The verdant brainchild of course architect William Mitchell, Deerfield Country Club's 18-hole course plots a 4,120-yard track through lush groves of palm trees and impeccably maintained turf. An executive layout composed of nine par 3s and nine par 4s, the course offers diverse play in a time-efficient package. New greens and recently refurbished bunkers compete for golf balls' affection, their success determined by dowries offered by paternal flagsticks and sand-trap rakes. Golfers streamline straight-hitting swings and soft, greenside shots at the practice facilities, which include a driving range with practice bunkers and an immense putting green. Leather chairs await weary legs in the clubhouse, where golfers can slake their thirst or clean off sand wedges with a sudsy drink from the bar.
Course at a Glance: * Designed by William Mitchell * 18-hole, par-63 course * Length of 4,120 yards from the farthest tees * Three tee options
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Bogaert Boards
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Paddleboard and snorkel tours
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
After catching his first wave at age 12, Heath Van Bogaert became fascinated with by surfing's science of glide, physics, and propulsion. Years of garage-bound tinkering ultimately led him to create Bogeart Boards, which now fashions custom designs for pros and pro-named brands. The full-service shop shapes sleek surfboards, paddleboards, and kite boards, and can personalize each order with custom laminates, resin tints, colors, or a aerodynamically designed mini-fridge.
At Deer Creek Tennis Resort, athletes observe the arc of descending balls and knock them back toward opponents with a grunt. The facility hosts matches atop 10 Har-Tru courts and two hard courts, where renters engage in recreational play or measure their skills and vocabulary against competitors at men's and women's leagues. During clinics, certified tennis instructors expound a different aspect of the game each week, and private lessons focus on players' individual weaknesses. Through the junior program, they lavish small groups of budding athletes with extra attention and weave training methods used by Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association pros into instructional sessions. Molded around sure strokes, mental toughness, body conditioning, and intelligent match play, the program stands in contrast against yoga and water aerobics classes, which focus solely on fitness and gaining enough muscle to easily charge through an opponent's tennis net.
When the sun is shining and the air is warm, you can spot coaches Steven and Gaby, a 2013 CrossFit Games Winner, leading energetic CrossFit classes at local beaches and parks. On weekdays, classes take place in an intimate studio packed with weights and functional equipment. Using kettlebells, medicine balls, and body weight as their tools, the coaches guide students through creative workouts designed to build muscle, speed, and endurance. They frequently draw exercises from gymnastics, metabolic conditioning, and weightlifting to create their diverse workouts. The staff strives to build a supportive community in the gym, providing students with constant motivation and graciously accepting even the ugliest of hand-knit gym socks as gifts.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.