Jack honorably served in the United States military for 20 years. Now an NRA certified instructor, he draws upon that fundamental experience to educate people in the responsibilities of possessing and using firearms. Along with Michael, a veteran sheriff's deputy from Colorado, Jack balances classroom sessions and range time to teach students rules for safe gun handling, shooting fundamentals, and pistol cleaning techniques that don’t involve dishwashers. The duo also teaches instructor courses to train the next generation of certified teachers. In addition, Jack also employs Aaron, a certified and experienced gunsmith, who, in addition to acting as an NRA-certified range safety officer (RSO) and instructor in several shooting sports disciplines, is well-versed in the cleaning, repair, and alignment of firearms including long rifles, shotguns, and handguns.
The optometrists at MyEyes Optometry diagnose and treat ocular issues ranging from imperfect vision to injuries. An inventory heavy on designers such as Gucci, Vera Wang, and Lacoste outfits faces with stylish prescription or non-prescription eyewear, and an array of sunglasses protects patrons from the sun and accusations that they aren’t actually fighter pilots. The shop also supplies all types of contact lenses, and newly eagle-eyed patrons strut out after Lasik treatments.
Designed by prolific course architect Willard Byrd, Timberlake Country Club's 18-hole course plots a 6,579-yard trail across a Lake Murray peninsula as it dips southward into the glassy waters. Picturesque views of the lake abound throughout the round—because of its proximity to the lake, the club offers free docking and shore-side pickup for those who wish to arrive by boat or seahorse—and the supersized pool's watery fingers come into play on seven holes. Rounds culminate with dramatic flair at the signature 18th hole, a 483-yard par 5 where a mid-fairway water hazard looms on the business end of a blind tee shot, raising the stakes for players who unsheathe their driver in the hopes of reaching the green in two.
Alongside the grassy course, neon yellow orbs slice through the air at Timberlake Country Club's tennis courts, where tennis pro Mark Gardiner teaches students to hit a forehand passing shot or incite an earthquake with a deafening grunt. The club also houses diverse dining facilities to curb appetites or host social events.
Spring Bank Equestrian Center is an equine playland equipped with pristine facilities including a 17-stall barn, a jumping ring, and a lighted, covered arena. Throughout the year, head trainer Cynthia Cooke uses her well-appointed stomping grounds for instructing students on proper riding technique, a life calling that won her the East Coast Trainer of the Year award in 2010.