"Shotmaking is really what's dying in modern golf," said Eric Iverson, the course architect behind Staley Farms GC's 18-hole track, citing a problem that he set out to remedy when designing the course. He sculpted the 7,267-yard layout with an eye for subtleties, firm terrain, and contours that invite multiple shots to achieve the same end?provided the golfer has the imagination to envision them. Iverson also bristles at the idea of a "signature hole," and perhaps he has a point; this course has too many gems to shine the spotlight on one in particular. The inventive design is plain from the very beginning. A 460-yard dogleg left, the first hole starts the action off with a teaser of a tee shot: aim to the right portion of the fairway and you're likely to be safe, or aim left and attempt to cut the corner while risking losing the ball in heavy grass. These are the types of mental challenges that Iverson built into the course, which offers five tee options to cater to players of different skill levels.
The course sits in the shadow of a handsome clubhouse forged from stone and wood that would not be out of place at a ski resort. The facility includes banquet rooms, a bar and grill, and a weight room.
Under the direction of grand master Yang, a multi-martial-art black belt, the students at Yang Masters United Taekwondo Center gain physical and mental empowerment in challenging tae kwon do classes. Classes focus on powerful punching and kicking movements to improve coordination and flexibility. The tae kwon do self-defense style employs a systemized training curriculum that distinguishes advancement through symbolic progression such as belts and increasingly solemn head nods.
Students who commit to the principles of tae kwon do notice mental and personal benefits in addition to the physical ones. Elevated self-discipline and concentration equips pupils with unmatched staring-contest capabilities, and improved confidence galvanizes leadership inside and outside the board- or classroom. Each session of tae kwon do encourages groups of students to train as a whole rather than as separate individuals as instructors stress unity during drills and heated games of Red Rover.
Martial-arts classes at Pride Martial Arts / Karate For Kids boost confidence and physical fitness in both adults and children. Classes for kids as young as 4 years old focus on building gross motor skills and self-discipline. Adult-geared classes teach tae kwon do techniques, advanced self-defense moves, and weapons training. Instructors also open their doors for birthday parties, where the birthday kid dons a black belt and cuts the cake with a special samurai sword.
A certified permanent makeup instructor and licensed tattoo artist, Kim Hausmann keeps her fingers on the pulse of the beauty world, gussying up clients with the latest trends in permanent makeup and spa services. After a consultation, Kim applies tattooed eyeliner, beauty marks, and lipstick with hypoallergenic, dermatologist-tested pigments that are fully smudgeproof and waterproof. Kim also services clients who need scar camouflage, areola coloration, and treatment for vitiligo.
Though Robert Trent Jones himself never stepped foot on Tiffany Greens Golf Club—it opened in 1999, three years after his last course design—his fingerprints are all over the par-72 links. That's because the course was designed by Robert Trent Jones II International, a firm started by the legendary architect's son and the torchbearer of his legacy. In true Jones fashion, the course's zoysia-grass fairways wind through rolling hills and past tree-lined creeks, presenting golfers with numerous opportunities to take calculated risks and show of their mid-range control. As players check off each leg of their round, they can make use of the Prolink GPS yardage and scoring system installed on every cart, which assists in nailing down yardages to the pin and finding the shortest route around a recently crashed UFO.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,977 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
The properties of lasers make them useful for lots of things. They're also good for having fun; at Maze Craze, they shoot across a complex arena or serve as triggers in a puzzle. The complex properties of light also contribute to the Midwest's only mirror maze, a colorful course full of possible missteps, projections, and music.
Patrons channel their inner spy at the laser maze, where they must crawl, slither, and climb through thin green lasers; tripping one won't hurt, but it will sound an alarm and add time to your total score. Last but never least is laser tag, which outfits combatants with cord-free laser weaponry and vests in a challenging, black-lit arena. Games last 7 minute each, leaving time between to don armor or think of laser-related one liners. See the Maze Craze's FAQ page for more information.