Golf professional Ben Mutz pioneered his signature method of golf instruction in 1987 and continues to shower pupils with nuggets of knowledge honed from years of teaching the game. The incisive ace has penned multiple instructional tomes, including one titled The Five Objectives of a Successful Golf Swing. Ben tailors the curriculum to the golfletic needs of his charges, from smoothing out putting strokes to teaching newcomers the relative advantages that distinguish a 9 iron from a car antenna. Lessons are typically held one-on-one or in small groups to ensure individualized attention.
With two 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course under its pristine jurisdiction, Green Garden Country Club binds together 45 distinct holes molded to its naturally undulating terrain. The club’s original 18—known today as the Blue Course—winds through dense woods and over numerous swings in elevation, while its other 18, the Gold Course, holds one of the club’s most celebrated features in the 10th hole’s island green. Meanwhile, the 9-hole Emerald Course, the club’s newest, mixes up the style of play with a Scottish links layout, rewarding accuracy off the tee and steadiness in the face of stiff breezes and upturned kilts.
Though on-course play is subject to the whims of Mother Nature, practice at Green Garden Country Club is a year-round affair. In the warm months, players iron out slices and hooks on the 30-acre driving range and calibrate touch on the 10,000-square-foot putting green. When the weather turns colder, players can haul their sticks to the club’s Golf Dome, where they’ll find 42 hitting stations on two levels and practice greens for perfecting putts, chips, and celebratory backflips.
Tucked away in the wooded enclave of Mokena, Willow Run Golf Course invites duffer duos to linger over its nine holes of mature, tree-lined fairways. Seated behind the wheel of an electronically powered golf steed, golfers can jet from hole to hole, making sure to pop a wheelie in greeting fellow linksmen to ensure proper etiquette. Putter in hand, pairs of golfers can descend on Willow Run's array of demanding holes, with variable yardages ranging from 120 to 520, and scheme their way around multiple sand pits and two ball-hungry water hazards. After taming the 2,930 yards of green-graced canvas and then repeating the 9-hole course to play a full 18, sated sportsmen and women can sashay over to the Willow Run lounge for post-game drinks or stick around for the pro shop's after-hours craft class for making personalized terra-cotta golf tees.
Attend classes at Randori Jiu Jitsu and you'll be learning from instructors with impressive resumes. Half of the studio?s staff holds a black belt in either Brazilian jiu jitsu or judo, and one member, Leandro Valdes, actually holds both. The team also includes professional MMA fighter Bobby ?The Wolfman? Moffett and Jiu Jitsu World champion medalist and two-time National Judo champion, Leandro Valdes.Together, these seasoned instructors share their knowledge of Brazilian jiu jitsu, mixed martial arts, judo, and kickboxing during classes at their studio, which is accredited by the North American Grappling Association.
Per its name, Family Martial Arts designs its classes to accommodate fighters of all ages?the youngest students, in the "Tiny Tigers" program, are just four years old, and the adult classes impose no age limit. When it comes to fitness, every student benefits from the classes, which tone physiques and impart key self-defense strategies better than telling everyone that The Rock is your dad. For developing kids, however, there are more holistic advantages, too. The non-violent drills build motor skills and coordination, but perhaps more importantly, they build focus, which can lead to improved school performance and decreased hyperactivity.
At Tiger Kwon’s Martial Arts, aspiring fighters have the unique opportunity to learn a martial art directly from its founder. Grandmaster Kwon, a ninth-degree black belt with more than 68 years of experience, combined elements of tae kwon do, hapkido, and kickboxing to create his own system—Kwon Mu Do—which he teaches alongside a team of fellow instructors. Other classes offered at the studio include Zumba dance fitness and Turbo Kick cardio kickboxing.