Mississippi Dunes Golf Links' sophisticated, 18-hole layout blankets 3,000 feet of rolling Mississippi River shoreline with manicured, bent-grass fairways and an inventive, tree-lined design. As golfers cruise over the course atop a cart or a caddy training to be an Olympic power squatter, majestic views of the river appear through groves of trees that shelter native prairie creatures. On their odyssey from tee boxes to speedy, contoured greens, golf balls must split fairways to avoid sidelines riddled with mounds, pot bunkers, and knee-high grasses—a trinity of hazards that imbue the course with a Scottish, links-style vibe. A memorable tee shot awaits at the 399-yard, par-4 fifth hole—the course's most difficult, nicknamed "Humpback" for the large mound in the middle of the fairway as well as its voracious appetite for krill—where golfers must draw or fade drives around a dogleg left.
After hacking their way across the breeze-swept links, guests can unwind at Doc's Landing Pub, where a menu of traditional grill fare, fish, and pizza sates tour-worthy appetites. Patrons can look out on the river on the Pub's patio, catch up on the day's sporting events in the glow of a flat-panel TV, or discuss how greenskeepers maintain the immaculate felt that covers the billiards table.
Named one of 2012's top 100 five-star bicycle retailers in the United States by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Penn Cycle and Fitness has helped its customers enjoy smooth cycling for more than 57 years. From spare parts to automobile racks, the shop carries a large assortment of bike-riding gear for casual and serious excursions, while also offering repairs. During repair classes, the staff imparts its knowledge of bicycle mechanics onto pupils, who walk away from the 90-minute sessions with the ability to adjust brakes, fix faulty chains, and provide other other helpful bike-related tips to make sure you learn how to take great care of your bike.
The professionally trained dance instructors at DelMonico Dance pride themselves on teaching youngsters to pirouette and fan their jazz hands with an array of competitive and recreational dance classes. They teach ballet, jazz, tap, and hip-hop to boys and girls starting at two years old during four- to eight-week sessions over the summer, through the school year, and during Leap Year’s 13th month. They also lead fitness classes such as barre, cardio, and Pilates classes. Additionally, DelMonico Dance offers childcare services for parents while they work out.
The consortium of professional and certified instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic, certified teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Lady Katherine's founder, Katherine Fossler, strives to foster a sense of sisterhood and support during workouts that emphasize sassy fun while trimming down waistlines and boosting self-esteem. She and her fleet of passionate instructors teach gals of all shapes and fitness levels to spin and twist on the studios 20 poles or to plant their feet on the ground during traditional fitness classes and the Signature program, which blends exotic dance moves into a muscle-sculpting regimen to tone cores. The 90-minute workshops cover various tantalizing topics, such as chair dancing, pole-dancing basics, and holiday-themed strip-tease sessions, which motivate ladies to don alluring garb such as a mini Mrs. Claus dress or a sultry shift made from Krampus fur. Ladies can host a private dance party to shake up girls-only gatherings, celebrating a birthday or bachelorette party with 90 minutes of dancing and posing for flirty photos.
Gordon Franks and Pat Worley are more than black belts. They’re ninth-degree black belts who share their chosen martial art with youngsters and adults alike through USA Karate, the school they cofounded. The school - which opened in 1973 and has been operating for more than 40 years - was featured on the local CBS station and teaches self-defense techniques that help students graduate to higher-level belts and translate into increased agility, coordination, and self-confidence.