Placed in the top 10 among the nation's new golf courses by Golfweek and Travel + Leisure Golf, Sugarloaf Mountain sends golfers up and down elevation changes of more than 250 feet. The design by Coore & Crenshaw—Crenshaw, as in 1984 Masters winner Ben Crenshaw—takes advantage of the site's natural characteristics, wandering through verdant oak forests and at one point reaching the highest point in the state. The designers were so loyal to the landscape that they even decided to use native sand in the bunkers rather than trucking in moon dust.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,076 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Blast Off Adventures outfits otherwise flightless humans with the JetLev R200 marine jetpack and Flyboard in order to send them soaring. The JetLev and Flyboard packs produce more than 420 pounds of thrust by pumping 1,000 gallons of water per minute out of two rocket-engine-like shoulder nozzles. Flight experiences first teach novices how to handle the device in as few as six minutes, covering skills such as deep-water take-offs, taxiing, turning, and landing. Participants then spend the rest of their time cruising at top speeds of 25 miles an hour and elevating up to a 30-foot flight ceiling. All the while, a certified flight instructor keeps a close watch, making sure the JetLev and Flyboard is properly operated and scaring off amorous herons during mating season. Flyboard is a new and exciting experience that Blast Off Adventures is now offering.
Humans weren't born with wings, but that hasn't stopped us from beleiveing we were meant to fly. That's where hang gliding comes in. The winged apparatuses at Hang Gliding Central Florida stretch hang gliders lengthwise in a harness, allowing them to control the glider by moving backward, forward, or to the side to climb, descend, or turn. From their perch, pilots can soar above the treetops, taking in the sweeping views of their surroundings or comparing the emerging bald spots on aging eagles. They can also ease into the sport thanks to safety-focused lessons that include tandem rides with an instructor.
For the volunteers at Run for Freedom, every successful race brings their organization one step closer to bringing others to safety. Through charitable runs or walks and fundraisers across the east coast, the not-for-profit group brings awareness to the problem of human trafficking in the United States. Funds raised from each event also help assist those who have been rescued or escaped from captivity by providing therapy services, education opportunities, and emotional support to help them take back control of their lives.
In addition to adopting neglected horses and ponies, Dream Big Horse Club provides riders with all types of programs in which they learn basics and perfect advanced skills. Monthly horsemanship-club meetings give kids a chance to get to know and care for equines, who hold pencils in their hooves to take down each meeting's minutes. Day camps reveal level- or skill-specific hands-on knowledge, as do lessons. The fields also host pony parties, horse shows, clinics, and family movie nights.
Fueled by team spirit and a passion for dance, CheerDanz formats dance programs for kids aged 3–11. Teachers instill students with a positive outlook and self-esteem. Classes also focus on fitness, helping young dancers develop healthy habits at an early age. Parents can opt to work out on fitness equipment as their kids take classes.