Voted Golf Course of the Year by the Charleston Golf Course Owners Association in 2009, Dunes West Golf Club's scenic par 72 teems with 200-year-old oaks and bermuda-covered dunes in a diamond-shaped layout designed by Arthur Hills. Frank Moore, a PGA member with more than 20 years of teaching experience, uses close observation and video analysis in one-hour lessons to give each attendee a more confident swing and a more intimate understanding of life from a sand trap's perspective. In addition to 10 sessions of swing instruction, golf students can enjoy four rounds on the 6,871-yard course, stopping occasionally to admire the Dunes West clubhouse's classic southern architecture.
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.
2011 marks Family Circle Cup's 11th year at the award-winning Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island, and its 39th consecutive year on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour. Family Circle's "Game, Set, Rock! Tennis. Amplified." event treats ears to a buffet of pulse-pumping music as eyes feast upon an evening's worth of singles and mixed-doubles matches by four tennis titans. Watch eight-time Family Circle Cup singles champion Chris Evert pair up with Todd Martin to take on four-time singles champion Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe. All the athletes will be wearing microphones so that attendees can hear every grunt, gasp, and witty one liner that emanates from players' vocal chords. Groupon buyers may also choose to attend the Family Circle Cup finale, the final round of play during the tournament wherein the 2011 Family Circle Cup winner will be crowned.
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.