Nestled in the shadows of towering trees, golfers traverse the arboreal alleyways of DeLand Country Club’s course across 18 holes of challenging golf. Throughout the course, mature oaks and pines stalk the edges of fairways, flexing their branches ominously and making menacing shadow puppets with their twiggy fingers in an attempt to break the focus of golfers. The subtle slopes of the rolling course place a high premium on golfers’ capacity to cleanly strike balls off of uneven surfaces, and greenside bunkers wait to ensnare off-kilter shots. Club-toting twosomes can loop the 18-hole course astride an efficient golf cart, which helps hunt down balls while proffering incisive commentary about the universally strained relationship between carts and caddies.
Renowned golf-course architect Bobby Weed aims to fill his courses with the kind of rich details typically produced only by Mother Nature herself. His 2008 overhaul of The Deltona Club completely transformed the course: today, blowout-style native-sand bunkers bear roughly scalloped edges that call to mind a raw desert landscape, and the elevation rises in craggy steps as the course progresses, giving players a sense of conquering the land itself. The course's resulting beauty, sense of challenge, and secret bonus level snagged the club a spot on Golfweek's list of best Florida courses in 2012.
Since July of 2008, the Little Linksters Golf program has brought the game of golf to a typically non-tradional sect of the golfing population; the "Pee-Wee" Golfer (Ages 3-8). The Little Linksters Golf Program is a great introduction to the game of golf for for all children in this age group.
Florida Firearms Training teams up with five gun ranges spread across the Tampa, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale areas.
Depending on the course taken, the staff can rent handguns, shotguns, or rifles.
Florida Firearms Training's state-, NRA-, and military-certified instructors abide by the philosophy that with ownership of firearms comes great responsibility. With this in mind, they cover safe gun handling and loading in tactical and defensive courses for pistols, shotguns, rifles, and specialty weapons.
Youth explore the treetops and lush foliage on a two-part kids' aerial adventure course at Zoom Air, soaking in a bird's-eye view of the Central Florida Zoo's forest region seated in the blackwater-river floodplain swamp. Parents must accompany their offspring, shedding tears of pride as they watch them embark on the course, which is designed for kids at least 4 years old and interwoven among the Central Florida Zoo's natural landscape, giving kids an aerial view of the area's natural exotic inhabitants. In the first section of the course, saplings learn to navigate the skies, donning a secure harness before they are elevated 4 feet from the ground, where they test their agility and bladder control.
Florida Tennis Center's one-hour clinics acquaint beginner and novice racqueteers with tennis fundamentals in an instructive, competitive environment. Players are grouped by age and ability, so baseline apprentices can begin to master tennis's trying techniques among those equally versed in the art of yellow-orb smashing. Glide across one of the complex's 24 green-clay courts as the ball machine serves up shots to batter cross-court with a textbook low-to-high forehand, a firm-wristed volley, or a highly illegal—but still impressive—scissor-kick. The club provides free loaner racquets to those yet to wrangle their own set of strings and the final class consists of a one-hour supervised practice match where players can test their meddle against fellow classmates and berate imaginary line judges.
Regardless of whether or not golfers agree with his teaching philosophies, few could argue that Dan Spiegel isn’t a wellspring of information. Most instructors keep their communications safely within the tee-to-green framework, but Dan prefers to branch out: he uses his academy’s website not only as a place to list golf pointers and tips, but also as a place to discuss an ecclectic mix of topics, from his views on modern media to his take on the sports news of the day.
Dan’s teaching methods are as wide-ranging as his interests. Typically, he uses whatever means his student deems most comfortable, whether that means encouraging them to play by feel or react to a more scientific breakdown of mechanics. Regardless of the approach, the overarching theme of his lessons—which occur both on the range and out on the course at Lake Orlando Golf Club—is to turn the players’ weaknesses into strengths.