just aerobic and strength training equipment. Swimming lessons and group exercises also are available at some locations. For phone numbers in your area, visit ymca.net.
Newport News Rugby Football Club. Practices Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Crittenden Middle School, with games on Saturdays. Brenden Malvoich 870-0587. . Information: newportnewsrugby.com
While you can run anywhere your feet take you, if you like the thrill of competing or training with others, the Colonial Road Runners and the Peninsula Track Club offer plenty of local opportunities.
Colonial Road Runners. Based in Williamsburg but serves runners from throughout southeastern Virginia. Organizes races, social events, daily group runs and weekly tempo run sessions Tuesdays at Warhill Trail and speed-work interval sessions Wednesdays at Wallsingham Academy. Open to men and women of all ages. Races (each with run/walk between 5 kilometers and 8 miles, often along with 1-mile fun run) held annually in CRR Grand Prix 23-event series from February to December. P.O. Box 657, Williamsburg, 23187. Rick Platt, 229-7375 or 345-1431. See for schedule colonialroadrunners.org and email@example.com
Peninsula Track Club. Has about 35 races a year, ranging from 5-kilometer events to half-marathons, including many summer events, along with social events. P.O. Box 11116, Newport News, 23601. Joe Harney 826-6952. peninsulatrackclub.com
Hampton Roads Hash Harriers. Weekly group runs combined with social events. Tidewater, Hobo, Virginia Beach Full Moon, Fort Eustis and Hampton groups.
If being on the water is your style, there are opportunities for you. There are boat rentals, charter and group tours, or if you have your own water craft, boat ramps. The Peninsula is sandwiched by many rivers, including the James, York and Hampton, and the Chesapeake Bay.
Hampton Yacht Club. Private club with docks on the Hampton River. Offers educational programs, monthly meetings, sailing training for adults and seniors, and hosts races. 4707 Victoria Blvd., Hampton. 722-0711. hamptonyc.com
Back Creek Park. Public. Six lighted outdoor hard courts. $4 an hour before 5 p.m., $8 an hour after 5 p.m. Open 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. Closed on weekends. 3000 Goodwin Neck Road. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation. 890-3850.
Centre Court Racquet Club. Semiprivate. Eight hard indoor courts. Members play for $20-$24 an hour. Nonmembers play for $25-$29 an hour. Leagues, lessons, clinics offered. 12445 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. 595-5639.
Hampton Tennis Center. Public. Open from April to October. Seven lighted outdoor clay courts. Season passes $115/year (general and league play), ball machine rental $10 per hour. Leagues, lessons, clinics offered. 9 Woodland Road, Hampton. 727-1193. hampton.gov/index.aspx?NID=152
Huntington Park. Public. 20 asphalt outdoor courts with lights. Open 3 p.m.-9 p.m. $4 per hour per court during daytime hours, $5 per hour per court during night-time hours (higher fee for light usage). Leagues and private lessons available. 361 Hornet Circle, Newport News. 247-8587
Kingsmill. Private, available to members or resort guests only. 13 clay courts and two hard courts. Private/group lessons, junior clinics available. Reservations are not required but recommended. Visit http://www.kingsmill.com/recreation/tennis/ for information about fees. 931 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg. 253-3945
Howard Mast Tennis Complex at Lake Meade Landing. Public. 10 hard courts, four lighted. Free. 201 Holly Lawn Parkway, Suffolk. 514-7243.
McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center. Semiprivate. Six indoor courts. Hours and rates vary. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. 221-7378
Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center. Private. Three indoor hard courts and six "hydro-clay" outdoor courts at Newport News location. 12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. 875-7525. Outdoor court at Gloucester location. 7516 Hospital Drive, Gloucester. 693-8888.
Two Rivers Country Club. Private. Four hard courts (two lighted) and six clay courts (four lighted). 1400 Two Rivers Road, Williamsburg. 258-4607.
Williamsburg Inn. Semiprivate. Memberships available for families, individuals and juniors, and courts are available for hotel guests in Colonial Williamsburg. Six clay and two hard courts. Opens mid-March. Teaching pro available and pro shop. 136 East Francis Street, Williamsburg. 220-7794.
Windsurfing Enthusiasts of Tidewater. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month throughout Hampton Roads and are announced on sailwet.com and windvisions.com. Contact John Contos at 472-5830 for more information.
If the need for speed is more your style, check out competitive go-kart racing at Langley Speedway in Hampton.
Hampton Roads Kart Club. Has races from April through October at Langley Speedway. 3165 N. Armistead Rd Hampton, 23666 249-5278. hrkc.com
Langley Speedway. Hosts races from April to October. 11 Dale Lemonds Drive, Hampton. 865-7223. langley-speedway.com
Boo Williams SportsPlex. Opened in 2008, 135,000-square-foot sportsplex. Seats 4,000. Eight basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, eight field hockey fields, competition track surface. Open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Court rentals available. 5 Armistead Pointe Parkway, Hampton 23666. 637-7300 and boowilliamssportsplex.com
Norfolk Tides. Minor League Baseball AAA International League. Play from April-September, with home games at Harbor Park, 150 Park Ave., Norfolk 23510. 622-2222 or norfolktides.com
Peninsula Pilots. Coastal Plain League. Play from May-August, with home games at War Memorial Stadium, 1889 West Pembroke Ave., Hampton 23661. 245-2222 or peninsulapilots.com
Norfolk Admirals. American Hockey League. Play from October-April, with home games at Scope Arena, 201 East Brambleton Ave., Norfolk 23510. 640-1212 or norfolkadmirals.comCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun