Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
Diving doyenne Una Stites leads a team of nine other PADI-certified instructors, who deploy more than 100 years of combined experience to guide scuba students toward a future of underwater adventures. During the six-person class, instructors impart techniques and tips for subsurface paddling before escorting pupils to the on-site saltwater pool, where tanks and other necessary equipment stands at the ready. Behind a fence painted with a jovial blue octopus, students practice their newly acquired diving knowledge and Morse code dolphin clicks in a safe and friendly environment.
Designed by renowned course architect Gilbert S. Hanse, Inniscrone Golf Club combines vintage golf design with awe-inspiring vistas and marked elevation changes. After recruiting a cart, a pair of ball-whackers can reconnoiter the par 70 course while enjoying the lush scenery accented by impeccably manicured fairways and misplaced football players. Draw on years of pin the tail on the donkey with several tee shots that arch over hills, then unveil a newly swaggered putt and strut on greens that send balls speeding across the emerald ground like greased bowling balls down an ice luge. Although now a public course, the once-private Inniscrone Golf Club has a challenging design, intricate details, and troves of slumbering elephants in the fairways.
Cleaved into a pristine expanse of rolling hills and dense woodlands, Chisel Creek Golf Club’s 18-hole course gently rises and falls across 6,203 yards of moderately challenging terrain. Large, undulating greens supply the bulk of the difficulty at the par 70 course, complemented by tight tree lines and dramatically sloped terrain that forces more awkward stances than a middle school dance. A duo of duffers can loop the lush labyrinth astride a nimble golf cart before retiring to the Creekside Grille to refuel with a homemade chicken-salad sandwich (a $5.50 value) or a zesty buffalo-chicken wrap (a $6.50 value).
Dover Par’s public full-size greens invite putters and drivers of all ages to play 18 holes and practice swings in the batting cages or on the range. The relaxed par-three course caters especially to beginner or medium-level golfers. Before tackling the links, feel free to practice knocking down satellites or lecturing caddies on the full-length driving range. Meanwhile two-sport stars can swing lumber or aluminum in the newly renovated batting area, where all-new pitching machines, balls, and bats lend a modern touch to each at-bat and batting cages prevent nearby mascots from trying to hug you midswing. Both softball sluggers and baseball champs can step up to the plate.
Groups of two or four can swivel putters during the day or night with a round of mini golf on the Village Square– or Safari Trail–themed course, which obstructs hole-in-one putts with exotic animal statues. Both packages dish out 45 tokens guests can use at the arcade or the indoor batting cage, which features 40-foot ceilings and a grandstand looming 140 feet from home plate to nab homerun balls. Guests can amble toward the snack bar for a pitcher of ice-cold soda and a large pizza to feed hungry brain cells with fraction problems.