Located near a handful of glittery lakes, Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club provides a sporting oasis of natural splendor for budding or fully bloomed course crusaders. Duos of friends or resigned enemies can toss golf-ball tenderizers into the back of the rental cart and cruise all 7,005 yards of the 18-hole course, which boasts five tees of varying distances to challenge players of all ilk. Considerable elevation changes throughout the par 71 golf garden keeps guests on their tippy toes, and no fairway runs up against a parallel fairway, except in the parallel universe, which is full of parallel fairways and people that understand the New Yorker comic strips. As golfers traverse the pastoral playgrounds, they will also come up against sinister sand traps and roughs, as well as Blacks Lake, which feasts on a strict golf-ball diet.
Holding a state certification and multiple NRA training certifications, Julio A. Cortes leads an instructional team drawn from retired law-enforcement, military, and SWAT personnel. Specializing in basic pistol instruction—including women-only courses—Gulfcoast Firearms Academy's instructors qualify students to apply for a state concealed-weapon permit by teaching fundamentals such as basic terminology and situation awareness. For students desiring more-advanced training, they also lead tactical pistol and rifle shooting classes, imparting skills from one-handed reloading to shooting from a standing, seated, lying, and fetal position.
Serenity Paddleboarding is tucked within the Clermont Chain of Lakes, so visitors have access to plenty of placid waters ideal for standup paddleboarding. The outfit's certified instructors who are all passionate advocates for the sport, and pass on their knowledge during Friendly Beginners classes and Advanced Techniques classes. In the beginners class, students learn basics such as where to stand on the board and how to steer, and safety topics such as looking both ways before crossing a fish migration route. The advanced class refines these topics, delving into more advanced stances and strokes.
Certified by the NRA and the Florida CJSTC, the bilingual instructors and senior advisors at Black 56 Tacticals craft custom firearm training programs to suit each guest?s needs. Beginner tactical pistol and shotgun courses begin with a safety briefing and an instruction session, after which safety-gear-clad students practice their aim at the range before enjoying lunch, drinks, and an appetizer of deep-fried clay pigeons. At group and private classes each Monday and Tuesday, visitors can study more advanced pistol techniques and learn about Florida firearm laws in greater depth.
Just steps from Crystal Lake?and situated directly between Lakes Minnehaha and Mineeola?Clermont Waterfront Bikes and Boards provides ways to explore surroundings by both land and water. Rent a standup-paddleboard or kayak to explore the plethora of nearby waterways after taking an introductory lesson that is included with each rental. Landlubbers can borrow bikes to cruise along the car-free South Lake Trail, which connects to a network of other soothing Central Florida Trails.
Kids and adults alike can develop their martial arts skills and mental sharpness at John Emmons Taekwondo Academy, where classes are taught in a 6,000 foot facility outfitted with training aids. The schedule includes classes for kids as young as 3 as well as adult courses that mix strength work and aerobic training.