The licensed physicians and medical practitioners at Vascular Access Centers call upon 50 years of experience and the latest medical technology to address all manner of vascular and endovascular issues. Aside from treating unsightly veins and their underlying causes, the practice provides comprehensive maintenance and venous access care for dialysis patients, and can help soften hardened arteries by performing angioplasties or showing them pictures of kittens wearing rain boots. In addition to doling out knowledgeable, compassionate care, VAC's physicians work tirelessly to pioneer new treatments in their field, and hold more than 30 issued and 100 pending patents for new, groundbreaking treatment devices.
Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Hale Irwin recognizes that most golf courses have only one signature hole. But you don?t win the U.S. Open three times and rack up 87 professional victories in a storied PGA career by doing what everybody else does. So when Mr. Irwin unveiled his design for The Links at Cottonwoods in March of 1998, he included two signature holes: the 13th, a par 5 extending to a whopping 600 yards, and the 16th, a par 3 with a nerve-racking island green. In 2012, readers of Golf Digest presented Mr. Irwin with a 4.5-star rating in the magazine?s ?Best Places to Play? section for his audacious design and willingness to flout convention.
His distinctive pair of holes highlights a pristine, 18-hole stretch of Scottish-style links, complete with wide fairways pestered by strong seasonal winds but free of wandering sheep that chew on argyle socks. As players chase dimpled orbs across the Meyer Zoysia fairways and tap them over the Champion Bermuda greens, they?ll encounter water-bordering play on more than half of the holes.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,989 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 119 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
You won't have trouble finding something to do at Max Fitness. The gym teems with free weights and LifeFitness strength-training and cardio machines. Exercisers who need a shot of motivation can sign up for a personal-training session or attend one of Max Fitness's many group classes, such as Zumba, kickboxing, and cycling.
Tucked northwest of Sardis Lake just above John W. Kyle State Park, Mallard Pointe Golf Course showcases undulating bermuda-grass fairways that offer sweeping views of the area's towering trees. Designed by Bob Cupp, the course’s layout challenges players with back-to-back par 5s on the lengthy 6th and 7th holes, as well as on the 10th and 16th holes, requiring players to break at least once for s’mores while trekking from tee to green. Before hitting the fairways, swingers can take advantage of an extensive practice area consisting of a 350-yard driving range with six target greens and 100 hitting stations, a 10-acre grass-tee area, and a practice fairway bunker.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 7,004 yards * Course rating of 73.8 * Slope rating of 131 * Four tee options * Scorecard
Lawrence Muruako is waging a full-on rebellion against the obesity epidemic. With a degree in exercise science from Ole Miss and a personal-trainer certification from the American Council of Exercise, he brings an extensive body of fitness knowledge to the battle.
Lawrence’s boot camps begin with an evaluation for each student, taking complex measurements that move beyond waist size, such as muscle to fat ratio. Armed with that knowledge, he leads sessions filled with plyometrics and cardio exercises, challenging students to negotiate obstacle courses and sweat through interval training. For guests with physical limitations, Lawrence tweaks the sessions, ensuring that his students can work safely toward their goals, whether they are to lose weight, build muscle, increase endurance, or finally get the confidence to ask the boss if casual Friday can include mascot costumes.