Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Offering an around-the-clock workout venue for casual calisthenics crackerjacks and veteran muscle architects alike, Fitness Premier provides gymgoers with a vast array of up-to-date equipment. A 2,000-square-foot free-weight area offers plenty of space to perfect squats or run a solo barbell relay, and more than 50 cardio machines cut down on treadmill lines and elliptical queues. Fledgling fitness-seekers are also privy to four sessions of small-group training, which put its students through the bodily wringer in an encouraging communal workout environment that’s infinitely preferable to working out in a colony of hive-minded, man-sized ants.
Hale Irwin recognizes that most golf courses have only one signature hole. But you don?t win the U.S. Open three times and rack up 87 professional victories in a storied PGA career by doing what everybody else does. So when Mr. Irwin unveiled his design for The Links at Cottonwoods in March of 1998, he included two signature holes: the 13th, a par 5 extending to a whopping 600 yards, and the 16th, a par 3 with a nerve-racking island green. In 2012, readers of Golf Digest presented Mr. Irwin with a 4.5-star rating in the magazine?s ?Best Places to Play? section for his audacious design and willingness to flout convention.
His distinctive pair of holes highlights a pristine, 18-hole stretch of Scottish-style links, complete with wide fairways pestered by strong seasonal winds but free of wandering sheep that chew on argyle socks. As players chase dimpled orbs across the Meyer Zoysia fairways and tap them over the Champion Bermuda greens, they?ll encounter water-bordering play on more than half of the holes.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,989 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 119 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
You won't have trouble finding something to do at Max Fitness. The gym teems with free weights and LifeFitness strength-training and cardio machines. Exercisers who need a shot of motivation can sign up for a personal-training session or attend one of Max Fitness's many group classes, such as Zumba, kickboxing, and cycling.
The dental professionals at Gililland Orthodontics apply high technology to wayward enamel, working to increase convenience by reducing visits. Doctors R. Todd Gililland, DMD, and Shawn P. O’Bannon, DMD, wield the latest dental equipment to keep oral systems in order. Each one to 1.5-hour consultation helps doctors and patient understand individual orthodontic needs and devise a treatment plan if warranted. Begin with digital photographs and digital x-rays, which minimize radiation exposure. Drs. Gililland and O’Bannon will diagnose overall dental health, spot any problem areas, and direct all molar gremlins to the mouth exit. The doc will then discuss treatment needs, timing, costs, expectations, and dreams of gleaming tooth cities.
Ballroom dance builds coordination, rhythm, and grace, and is an uncommonly enjoyable form of low-impact exercise for a high-impact blind date. The hip-limbering and feet-fancying Memphis Ballroom Dance Company can tackle the leftest of beginner left feet with the beginner ballroom dance class. Through a month's worth of once-weekly 50-minute lessons, you'll learn the basics of rumba, waltz, swing, foxtrot, and tango. Attend the Southhaven location on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. or the Collierville location on Saturdays at noon to sprinkle some rhythm in your bag of twists and shimmies. Unlike a marriage license, chess matches, and tandem Segways, you don't need a partner to attend ballroom lessons