Dolphin Swim Club's trained instructors guide young children through a garden of aquatic delights in four half-hour lessons over the course of one month, sowing the seeds of safety and proper form at every splash-filled turn. After placing students in levels according to their age and ability, instructors schedule classes of no more than four students to ensure safety and personal attention. Infants nostalgic for their watery wombs can participate in baby swim classes, and children old enough to have chores can train fiercely for intra-family diving competitions to determine nightly dishwashing duties. Parents can observe from the shores as their water-bound whippersnappers learn breath control, back floats, and stroke mechanics in a heated indoor pool.
Red Barn Golf Course's nine-hole, executive layout stretches across 2,120 yards of scenic, player-friendly terrain. The course promotes short game improvement with a preponderance of par-threes, while two holes that exceed 300 yards in length allow drivers and three-woods to doff their sequined headcovers for at least one heroic drive. Nineteen sand traps loom on the edges of the course's fairways and greens, adding drama to linksmen's orb-blasting expedition. The grounds also encompass a pro shop, putting green, short game area, and a full-length driving range, where guests will likely encounter PGA Instructor Marianne Floberg Kaiser, who roams the grounds, imparting golf wisdom in lessons and burying untold treasures throughout the course's bunkers.
Go Big or Go Home Equestrian, LLC's team of instructors sheds light on the fundamentals of horseback riding for students young and old. The instructors foster a welcoming, encouraging environment at their indoor riding arena, where individuals, groups, and families can work together to improve their skills in the saddle. All horses are gentle and well-trained?perfectly suitable riding companions for youngsters.
The course at Glen Erin Golf Club harkens back to the earliest days of golf with a links-style layout inspired by traditional courses in Ireland. Though it opened in 2003, the course pays homage to yesteryear with rolling fairways, oversize greens, and deep pot bunkers. Native fescues ensnare wayward shots that venture outside the first cut of rough, forcing players to chop through dense grasses with scythe clubs just to get the ball back onto shorter grass. The back nine is bookended by par 5s on holes 10 and 18, each more than 575 yards in length and unreachable in two strokes for all but the longest hitters or golfers who have wired their golf ball with hummingbird wings.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,849 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 126 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
Since 1975, golfers have sent tee shots soaring over the flat, open expanse of the Oak Ridge Golf Course. Though oak trees dot the landscape, foliage is relatively sparse around the 18-hole layout, boosting confidence when players reach for their drivers or choose to drive their golf carts blindfolded. Trees are just as scarce at Bonny Meade Links?a nine-hole, Scottish style links course located just across the street from Oak Ridge.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 5,949 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 68.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 112 from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Patrick Delgado has fought more than 20 MMA, kickboxing, and boxing matches throughout his pro and amateur careers. Today, however, he and his team at Fearless MMA focus on the next generation of fighters. Their Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, and Tae Kwon Do programs emphasize mental skills as much as physical ones, such as being able to lift a 25-pound championship belt. Exercisers who want a more traditional workout can sign up for one of the studio's strength and conditioning classes.