Amid Missing Link Golf Academy's versatile practice facilities, PGA-certified instructor Ian Segneri rattles off nuggets of golf wisdom to pupils of all skill levels. A cofounder of Missing Link Junior Golf Academy, the passionate linksman imparts wisdom drawn from a career that includes working as a senior instructor at David Leadbetter Golf Academy, coaching four American Junior Golf Association All-Americans, and performing a bark-saving Heimlich maneuver on Jack Nicklaus's dog. With a spacious outdoor practice area that includes a driving range, practice green, and sand bunker, the academy eradicates pestilent mulligans from all areas of the golf game. During one-hour lessons, Ian expertly tinkers with the area each client most needs to improve, from adding distance to drives to whittling tree stumps into serviceable golf tees.
I Train Your Kids is a company dedicated to improving the lives and health of children and families through exercise and proper nutrition. We have a kids gym where families can participate in fitness, kickboxing, and cooking classes. We also do personal training in home for kids or families looking to get in shape together.
The certified instructors at Scuba Bill's Aquatic Adventures guide students through a slew of advanced diving classes as well as specialty courses in spear fishing and rescue diving. They even organize trips to exotic locales, where students can put their skills to use while diving through some of the world's most beautiful underwater scenery.
The course at Greenfield Plantation shares its plot of Manatee County with wildlife-rich wetlands, coiling around numerous lakes and natural marshes. Large, forgiving fairways welcome towering drives off the tee, though many greenside bunkers make approach shots difficult, especially for golfers who associate sand with emotionally debilitating sunburn. Golfers can square up from one of four sets of tees, which can adjust the overall length from less than 5,000 yards to 6,719 yards from the back tees. In keeping with the water-hazard-heavy theme, the driving range at Greenfield Plantation is a large aqua range complete with floating targets, ideal for improving swing mechanics and iron accuracy.
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Tito Gaona's Flying Trapeze Academy defies gravity and provides both beginning sky soarers and naturally airborne gymnasts with expert instruction in flexible flight. Take to the trapeze bar in semi-private class sessions of five to eight students, gliding with newly met friends or toting along your long-lost alter ego or barbershop quintet. Learn the basic swing, dangling deftly from arms and swaying from knees, and then follow up with introductory tricks such as executing taut frontward and backward kicks with limber limbs. For comfortable swingers, the class applies advanced skills such as the catch and return, which involves swinging toward your trapeze partner before flipping over the bar, swiftly grabbing your compatriot's people paws, vacillating back to your perch, and then gracefully fluttering into the springy net below. Sessions are an excellent workout as well as a great way to regain lost confidence in your acrobatic companion after that unfortunate hot-potato incident. Classes are held Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.