Lake Murray Golf Center appeals to both putt-practitioners and full-scale iron swingers by placing a miniature course alongside nine regular holes. Quartets can take to the 18-hole miniature-golf course as many times as they desire to send spherical associates caroming toward their targets. Golf balls navigating the littler links must dodge fountains, streams, and a 15-foot waterfall that churns fresh Arnold Palmers.
A former Parelli Natural Horsemanship Professional, Katy Nichoalds teaches students to bond with their horses by building trust and communicating through non-verbal cues. Students remain on the ground at the beginning of their lessons, which lets the horse know who's giving instruction and forces it to pay attention rather than daydream about starring in the Seabiscuit sequel. Once a connection is established, students can experiment with riding without the reins and communicating with the horse through physical contact. By learning to read the horse?s body language, students can engage it in silent conversation as they work through obstacles that may include traversing trails and, eventually, jumping over fences. To round out the Natural Horsemanship curriculum, Katy also sheds light on equine subjects such as proper grooming, which extends from brushing the horse's mane to selecting the best hoof polish.
Tae kwon do master and fifth-degree black belt Daniel Kim is a seven-time state champion and has coached at state, regional, and national championships. At U.S. Taekwondo Academy, he and his staff bring their experience as practitioners and instructors to tae kwon do classes for students of all ages and experience levels. Classes foster the physical knowledge of kicking, punching, and blocking techniques as well as the mental fortitude required to learn perseverance, integrity, and self-control.
As golfers stand over teed-up golf balls, staring down the fairway of Indian Trail Golf Course’s 370-yard 14th hole—the course signature—they may be perplexed by its ranking as the round’s most difficult hole. Though the scorecard reads “short par 4,” the hole packs a good deal of hardship into its diminutive stature. Golfers must aim for the top of the fairway hill off the tee, while steering clear of the boulder on the right side and the large pond just beyond. Players are forgiven for going the conservative route with a long iron off the tee, as opposed to risking the driver or a retrofitted t-shirt cannon. If they leave themselves a decent lie on the approach, a two-tiered green awaits just over the water, making three-putts an all-too-common occurrence.
While not every hole features boulders, uphill fairways, and the ever-present threat of boogeyman attacks, the course is characterized by the ubiquitous threat of hazards. In all, nine ponds and more than 40 bunkers haunt players along the 6,272 yards of Bermuda-covered terrain, lending an air of hostility to the otherwise pristine surroundings.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,272 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 127 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
When Bike to Nature's staffers pool together their roadside fixes and in-shop projects, it adds up to more than 40 years of collective experience. The shop recently relocated across the street from its previous location to a new facility that expands about 4,400 square feet, or twice the size of the former space. Here, the crew stocks a large inventory of new bikes and bike parts to meet any cycling need, whether bikers are interested in commuting, racing, or extraterrestrial advocacy. Biking apparel maximizes riders' sleek speed, and sports-nutrition products such as recovery sports drinks deliver electrolytes, muscle-soothing glutamine, and laboratory-synthesized adrenaline directly into biker's bodies.
Tune-ups and repair services range from quick fixes such as changing a tire to full-body customizations. Bike to Nature's technicians also help patrons learn to repair their own bikes using a precisely measured blend of elbow grease and magic words, and can reveal the best local spots for scenic rides.