Designed by Randy Watkins in 1999, the course at the semi-private 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-kempt Tifway 419 bermuda grass fairways before smuggling them past fringe and onto Tifdwarf grass greens. The course is over-seeded in the winter to extend the golf season to 12 months a year, leaving no time for grass to make extra money mowing lawns. 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.
In View Golf renders rainchecks obsolete by virtually teleporting patrons to more than 30 famed golf courses—including Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill—via 12'x9' high-def projection screens. As golfers take to the cyberlinks, video analysis software, previously available only to touring PGA and LPGA pros, records every swing, capturing such statistics as shot distance, club-head speed, and the golf ball's potential earning value. During a 45-minute private lesson, In View's professional instructors analyze the videos to make individualized adjustments to patrons' natural golf swings. Or forgo in-person tips on chips and grips, and instead opt for a round of 18 holes in the golf simulator with a fellow iron-wielder, using the instant video feedback to see and measure the results of tweaks to techniques and tempers.
• 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.