For more than 15 years, Steve Goforth's career in the golf industry has seen him take on a wide range of roles. He started playing the game at the age of 8, and soon went on to earn a letter on his high school's varsity squad. His foray into the business side of the game came in 1990, when he was hired by Hejaz Golf Course as a cart attendant and a maintenance worker. While there, Steve learned the ins and outs of the industry, witnessing the operation of a successful golf course from giving lessons and consoling trees after golfers' vicious attacks. He eventually got recruited as a custom club builder and certified fitter at Slazenger, and later managed and taught at a golf center. Today, Steve has returned to his original stomping grounds at Hejaz Golf Course as a Class A PGA Professional, and invites novices and experts alike to take part in his private lessons and group clinics.
When confidence wanes. When bullies close in. When poor health looms on the horizon. PRO Martial Arts of Greenville’s instructors preemptively thwart these instances of vulnerability with their unique blend of korean martial arts. Combining tang soo do, tae kwon do, and hapkido, the system not only instills self-esteem and poise, but also self-defense techniques and strength. Classes engage kids and adults with quick punches and kicks, but only sessions for children integrate the signature Armor program. It focuses on preventing bullying, both in person and online, by familiarizing kids with precursors to intimidation and arming them with the techniques to handle it.
Grandmaster Marshall Gagne knows combat inside and out—as an American soldier in the '60s and '70s, he served on the Green Beret skydiving team, as well as the Army's parachute team. When military duty took him to Korea, though, he picked up some hapkido on his travels, and it piqued his interest in a new type of combat: martial arts. Now an eighth-degree black belt, Grandmaster Gagne currently helms several all-ages martial-arts centers, with classes on hapkido, karate, and other self-defense techniques.
Yellow, blue, green, purple, and black belts hug the waists of students inside Carolina Karate & Fitness, identifying the wearer's martial-arts skill level. Students of all ages learn how to high kick and punch their way across the studio’s mats and karate chop wooden boards under the instruction of owners Sensei Tommy Hood and Troy Hirsckorn. In addition to improving pupils' karate skills and physical fitness, the owners take pride in building discipline and character in their students.
Six weeks. That's as long as it takes to transform a body from flabby to fit and a temperament from guarded to vivacious. That is, if you join The North Pole Dance Studio's Six Weeks to Sexy course. One pole-dancing class per week eases students into the workout while they gain not only muscle mass, but also sass.
As one of the state’s largest public-practice outfits, The Eagle Zone Golf Center’s 22-acre campus houses all the amenities of a comprehensive golf-training facility. The all-access day pass gives both novices and seasoned pros ample opportunity to improve every facet of their game alongside a friendly staff of experts. Unlimited range balls allow slaphappy drivers a chance to blow off some steam on the driving range, while the short-game area and putting green hone precision, dexterity, and golf-clap etiquette. Eagle Zone’s heated and covered tees afford winter-weather practice, meaning that come spring, you’ll be able to unleash a barrage of bogeys, birdies, and eagles so potent, your caddy’s hair will turn tartan.