Bent-grass fairways and pristine greens connect across 6,484 yards to form Sunset Valley Golf Course’s 18-hole, par-72 course. A stream runs diagonally throughout much of the course, which is made navigable by a series of bridges golfers can cross on foot, astride a peppy golf cart, or on the backs of caddies training to be models for rugby shorts. Golfers must give their clubs a pep talk for occasional high-pressure shots, as water hazards come into play on nine holes and bunkers loom throughout the layout. A staff of PGA professionals presides over the pro shop, ready to schedule lessons to remedy chronic slices and manage the delicate egos of short irons.Course at a Glance:
Mikhail Kogan, the highest-ranking crushalo master in the United States, once taught the hand-to-hand combat style to an elite unit of the Russian military. At Spetsnaz USA—named for that same military unit—he teaches crushalo, a defense method used by police forces and armies worldwide. Kogan stratifies classes by skill level and age, welcoming both kids and adults into his studio.
Like a massive white bubble hovering over the earth, the domed roof of the Highland Park Field House covers 52,000 square feet of field turf that hosts soccer games, lacrosse drills, and golf strokes. The facility is a privately funded not-for-profit aimed at serving local high schools and other organizations who can use the space for recreational leagues and practice.
Open soccer pickup games occur five nights a week, and the field transforms into an indoor golf range on weekdays. Whether it’s used for instructional lessons or invisible boomerang throwing practice, the range gives a place for sports enthusiasts to practice year-round regardless of the weather outside.
The word “KAPAP” is derived from the Hebrew acronym for fearsome, face-to-face combat. Operating under the umbrella of the international KAPAP Academies, Kapap Combative Concepts helps mold students in the skills of modern, real-world combat. A staff of veteran instructors trains up-and-coming MMA fighters alongside first-time students learning self-defense techniques. The gym’s core KAPAP class teaches practical fighting skills similar to krav maga, infused with elements of boxing, judo, and Japanese slappy-hands. Instructors also teach submission grappling, muay thai, and kickboxing skills, and lead dedicated sessions in women’s self-defense. The gym’s combat-fitness classes help build better bodies through a rigorous, boot-camp-style environment that works indoors and outdoors while challenging strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Title Boxing Club began as a cocktail of talents: the fighting prowess of former professional boxer Danny Campbell, the acumen of businessman Tom Lyons, and top-of-the-line gear from Title Boxing, LLC owners David Hanson and Tony Carbajo. Hanson and Carbajo provided the gym’s equipment and outfitted the first location with an onsite pro shop. Campbell put together two signature Power Hour workouts, one based on boxing and the other on kickboxing. Lyons took care of the franchising, and the club has spread all over the nation.
The gyms boast dozens of 100-pound heavy bags that are installed into floor-to-ceiling black metal frames. Inside, students can burn calories and learn self-defense during boxing and kickboxing fitness classes. When the workout's over, they can head to the pro-shop area, where padded cage walls neatly separate the goods from the rest of the gym and provide an excellent place to duke it out over whose T-shirt looks better.