FAA-certified flight instructors Doug Boyle and Todd Halver make it their mission each day to share with others the technical and liberating aspects of flying. However, the vessels they use aren't your typical airplanes. Instead, the duo leads pupils on midair treks in aircrafts that are part motorized tricycle, part hang glider, and part flying monkey from The Wizard of Oz. Some of the crafts are even able to take off from the waters of Belews Lake. Doug and Todd impart safe, efficient, and inspirational guidance on trips ranging from intro flights to flights that help participants earn their own FAA sport-pilot's license.
When they took over Jimmy Mac’s Golf Range, PGA professional Brad “Smiley” Latimer and his wife Pam knew they had their work cut out for them. The couple dove right in: they resurfaced the miniature golf course, illuminated its brick-lined pathways with nearly 100 solar lights, acquired a FlightScope Launch Monitor for lessons, and stocked on the driving range with new Titleist and Callaway balls. Even after completing these renovations, they continue to revamp the facilities. The 18-hole mini-golf course now features two cascading waterfalls, babbling brooks that wend along turf fairways, and new putters that send colorful golf balls into holes or to the one-eyed pirate living under the course bridge to fulfill his dream of a new ocular orb.
A 325-yard driving range showcases 25,000 square feet of Bermuda grass tees and 20 artificial turf hitting stations featuring laser yardage readers. The range has covered and uncovered stations, as well as lights that let golfers swing even after the sun has started to snore. Lessons provide the instructional guidance of a professional while taking advantage of the center’s practice bunker and chipping and pitching greens, developing swings dependable enough to take down rabid ball washers.
Wake Forest Archery, the archery club at Wake Forest University, began in 2010 with 10 members and was on its way to becoming the fastest chartered organization in the university's history. Then, the club's storage shed was robbed, forcing its members to take a hiatus. The following semester, after receiving additional funds and generous donations, the club was back on its feet. It has since grown to more than 100 members, each of whom participates on a varsity or recreational archery team. In addition to regular practices and competitions, the club hosts an archery camp, open to those of all experience levels.
At Kindermusik with Yulia, the staff knows that to a young, developing mind, learning an instrument means much more than exploring a new hobby. The creative playing helps the brain to create important connections and stimulate the ability to make creative decisions. Listening to music increases a child's sound discrimination, and moving develops body awareness and spatial relationships. Music lessons for children aged 0–7 help develop the brain the child will grow into. The expert music instructor creates age-appropriate lessons around different themes such as "family" or "colors and shapes of the farm."
Evolution Fight Academy's schedule of classes gives adults and children 5 years and older plenty of chances to sample Mixed Martial Arts' simmering stew of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, tae kwon do, Greco-Roman wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing. Novices and callused fists alike will find classes devoted to their skill level, as well as more specialized courses in grappling, striking, wrestling, and deflecting body blows with an insouciant bon mot. Martial-art mixologists can take an unlimited amount of classes during their month-long membership and may brag about their newly acquired strength and confidence up to six times before friends become irritated.