Grandmaster Y.K. Kim’s whirlwind life has taken him from Korea to the United States while wearing many hats including author, public speaker, philosopher, entrepreneur, and founder of Martial Arts World. The latter has grown into a family tree of locations spanning four states. At each location, dedicated instructors guide kids and adults through martial-arts classes that aim to instill a sense of confidence, self-discipline, and respect in each and every student. Classes serve as sweat-inducing workouts and an outlet to learn self-defense techniques, which come in handy when you dream your blanket has attacked.
Collaboratively designed by renowned golf-course architect Steve Smyers and champion golfer Nick Faldo, Grande Pines is a dynamic and sophisticated course that provides exciting challenges to players of all skill levels. The layout thoughtfully integrates the surrounding natural arbor and lakes for a picturesque and peaceful getaway that will make your spike-clad Mii green with greens-envy. During your full day of unlimited play, you will be able to practice your putt and pendulum swing to your heart's and club's content, masterfully maneuvering your way through the 18-hole course from behind the helm of a golf cart. Because it generally takes at least a few hours to complete a full round of golf at Grande Pines, most players should expect their full day to include two times through with a break for lunch.
During a round of golf in this region, it’s not uncommon for players to see the occasional alligator sunning itself on the banks of a fairway pond. The same, however, cannot be said for miniature-golf courses, unless you’re playing at Congo River Golf, where the civilized sinking of putts coexists with the visceral carnage of live-alligator feedings. More than 25 alligators wait for patrons to feed them morsels of gator food in an exhibit beside the course. Though the course offers no chance for an encounter with the ancient, scaly species, it enchants players with waterfalls, safari-themed artifacts, and towering rock faces. In addition, Congo River Golf encompasses an indoor arcade and a gemstone-mining station, where guests dig through dirt for fossils, arrowheads, and Neanderthal’s kindergarten time capsules.
Named for former NCAA Division I Academic All-Americans and current tour professionals David Perritt and Bryan DeCorso, the Perritt-DeCorso Golf Academy mines the duo’s golfing expertise to help players of all skill levels polish their own game. Students learn in a relaxed environment at a pace that’s suitable for their needs—meaning beginners won’t be expected to hit the ball 300 yards and experts won’t be given lectures on what wind feels like. Their private and group lessons are held at Fore the Players Golf Center at Falcon's Fire Golf Club, named among Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play in 2010.
Nestled in the shadows of ancient oaks and towering cypress trees, Kissimmee Bay Country Club's 18-hole course takes golfers through 6,486 yards of fairways and greens lined with serene water hazards. In total, the course features a dozen ponds that come into play on nearly every hole, challenging players to try forced carries and other crafty shots. The verdant course also peppers a dash of wildlife into rounds, as sand hill cranes are often spotted along the fairways and waterways. Before taking to the course, golfers can warm up their swings at the driving range or motivate golf balls by showing them how easily they can be replaced at the pro shop.
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Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player and Karl Litten designed Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club's 18-hole, par 72 course, carving a 6,886-yard path through intersecting waterways and the century-old oak trees from which the club derives its name. Water hazards come into play on all but four holes, impeding golfers' passage while attracting wild turkey and thirsty golf carts. Golfers will need sound course management and accurate shotmaking to keep the ball in play on the sloping fairways and small greens that snake through the hazards. Before taking the course, players can warm up swings at a 20-stall driving range or at two separate greens for chipping and putting.
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