Led by Golf Range’s Top 50 Golf Instructor Ralph Landrum, World of Golf’s staff of game-improvement gurus help players lower their golf scores with an array of golf-related activities. Private lessons conducted inside a climate-controlled swing room allow students to launch golf balls out onto the range while four cameras capture bad habits such as flat takeaways or saying “um” too much during their follow-through. Afterward, players can use their instructor’s pointers to build muscle memory on the rest of the complex’s practice facilities, which include an outdoor range with 24 mat tees and two sets of grass tees, indoor hitting nets with eight stalls, and an indoor putting and chipping green.
As soon as golfers feel they’ve practiced enough, they put their newfound knowledge to the test on the executive 18-hole golf course, with 14 par 3s and four par 4s, or the miniature golf course. When weather renders either course unplayable, thwackers move indoors to the golf simulator, which recreates the look and feel of more than 50 courses or a hodgepodge of 18 famous holes but without the extremely long between-hole travel times. World of Golf keeps a busy schedule of lessons, classes, and leagues, all of which can be found on the calendar.
Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, the nationally recognized and trusted franchise now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. Equip a corrective pair of Essentials frames starting at $99.95, or slip on a pair of designer eye enhancers, such as those by Anne Klein and DKNY ($149.95+) or Versace ($205+). Single-vision lenses adjust a singular field of vision. While prices and availability may vary by location, they usually start at about $120 (basic uncoated plastic) and $215 (scratch-resistant plastic) for PearleTHIN, whereas specialty PearleTHIN anti-glare complete lenses ($315) are lightweight heavyweights.
One of Golf Digest’s 100 Best Clubfitters, Golf Exchange equips duffers with brand-name gear and fairway-appropriate apparel. A two-pack of FootJoy WeatherSof golf gloves prevents calluses and provides palm traction ($19.99), and a Club Glove microfabric towel detarnishes balls sullied after landings in sand traps, water hazards, or the groundskeeper’s ice-cream cone ($24.99). A collegiate gift card ($24.99) emblazons games with balls, tees, markers, and towels accented in U.K. blue and white, and the Ping golf backpack piggybacks pros and newbies as they limbo under challenging pars ($49.99). Golf Exchange’s experienced team of player-staffers stands ready to assist equipment searches with well-timed answers or suggestions. Today's Groupon slips snugly into holiday gift exchanges, warming hearts when folded into greeting cards, slipped into stockings, or stuffed into hollowed-out fruitcakes.
The doctors that make up Northern Kentucky Pain Relief's medical team have vastly different specialties. Though this might make for awkward chats at office parties, it also means that clients with pain problems are more likely to find a professional specialized in treating their exact ailment. Some focus on nerve problems—the tingling, cramping, and numbness known as peripheral neuropathy—while others have a knack for the more hands-on relief that comes from physical rehabilitation. A corps of three chiropractors, meanwhile, eases the pain of misaligned vertebrae with chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression. Rather than sticking to one treatment method, the clinic's pain-relief programs often call on a blend of regimens, such as massage therapy, chiropractic care, and pep talks from surly boot-camp sergeants.
The practitioners at In Shape MD guide wellness-seekers through medically supervised diet and anti-aging programs. For their custom medical weight-loss plans, they take data harvested during an initial exam, lab tests, and games of Guess Who, and then use it to build a nutrition plan and personal-training regimen. Weight-management tablets, protein supplements, and B12 and lipotropic shots enhance dieting efforts. The medical experts also track weight-loss progress and provide support for participants through weekly weigh-ins and vitals checks. Guests can also choose weight-loss enhancements à la carte. B12 and lipotropic injections, as well as bioidentical hormone-replacement therapy for both men and women, are always available to increase energy, relieve mood swings, and enhance overall well-being.