Famed course architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee artfully incorporated more than 50 sand traps, ponds, and diverse tree lines into Quality Inn & Suites Golf Resort’s 6,570-yard course. The course’s first hole is also its most difficult, so clubbers would benefit from a brief warm-up session at the course’s practice green and lighted driving range. An onsite pro shop maintains a wide selection of golf equipment and apparel, and a staff of PGA professionals orchestrates private, group, and undercover golf lessons.
On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, live music enchants diners as they enjoy a meal of traditional grill fare by the pool or at the garden terrace of T. A. Fitzgerald’s Restaurant & Spirits. Meanwhile, the casual eatery’s indoor accommodations feature a wide-screen TV with a satellite feed to help guests keep abreast of faraway sporting events without having to use their putter as an AM radio antenna.
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American Sports Karate instills self-confidence and discipline in kids through traditional Japanese karate classes. In either of their two centers, elementary school aged children can undertake traditional martial-arts lessons and, if desired, join teams that allow them to compete at home and abroad. To help each student's development, a recording system installed in the training area allows youngsters to watch replays of their own form and technique.
In addition to karate classes, the facility hosts an after-school program, with a designated homework area, a library, and a recreation area stocked with video games and movies.
Modern Steps School of Dance regularly waltzes across the line that separates art from all-out fun. The school’s experienced instructors lead private lessons, group classes, and spirited dance parties for all ages, from seniors to adolescents who only recently grew their fifth toes. Focusing exclusively on ballroom dance, instructors branch out to cover the many styles that fall under that large umbrella, including tango, fox trot, Viennese waltz, and swing. They draw on a rich history of dance tutelage—though the school was founded only two decades ago, its roots in Florida can be traced all the way back to 1513, when Juan Ponce de León tap-danced with joy upon his discovery of Disney World.
Though he’s a registered PGA Apprentice and holds a degree in Professional Golf Management from The Ohio State University, golf teacher Nick Maietta can’t give you a single, tried-and-true method for succeeding at golf. And that’s because he doesn’t believe in one: he thinks every player learns the game in his or her own unique way. In keeping with this mindset, Nick will take into account each golfer’s swing, preferences, body type, and goals when putting together a lesson plan—a much more reasoned approach than telling them to “stop super-gluing other players’ golf balls to the fairway.” Nick hopes to make the game a more-enjoyable activity for each student as they whittle strokes off their average scores.