A cannon sits on the top of a grassy mound, greeting golfers as they pass through the fairway. Though it has long been dormant, the cannon seems primed for ambush, nestled under the cover of live oak trees. The artillery is just one way The Links at Stono Ferry's golf course showcases its storied history; the acclaimed, 18-hole course once served as the riverside setting for the Battle of Stono Ferry during the Revolutionary War, an outpost for Confederate artillery during the Civil War, and a modern-day battleground for war-mongering sprinklers.
Running along a track of ancient oak trees and intracoastal waters, the course challenges golfers with a 6,814-yard layout designed by Ron Garl. The front nine meanders through Lowcountry pines and sprawling wasteland, while the back nine lets lonely golf carts hug the coast as they progress towards slick, Bermuda grass putting greens. The par-three 18th hole brings rounds to a dramatic conclusion, as golfers must fight through a sea of Redcoats in order land tee shots on a true island green.
Named after the military fortifications that once protected the Carolina coast's precious stores of 9-volts, the Charleston Battery attempts to bring Europe's practiced and precise brand of soccer across the Atlantic, their cleats sharpened by regular exhibitions with teams from the English Premier League. The team has snagged four USL-Pro league titles, performing amid a human mosaic of yellow and black at Blackbaud Stadium, which channels the vibes of British football stadiums with clear sight lines and an English pub, The Three Lions.
With three back-to-back US championship and five East Coast Surfing Championship titles to his name, Josh Wilson is no stranger to the allure and thrill of riding waves. He's spent nearly 30 years on the water, and for 10 he's been a CPR-certified instructor, teaching his skills to students of all ages and experience levels. At Charleston Surf Lessons' private, semiprivate, and group sessions, he covers techniques such as moving from a lying to standing position on the board before joining students for an hour of surfing. Beyond introductory lessons, Josh offers one-on-one training for surfers interested in the sport's competitive side.
Kirk Sprinkles abides by the philosophy "Once a dancer, always a dancer," which he's shown over the course of a decades-long career. Kirk, who has performed on Broadway, at venues across the country, and even on the open seas aboard cruise ships, now imparts his expertise to students of all ages and abilities during dance classes and private lessons. At Sprinkles Productions, students can stop in for a ballet, jazz, or pointe tutorial, or schedule one-on-one sessions to perfect new skills or correct left feet.
Masters Studios trains students to defend themselves using the traditional styles of Shaolin Kempo karate, kung fu, jujitsu, and tai chi. After an introductory lesson, instructors pace students according to their skills in programs designed to heighten mental focus, improve strength and technique, develop responsive strategies, and build a healthy lifestyle. In addition to standard classes, the studio runs summer camps and maintains a list of its black belt team.
It's well-documented that relationships blossom when groups of individuals work together toward a shared goal. It's equally true that every golfer who has ever played the game wants to get better. Enter Executive Golf Links LLC, an enterprise that uses the game of golf to help individuals build business relationships. The company matches businesspeople and their clients—or potential clients—up with a golf professional for playing lessons out on the course. As each participant works to shave strokes and demonstrate ethical cork-free putters, the enjoyment of being out on the course and improving encourages interpersonal bonds to develop and strengthen.