Designed by P.B. Dye—the son of renowned course designed Pete Dye—Northwoods Golf Club’s 18-hole course winds through 6,800 yards of stately arbors and lush South Carolina greenery. The picturesque par 72 challenges golfers with fairways designed with towering tree-lines, treacherous sandtraps, and intervening waterways filled with legions of errant golf balls and one ethereal bocce ball. Divot-tearing twosomes can conquer the emerald frontier astride a golf cart instead of depending on caddy piggybacks. The course capitalizes on the warm Columbia climate by remaining open 365 days a year, and players should call ahead to schedule a tee time.
Sculpted into 160 acres of rolling hills and forests of oak, pine, and dogwood, Oak Hills Golf Club provides a scenic challenge for golfers skilled and novice. The course designed by Steve Melnyk and Davis Love III features manicured Tifway 419 bermuda-grass fairways and elevated, undulating greens. Players might want to keep a still-life painter in the bag for when they reach the elevated tee box on the par 5 hole 18, where a viewing of nine different holes manifests itself in a verdant panorama of course and countryside. The Oak Hills staff of veteran PGA professionals amends swings during private lessons for adults and youths.
Capital Karate's seasoned team of five instructors—with more than a century of experience combined —instills new students with the focus, confident self-image, and self-control needed in a martial arts pupil. Owner and 4th-degree black belt Michael Bank ensures that his school imparts kids with important life skills, including respect, discipline, and perseverance, as well as improved motor skills and balance that can help in extracurricular sports. Adults and teenagers can use the classes to get the blood pumping during cardio-style kickboxing sessions or simple self-defense lessons. University of South Carolina students looking to take a breather from wrestling their sentient pile of chemistry books can let loose in the karate studio, which is only about five minutes drive from campus. Interested martial artists can check out the complete Capital class schedule to find a suitable time. Call ahead to schedule a class.
At its two Columbia locations, Plex Indoor Sports aims to provide complete indoor recreation with artificial-turf fields, ice arenas, inflatables, basketball courts, family entertainment center, and full-service cafe. Both facilities offer after-school programs providing access to soccer, football, and lacrosse programs, ensuring that children learn the proper techniques required to work toward goals and play safely. Total-fitness classes are also available throughout the week, highlighting invigorating methods such as yoga, Zumba, and hip-hop aerobics. The Sandhills location hosts a roller-skating rink, and the Irmo location houses an NHL regulation-sized ice rink with public skate times in between hockey games and practice sessions of the local ice-fishing team.
A 30-foot rock-climbing wall towers over the Family Entertainment Center, granting visitors an elevated view of a facility packed with wall-to-wall inflatables and family activities. Visitors can roller skate, set new high scores at the arcade, or attempt to stay atop a mechanical bull. Other attractions include bungee jumping, a rock-n-roll ride, and more.
With certifications in golf instruction and club fitting and a degree from the Golf Academy of America, assistant pro Adam Sanford fosters smooth swings and improved skills in each club-toting trainee. Adam imparts hard-won golf wisdom at the Club's comprehensive practice facility, which features areas to hone full swings, putts, chips, and scissor-kick approaches. The 45–60 minute lesson helps iron out on-course kinks by giving special attention to short-game fundamentals, the most critical facet to holistic golf improvement and overcoming the taunts from rival fans sitting in the sand-bunker bleachers.
ATA Martial Arts hones well-disciplined fighting machines with classes designed to whip bodies into shape while imparting principles of confidence and self-defense. Developed by the Israeli Defense Force, commando krav maga boils self-defense down to practical essentials, stripping away abstruse martial-arts theories by teaching students how to defend themselves in real-life situations such as street fights, bar brawls, and tightly choreographed gang dance-offs. Commando krav maga classes are held at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and first-time students are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.