Designed by Randy Watkins in 1999, the course at the semiprivate Patrick Farms Golf Club covers 200 landscaped acres replete with thick clusters of trees. To reach their hole goals, golfers must slap spheroids down the middle of meticulously well-kept Tifway 419 bermuda grass fairways before smuggling them past fringe and onto Tifdwarf grass greens. The course is overseeded in the winter to extend the golf season to 12 months a year, providing gift recipients with the chance to shoot strokes on holiday break or in celebration of Millard Fillmore day. The par 72 course opens and closes with a long par 5, forcing players to call upon their long games from the get-go.
For the well-trained bicycle blacksmiths at The Bike Rack, nearly all bike makes and models fall into their realm of tuning expertise. During the premium tune-up, dual-wheeled people movers are treated to brake, bearing, and gear adjustments along with minor wheel truing, external lubrication, component tightening, and a thrilling test ride. Tires are also inspected to ensure they are properly filled with air and not unpopped kettle-corn kernels.
• For $12, you get a one-hour Intro to Pole Fitness class (a $25 value). • For $20, you get a one-hour Intro to Pole Fitness class and one month of unlimited Body Blast aerobics classes (a $50 value). Desmone Black, owner and instructor at Sway Dance and Fitness, teaches women to build strong physiques in a comfortable, feminine environment. During the one-hour Intro to Pole Fitness class, dancers learn to move around the pole, using their own bodies or stunt doubles to increase endurance, upper-body strength, flexibility, and rhythm. Classes begin with a demonstration by an experienced instructor, after which students work to learn to spin, saunter, and floor-walk with proper posture and pacing. After the completion of the introductory class, Groupon customers will receive $25 off a level-one Pole Fitness course. Students can tack on one month of unlimited Body Blast aerobics classes to their introductory course, burning fat and increasing heart rates without lifting piles of discarded Barcaloungers. Aerobics classes are held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.
Guided by 27 years of martial-arts experience, seventh-degree black belt Jason Griffin helps budding martial artists cultivate their skills with his team of certified Taekwondo instructors. Since 1996, they’ve helped students of all ages learn self-defense, compete in tournaments, and take pride in the practice of martial arts. The team’s dedication has paid off: In 2012, the Jackson Free Press awarded them the title of Best Martial Arts Studio. In addition to taekwondo classes, the studio hosts birthday parties, boot camps, and more.
Stretching 6,500 yards from the back tees, Brookwood Byram Country Club's recently renovated 18-hole, par 72 course has enticed wedge wielders for more than 50 years. Test handicaps of all levels on Brookwood's links, which are ripe with obstacles including lightly pitched terrain, water hazards, and endless blades of grass. With today's deal, you and up to four friends can cruise the tree-lined fairways in an included cart, recovering balls after explosive bunker shots and overzealous drives.
Whisper Lake Country Club's verdant course encompasses 4,645 yards of kempt bermuda-grass fairways into a compact-but-challenging par 64 course. Golfers can prepare for rounds with swing-loosening stints at the driving range. There, wise players will focus on mid-length shots and keep drivers securely covered so they don't recognize rounds of golf are being played without them. Various short, drivable par 4s line the course, eschewing the longball in favor of pinpoint long irons or fairway woods, encouraging duffers to direct orbs to hospitable landing areas and set up favorable angles to approach fast, tifdwarf greens. Four sets of tees make the course surmountable for golfers of all abilities, and its compressed yardage—the 18-hole course only features two, relatively short par 5s compared to nine par 3s—allows duffers to complete rounds in about three hours or less, freeing up valuable time to tend to workday obligations or mow basement shag carpets into in-home putting greens. Cart rental is included in all options.