Maximum Athletic Center's dedicated and experienced gymnastics instructors lead burgeoning tumblers ages 18 months through 18 years through routines that build strength, coordination, flexibility, and balance in a safe and supportive environment. Fledgling athletes of all levels cultivate skills and tumbleweed-stunt-double experience during one-hour classes once a week. Preschoolers engage in a meet-and-greet with the trampoline, the balance beam, the bars, and the matted floor, developing motor skills and self-confidence, and all ages discover buoyancy in trampoline classes as they bound across safe, in-ground trampolines. Girls and boys ages 5 and older can learn non-competitive gymnastics skills during developmental gymnastics classes, and those six and older can handspring into tumbling classes to learn how to safely flip across the mats and inconspicuously roll out of uncomfortable conversations. Check each location's website for class schedules.
When course architect Jack Miller roamed the unsown acreage that would become Texas National Golf Course, he saw an opportunity to pay homage to golf’s most hallowed grounds. Groves of skinny pines and mature dogwoods and dramatically undulating terrain bore the elegant trademarks of Augusta National Golf Club—the famed site of The Masters—right down to Indian Camp Creek, which is incorporated into the 11th and 12th holes in a scenic invocation of Amen Corner. Though aesthetically similar, the 6,806-yard layout spares golfers the immensely difficult nature of Augusta, presenting a par 72 that is playable for both low-handicappers and those still studying to pass their golf-cart driving exam.
The course development coincided with the founding of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, which since 1978 has occupied the clubhouse at Texas National. The Hall celebrates Texas's illustrious golf history with life-size portraits of famous players, ranging from 62-time PGA Tour winner Ben Hogan to Lee Trevino, whose decorated career includes winning 29 PGA Tour titles and paving the way for Jack Nicklaus with a brand-new asphalt driveway for his birthday.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 layout * Length of 6,806 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.4 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 127 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
At ATA Martial Arts, students gain self-defense skills while losing weight. In cardio-based classes, men and women shed extra pounds as they vacillate between high impact moves and punches, and krav maga builds upon adults' natural defensive instincts in a way that also exercises the entire body. Youngsters can also learn important life skills in the kids' martial-arts program, which not only teaches self-defense, but also hones discipline and self-esteem in its pupils.
Dakao Do, Sword to Sword’s instructor, protects the secrets of ancient, historical European martial-art forms that date back to the early 1300s. Specializing in the longsword, sword and buckler, and dussack, he wields these weapons to show newbies how to safely and respectfully honor historical fighting systems. Though he mainly focuses on Germanic swordsmanship, Dakao also leads programs that explore other fighting methods such as grappling, dagger, rapier, and saber.
Golf U at 242 sprawls across more than 20 acres of PGA-certified practice facilities, including driving ranges, putting and chipping greens, and bunker practice areas. For one month, golfers can hone their swings on newly landscaped greens with responsive Nike golf balls or rolled-up hedgehogs. Golf U offers 40 hitting positions and 23 target greens, including an island green with lava moat. Fairway and greenside bunker practice areas fine-tune escape strategies from tricky lie angles with towering sides, tall grasses, and slowly swirling quicksand. The pro shop is stocked with drinks and snacks, and for an additional fee students can enroll in private lessons with highly trained golf instructors.