A professionally supervised tandem jump lets skydivers-to-be suit up and plummet down after a mere 30 minutes of ground-based briefing. Following the grounded instruction, chute huggers will suit up and ascend into the heavens with their tandem jump master before bailing in style and floating earthward with a choice of a gentle, gliding descent or a thrilling, heart-pounding ride.
Fairways on Spencer Creek's player-friendly course takes duffers careening across 2,632 yards of water-kissed fairways for a nine-hole pin-hunting exhibition. The petite par 33 caters to players working on their short game with four par 3s and four par 4s, and the 463-yard par 5 fifth hole ensures drivers and 3-woods don't consider collectively bargaining for more shifts out of the bag. PGA-certified aces shake rust off swings with private and small-group lessons, and a putting green helps putters calibrate their strokes before rounds.
Course at a Glance:
The Bear Trap. That's the nickname assigned to the 15th, 16th, and 17th holes on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion Course, a lighthearted nod to designer Jack "The Golden Bear" Nicklaus?or so you might think. Rather, the formidable stretch of holes has more than earned its fearsome moniker, as PGA Tour pros discover every spring in the Honda Classic. When the pin is back on the 17th hole, Robert Allenby believes it's the hardest course on the Tour, and Mark Wilson?who won the Classic in 2007?conceded he would still be nervous with a colossal six-stroke lead going into 15. When golfers play the Champion Course, they're walking among the divots of golf history; in addition to the annual Honda Classic, the course has hosted the 1983 Ryder Cup and the 1987 PGA Championship.
Along with the Champion Course and The Palmer Course?named after its legendary designer, Arnold Palmer?the resort features three more 18-hole courses, each of which offers its own devilish challenges. To help golfers take on the sprawling, historic courses, renowned instructor David Leadbetter shapes the teaching strategies at the resort's onsite academy.
Founded by David Medeiros, an award-winning ballroom dancer, Champion Ballroom Center unleashes inner dancers with expert instruction in a variety of dance forms. Forty-five-minute private classes imbue students' foot-brains with knowledge of ballroom, latin, or swing dance styles. Private lessons are helmed by one of Champion Ballroom Center’s seasoned dance instructors, each veterans of the dance floor and classroom alike. Private sessions may be taken with or without a partner, allowing couples to learn the basics of each other’s movements and solo dancers to absorb techniques by osmosis.
As the weather turns cooler, celebrating the season often means bundling up on the couch with a mug of cocoa and a heated book, which is great until stir-craziness sets in. Today's Groupon offers the cure by getting you out of the house and onto the ice with an ice-skating pass and skate rental at Centennial Sportsplex for $4 (an $8 value). Ice skating was invented in 1983 as a means of enjoying the company of others in a cold setting, a goal that Napoleon declared, "The ultimate pursuit, although it inevitably ends in too much fun." Sk8 or Die: Vertical Rush: When a Russian nuclear submarine gets trapped in the arctic ice, the only skater who can get close enough for a rescue attempt is five-time Olympian and U.N. Mercenary John Nash. But who is sending him mysterious text messages about the secrets that lay in wait at the top of the world?Sk8 or Die: Meltdown: John Nash is ready to represent the United States in the Beijing Olympics. But when factory pollution causes massive ice meltage across the nation, Nash is forced to face the deadliest foe of all: climate change.Sk8 or Die: Seventeen-Seventy-Sk8: This time-bending prequel follows John Nash as a voodoo amulet causes him to go back in time and inhabit the body of his great-great-grandfather, a colonel in the Revolutionary War. Released in the United Kingdom as The Skate-triot.
Though the staff at Honeysuckle Hill Farm cultivates livestock and crops of seasonal produce, its other chief resource is outdoor adventure. Through their seasonal tours, farm staffers teach adults and children about farm operations, the basics of agriculture, and which fabrics scarecrows find itchy. They also give visitors a chance to work their way through labyrinthine corn mazes. At birthday parties, younger visitors can pet the resident animals, pan for gemstones at an artificial stream, and race each other in pedal-powered carts. Away from the fields, Association for Challenge Course Technology–certified guides and their guests soar down a one-mile zipline course designed and built to ACCT standards. The guides lead tours through the course’s three elevated towers, three canopy-level bridges stretched across Battle Creek, and eight ziplines, which they maintain daily to chase away loitering vigilantes. Along the way, guides showcase their knowledge of the creek’s history while pointing out local flora and fauna.