Mark Toomey once helmed his own recruitment firm in Nottingham, England, on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest, but a disdain for damp winters led him to the sun-drenched beaches of Siesta Key. Since opening Robin Hood Rentals in 2009, Mark has persevered through what he calls "Florida's harshest winter in 30 years," during which temperatures teetered near the freezing mark. He equips visitors with rental land-based and aquatic craft that let them explore the area without having to saddle a horse or propose to a dolphin.
From its perch near the Jim Neville Marine Preserve, the company fits cyclists with a range of beach, mountain, and tandem bicycles; matches riders to a fleet of two-seat 49cc automatic scooters; and trains visitors to venture off on newer-model i2 LeanSteer Segways. They also let kayakers explore the local waterways from sunrise into the nighttime.
The experienced instructors at Beyond Dancing guide students through an array of styles, including tango, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, Irish, Latin, ballroom, and modern dance. Private and group classes are held in a spacious studio.
At Evie’s Golf Center’s mini-golf course, putter-wielding patrons embark on an 18-hole, par 40 odyssey through treacherously sloped, emerald-turf corridors kissed by the gentle mist of hole-side waterfalls. Outduel old rivals with a smooth and dependable putting stroke, or use the round as practice to fine-tune new techniques such as using your own double-gripped putter or intimidating finicky orbs until they take cover in each hole.
Originally opening in 1969 with eight tennis courts and a humble trailer serving as a clubhouse, The Bath & Racquet Fitness Club has done more than endure over the decades. It has thrived. Currently, the club features 29 tennis courts??23 with clay surfaces and six with hard surfaces??as well as a 40,000-square-foot facility brimming with equipment and amenities. This allows the staff to cater to the community's needs and interests, providing an inviting, highly social environment where members can exercise on their own, attend a group fitness class, or even play a quick game of racquetball or squash on one of the indoor courts.
Free weights, ellipticals, treadmills, and a heated swimming pool with six lanes are all on hand for guests seeking a quick workout. With fitness classes available seven days a week, members can find a supportive group setting while they practice kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, TRX suspension training, CrossFit, and more. With the addition of amenities such as saunas, on-staff massage therapists, and a full-service restaurant, the club can also serve as a site for people to simply unwind and relax.
Tennis continues to be a major focus though, and The Bath & Racquet Fitness Club extends its welcome to everyone from casual players to serious competitors. The tennis pros offer lessons that cover the fundamentals of the game, introducing newcomers to the basics of scoring, volleying, and hitting a ball into low orbit. For the more experienced members, the club also offers in-house leagues that allow players to truly test their skills.
Each of the three courses in the Pope Golf portfolio challenges golfers with a unique layout that incorporates pristine features of Florida’s natural landscape. At Misty Creek Country Club, players share a wildlife preserve with exotic birds and try to keep their golf balls out of local vegetation and bald-eagle hairpieces. River Wilderness Golf and Country Club showcases a dramatic layout that drapes across 150 acres of an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Nearing its 40th anniversary, Bent Tree Country Club surrounds players in sylvan beauty as they play their way through a 6,863-yard track that has hosted US Open qualifiers and Florida state high-school championships.
Misty Creek Country Club at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,895 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 137 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
Bent Tree Country Club at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,880 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
River Wilderness Golf and Country Club at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 7,072 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 134 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
Ben Hogan became one of the best golfers of all time because he built a golf swing that performed better with the more pressure he put it under. It would become known as the "delayed release" swing, a timeless example of pure form that continues to inspire golfers and enhance their game. Mark Reason has been using this approach to help students build their own dependable swing mechanics for more than three decades.
All of Mark Reason's services at Reason Golf Academy?from swing analysis to sales of training DVDs to club fitting?are dedicated to helping golfers develop sound, consistent swings. Spreading the wisdom of Hogan's "delayed release" like a veritable Johnny Appleseed of golf, Mark has split time between the states of Florida, known for its innumeral golf courses, and Michigan, known for having the hardest green to hit in the world, the Upper Peninsula.
Mark teaches group clinics and private lessons, primarily coaching students to adopt more vertical swing axes. Where his powers of observation end, a P3ProSwing golf analyzer picks up, reading each swing within a golf simulator and providing feedback with a multitude of data, such as club-face angle, sweet-spot deviation, and each golf ball's ultrasonic cries of pain.