The swing scientists at Nicklaus Academy at DragonRidge hone in on fostering club mastery, helping golfers of all levels sharpen their game in a climate-controlled coaching studio. Students focus their 45-minute lesson on one of three aspects of their game. The full-swing lesson employs high-speed video capture and analysis in the Jack Nicklaus coaching studio to correct flaws in stroke and dissect the most celebrated sports bloopers. Clients can also choose to galvanize their greens game with a putting lesson, complete with computer-generated stroke capture and analysis in the TOMI putting lab, or smarten their short-shot approach with in-depth instruction in the Nicklaus Academy Short Game Training Area.
3D Family Fun Center rescues people from the doldrums of mundane mini golf and laser tag by filling the glow-in-the dark complex with glowing pirate ships and floating blue spots. Erupting volcanoes, pixies flying over colorful castles, and bright-yellow windmills await on the mini-golf course's 18 holes, all given form with 3D glasses. Journeys into the laser-tag arena require complete sensory immersion as players navigate fog-filled hallways in search of opponents to blast with point-scoring laser beams. In the fun-center's arcade, rows of ski-ball machines, basketball hoops, and racing cabinets give players opportunities to test their hand–eye coordination and practice jumping cars over ravines for upcoming driver's exams.
Aztec Aviation Services coasted to a landing in 2006 under the guidance of its founders, Brian and Stephen Bilé. Together, the duo injects their decades of experience into the company, focusing especially on flight training and aircraft maintenance. Under their guidance, aspiring pilots earn their wings during the company’s educational programs, teaching fundamental techniques such as taking off and parallel parking in tight spaces. When not soaring through the skies, the Bilés provide a full range of maintenance services, including aircraft modifications, detailing, and authorized installations of skydive jump doors.
Owned and operated by the Gripentog family since 1957, Las Vegas Boat Harbor sparks aquatic adventures on the waves of Lake Mead with boat and jet-ski rentals. Up to two joyriders enjoy a couple of hours on the ripple-skating back of a WaveRunner, and six may pile into a speedboat for four hours of wakeboarding and white-whale chasing. Pontoon boats can transport up to 10 passengers to nearby locales such as Hoover Dam and Cathedral Rock or simply explore the man-made lake’s multitudinous inlets and coves, surrounded by 550 miles of breathtaking Mojave Desert shoreline. Guests who drop anchor during their watery sojourn can spend the afternoon supping on lunches packed at home, picked up at the Harbor House Café, or stolen from passing schools of fish, and the marina store supplies any last-minute boating and fishing supplies.
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A lush oasis in the Mojave Desert, Black Mountain Golf & Country Club has challenged golfers for more than half a century. The 27-hole layout was built gradually over the course of 45 years, starting with the establishment of the original nine holes in 1957 and culminating in the second nine-hole addition in 2002. Today, players send balls hurtling against the backdrop of the Black Mountains, taking care to avoid hitting the water or slicing their ball into the Las Vegas strip 25 miles away. Since each course features its own unique style, players must adjust their games accordingly. Whereas the Horizon course tempts sharpshooters with several birdie opportunities, the Desert course—ironically—features the most water, requiring golfers to select their clubs carefully and shake off the mirages of caddies appearing as khaki-wearing cacti.
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Tony Cress leads private and two-person training sessions and a variety of group fitness classes to help willing clients adopt a lifestyle of health and fitness. During his 60-minute fit camps, he mixes up exercises that help burn fat and develop flexibility, stability, and strength to keep bodies guessing. Students in his TRX classes use the suspension bands to leverage their body weight for strengthening exercises that widen their range of motion. During fusion classes, they'll incorporate tools such as kettlebells, jump ropes, and medicine balls.
In Tony's training facility, free weights and medicine balls wait to be chosen from their racks, and TRX bands dangle from a ceiling-mounted structure. An assortment of steppers, stationary bikes, and stationary motorcycles makes it easy for clients looking to add variety to cardio workouts.