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
The instructors at Cat's Ballroom teach the art of movement—from ballroom dancing to self-defense. During group and private ballroom lessons, they facilitate creative expression though graceful steps, turns, and dips. Wednesday-night practice parties let students put their new skills and homemade papier mâché shoes to the test on the dance floor. Zumba fitness classes fuse Latin-inspired moves such as salsa and samba with energetic beats for a dance-party inspired workout. Self-defense classes round out the studio's offerings, teaching how to defend against attackers with techniques ranging from basic punches and kicks to quick catapult loading.
Instructors who boast first-, third-, and fifth-degree black belts pass along their knowledge of tae kwon do at Wright's ATA Martial Arts. Young and old alike join their classes, looking for physical fitness, self-discipline, safety skills, or tastes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles life. The studio also teaches cardio kickboxing and krav maga, the official self-defense system of the Israel Defense Forces.
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.
Krav Maga differentiates itself from other martial arts by emphasizing the importance of self-defense techniques based on real-world threats and situations. When faced with a threat, individuals need to be able to remove themselves from the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is where Mid-South Krav Maga's relatively simple, yet highly effective means of neutralizing an aggressor become valuable self-defense tools that can be learned and applied by men and women of virtually any age and fitness level.
Head instructor Patrick Terry believed in the potential of the system so strongly that he spent weeks studying Krav Maga in Israel, the country where it was invented and refined. He brought this training back to the United States, intent on empowering students by teaching them to protect themselves from various acts of aggression, including everything from punches and kicks to headlocks and unsolicited knock-knock jokes. Although the self-defense classes do have the added benefit of bolstering attendees' strength, stamina, and flexibility over time, Mid-South Krav Maga also offers fitness-focused workouts that can use heavy-bag work, interval training, and cardio work to get visitors in-shape.