With a lineage that traces back more than 30 years to its founders' respective schools, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has grown to more than 200 locations nationwide. Tiger Rock's primary focus is tae kwon do, through which certified trainers teach youngsters the skills to defend themselves, as well as confidence and discipline. Adults can learn tae kwon do as well or encounter martial-arts moves in a calorie-torching aerobic workout. Tiger Rock also partners with sports teams to bolster their training or with corporations to get their employees up, moving, and healthy.
Meadow Links Golf Club stretches its grassy reaches over the rolling hills of George T. Bagby State Park. The par-72, 18-holer bears all the distinctive elements of a Scottish links-style course, including deep rough, narrow fairways, and few trees to block sudden, kilt-lifting gusts of wind. The 7,007-yard course shares the park's 700 acres with a lake, swimming beach, and plenty of lodging, as well as a restaurant for post-round eats.
Valley Pines Golf Club challenges golfers with its nine-hole, par 35 course, stretching 2,499 yards from the longest of its four tee positions and composed to test a player's precision golf game. The David McQuary–designed course presents fairway trekkers with a manicured landscape dotted with perilous water hazards. One hole features a true island green—similar to the TPC at Sawgrass's signature 17th hole—that challenges golfers to airmail their shots over the moat and onto the island, where it will join a marooned, heavily bearded Tom Hanks.
The seasoned aqua men who own St. Mary's haven for Scuba aficionados also own the 6,000-square-foot building that houses the business. The diving specialists oversaw the construction of what would become their own self-contained underwater-experience facility. Adding to varied careers that encompassed naval service and cave diving, Bruce MacDougall and Chris Whitlock opened Diver’s Den in 2000, scheduling charters for open-water dives or practice dives in the company's heated, indoor pool. Over the last decade, Diver's Den has become a well-regarded source for both recreational diving instruction and professional training of rescue personnel.
The team of PADI-certified diving teachers at Diver’s Den regularly explores the region's offshore diving sites aboard its 36-foot Gulfstream boat, the Georgia Wreckreation. The team members once memorably aided the underwater investigations of famed wreck historian Richie Kohler (whose conquests have included the Titanic) as he dove off the Georgia coast to visit mysterious sunken wrecks and his snooty in-laws who live in Atlantis' biggest mermansion.
Instructor Russell Mace leads students of all experience levels through basic ballroom, Latin, and swing-dance steps during relaxed group classes. Styles of twinkle-toeing vary from week to week, so pairs of students may practice the swift steps of the cha-cha, trace the sweeping circles of the waltz, or learn how to avoid getting rose thorns stuck in their teeth while performing a sultry tango. In any of the offered styles, the roughly one-hour class works to ensure that all attendees advance past the level of hokey-pokey befuddlement. See Downtown Dance's Facebook page for upcoming session information.
The quality of any education depends on the classroom, and there's no better place to learn to scuba dive than Key West. At Diving Key West, scuba experts take full advantage of the region's aquatic treasures, which include wildlife such as coral reefs and manta rays swimming in year-round 80-degree water with clear visibility. Classes range from scuba tours, charters, and lessons to tutorials in freediving, spearfishing, and snorkeling.