During a customized or classic tour, you and up to two other city-curious tour-takers will cruise around town in a luxurious 2010 Lexus sedan while getting a cultural, educational, or nightlifeical perspective of the city. Prospective students or long-graduated parents can take the college tour to see major area institutions, plaque lovers can groove on the museum circuit, and those looking for a dose of the past can zoom out to the Mendenhall Plantation; 10 different tour options mean that there are sights to interest a jaded Greensboroian who thinks he's seen everything and the supercilious guest who needs but one tour to be wooed by the sights of the South. Each tour is fully narrated, and Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese translators are available for the foreign dignitary you may have met over a game of hopscotch.
Host of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship from 1977 to 2007, Proehlific Club at Forest Oaks's private course incorporates natural elements such as looming trees and severely sloping hills with manmade sand traps and water obstacles, challenging beginning and experienced golfers alike. Opened in 1962, the terrain was renovated in 2002 after the renowned Love Golf Design group reached out to professional golfers to find out what makes an ideal course. The main improvement, helmed by Davis Love III, was the resprigging of the fairway with bermuda grass, a strain of turf that can handle extreme temperature changes, and a redesign of the new greens. The course was featured on the PGA for over 30 years, and was enjoyed by Davis Love III as well as Rocco Mediate and many other professionals. While the golf course is the main attraction, the club also houses a pro shop, a 25-yard professional-size swimming pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant.
Triple Threat's co-owners and directors Holly Grubb Smith and Kim Moser Hobson are professionals. In addition to their degrees in dance education from UNC Greensboro, they learn more about teaching and dancing every year. Kim has been recognized as teacher of the year by West Forsyth High School, and Holly currently puts her skills into action as a Rockette in the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular. They share their talents in Triple Threat's wide range of classes, which boost self-confidence in children as they explore dance, voice, and dramatic performance. Each part of their curriculum is broken into classes for aged 3–18. Elementary students grasp basics such as memorization and group cooperation, and high-school students attempt advanced skills such as directing or telepathically making audiences cry during dramatic monologues.
From their home base at Deep River Golf Range, PGA-certified instructors Scott Duerscherl and Riley Kurtz help students along the path to lower golf scores. The teachers adhere to an overarching philosophy that there is no single perfect swing that works for every player. Instead, they tweak an individual's natural mechanics to create a comfortable swing that can be repeated even when hitting from difficult lies such as hillside dirt or camouflaged snares. During lessons with either Scott or Riley, students focus on the fundamentals of making proper contact with the ground in relation to the ball and controlling the ball's flight path. Casio high-speed cameras capture each cut for analysis with SwingView Pro software, which can spot swing-inhibiting problems such as backswing hitches and straitjacket polo shirts. On days when inclement weather prevents practice on the range, players can head to the indoor teaching area, complete with a sheltered putting green.
Riley Kurtz’s love affair with the game of golf began when he was all of 13. His mentor Scott Duerscherl showed him how to hammer long drives, master short-game strategy, and everything in between, which sparked a passion for the game that would stay with him throughout his career. One year later, Riley made his high school's varsity squad and won the Most Valuable Player award multiple times after posting the team's lowest stroke average for three straight years. He turned professional in 2008, and a year after that passed the PGA’s playing aptitude test, which assesses a professional golfer’s skills and ability to properly pronounce Louis Oosthuizen.
Today, Riley splits time between PGA qualifiers and teaching the game to others and has given more than 5,000 lessons to both professional and amateur players. His academy, which has a sheltered area so that lessons don't get deterred by weather, even offers high-speed video and computer analysis to enhance traditional teaching techniques.
Wielding battle-tested self-defense techniques and a black belt from Krav Maga Worldwide, Burlington Krav Maga owner Shannon Marshall passes on her combat knowledge to students of all ages. She boils Krav Maga down to its basics for beginners, slowly laying on more advanced techniques, and she covers everything from blocking a punch to disarming a gun-armed assailant in the back seat of a car. One of her courses focuses on self-defense techniques for women, teaching them how to defend against larger or stronger opponents. She also provides training exclusively geared toward law-enforcement officers, helping them protect themselves from sudden assault, as well as a plethora of fitness classes.