Opened in 1969, Bolivar Golf Club unfurls nine holes of tee-to-green challenges tailored to golfers of all abilities. The course cleaves through parkland terrain for a total of 3,288 yards from the farthest tees and a standard par of 36.
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Dream Valley Golf Course’s 18-hole layout unfurls across 6,255 yards of pristine fairways kissed by seven ponds amid a farmland perimeter teeming with lush foliage. Though mostly characterized by forgiving, tree-lined fairways, the course’s inventive layout requires adept course management with many twisting hole designs and flagsticks that double as jousting sticks during golf-cart battles. A dramatic dogleg right on the par-4 fourth forms the course’s hardest-rated hole, wherein golfers must either attack the 365-yard corridor by crushing a forced carry over a large pond or lay up about 160–180 yards for a safer but less rewarding tee shot. Clubbers can careen across the emerald meadows on their own spiky-soled feet or enlist the help of the club’s stock of rental carts, which help loop the links efficiently while insisting on being called a Mars rover-in-training.
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Founded 16 years ago by Jay and Beth Handline, Dance Trance constructs an upbeat fitness regimen that doesn't require reenacting historic dance battles such as the Hoedown of Antietam to burn calories. During hour-long classes, students are schooled in four to five dance routines for an invigorating workout appropriate for all ages and ability levels. Each fitness-driven session is different, keeping students on their toes with popular music, lighting effects, and diverse choreography. To keep up with new music and dance trends, exercises are choreographed on a quarterly basis; they incorporate jazz, funk, hip-hop, Latin, and Uncle Steve's best wedding-reception moves, plucked from the idea nests of Dance Trance choreographers across the country. Gym or aerobic shoes are required for class; the smoother the sole, the better.
Phenomenon Studios is a fitness and wellness center inspired by the ancient art of belly dancing. Owner Brittney Laleh Banaei heads up an all-female staff. She established the facility as a place where professionals and beginners alike could come together to learn, perform, and celebrate the culture of dance. The studio offers a range of fitness classes designed to empower women in styles such as Arabic dance, yoga, and the signature BellyFit workout—a blend of traditional belly-dancing movements and contemporary music. Phenomenon Studios creates a playful atmosphere with brightly colored walls, a community chalkboard, and a lounge area where guests can compare ballerina trading cards.
At Take The Lead, staffers collectively maintain a community-based dance center along with offering personal training services. Through blending relationships, confidence, fun, stress relief, and physical fitness, unique approaches to a variety of dance styles such as country, Latin, and swing are born. Take The Lead treats each session as a chance to connect with others, from custom choreography for altar-bound duos to group classes that implore students to dance until cows have returned home, emptied the recycling, and retired to bed. The studio—which features a sprung floor, reducing the impact on joints and bones—also hosts myriad other functions such as Zumba, performance, fitness, and social classes. In addition to its dance classes, Take The Lead offers one-on-one personal training to help participants build lean muscle and boost overall movement skills.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido, Self-Defense
Pro Tip: Teaching self-defense in a traditional martial-arts environment.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
While some traditional martial-art schools merely practice patterns or breaking boards, the teachers at Hapkido-USA Springfield LLC buck that trend, focusing purely on the art of self defense in a disciplined, traditional martial-arts environment. "We teach...elements of boxing, kickboxing, ground defense, joint locks, throwing and pinning techniques," says the owner.
Making sure that burgeoning martial artists learned such useful techniques is the very thing that drew him to teaching in the first place, and it remains his favorite part of his job. "[I like] watching students grow in their knowledge and confidence," he says. "In hapkido, people get the increase in self-confidence with a realistic expectation of their self-defense skills."