Nestled along the banks of Wagner Creek and the Wando River, Dunes West Golf & Country Club stretches across 6,871 yards of Carolina Lowcountry sculpted into an 18-hole layout designed by architect Arthur Hills. After traversing rolling terrain, quicksand bunkers, and oversize greens, golfers can conclude the par 72 layout at the 456-yard, par 4 18th hole, where Wagner Creek guards the entire left side of a shallow green that reveals the clubhouse's brick arches and second-story veranda just beyond the fringe. Golfers with slice-prone swings can make adjustments at the club’s driving range or schedule a lesson with one of the club’s PGA professionals, both more feasible than trying to control drives with telekinesis.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by Arthur Hills * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,781 yards from the farthest tees * Five tee options * Scorecard
At Park West Tennis Club, experienced tennis pro and Hawaii National head coach Nick Loudermilk hosts lessons and clinics for players of all ages and experience levels. In addition to its lessons and free play on six courts, the facility includes a full-service pro shop with gear and restringing services.
Mount Pleasant Futsal Academy isn't a soccer school. Instead, the coaches here teach the highly technical sport of futsal, which employs a smaller ball that demands precise control. Futsal played a formative role for some of the world's biggest soccer stars, including Ronaldo, Messi, and Ronaldinho. The academy's training programs cater to players aged 4–14, whereas its team and individual programs build the technical finesse and skills needed to compete at a high level.
Between the exposed brick walls of 9Round's kickboxing gym, trainers rely on old-school, proven techniques to give members a full-body workout during 30-minute programs. It's an ever-changing set of exercises designed to keep members engaged and motivated while pummeling heavy bags with measured kicks or rhythmically striking speed bags with fists. The gym works on a fluid schedule to accommodate everyone, so there's no class time, just trainers and plenty of kettlebells, jump ropes, and free weights to use during each nine-station circuit-training session.
Family Circle Tennis Center is an award-winning public facility that encompasses 17 championship tennis courts—13 clay and 4 hard courts, all lighted for night play—including the 10,200-seat Family Circle Stadium. Surrounded by a lush landscape and ancient oak trees, the 32-acre facility charms its guests with a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse and pro shop, which include luxury locker-room facilities and a bevy of tennis services. The grounds host tennis camps, one-on-one instruction, and special events such as the historic Family Circle Cup, a tournament that invites some of the world's top tennis players to compete.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.