Fore Lakes Golf Course, carved into Salt Lake Valley in 1974, employs PGA golf gurus to instill the particulars of putting and driving in golfers of all levels. Tailoring tutelage to each student's skill level and body type, seasoned instructors clearly communicate ideas to hone swing techniques and ensure that golfers get the most from their lessons. Detailed video analysis helps break down issues of alignment and posture passed down by early humanoid golfers. Fore Lakes Golf Course sets its lessons against panoramic views of the Wasatch Mountains, making for a pleasant hour on the links.
Academy West gives restless young Utahns a chance to expend excess energy in the form of choreographed dance, tumbling, cheer, or gymnastics classes. The adroit staff of CPR-certified safety gurus is composed of deft dancers and top-notch tumblers who teach thrilling routines to children craving more choreography in their lives. The 22,000-square-foot facility is packed with high-quality equipment and enough protective foam to swaddle a Herculean toddler attempting a triple aerial in place of his or her first steps.
River Oaks Golf Course was carved from the pond-spotted wetlands that surround the Jordan River to form 18 holes of scenic golf. Golfers prime their swings at the course’s 40-stall driving range to prepare for the round, which begins with three consecutive holes featuring prominent water hazards that still hold a grudge against the sun for ending their glacial childhood. Snow-capped mountains peek above tree lines, enhancing the landscape as golfers play the course. Those in need of an equipment upgrade can browse a vast selection of new clubs, clothes, and accessories at the pro shop, where large observation windows let guests soak in views of the course, stare into the glassy waters of the river, or keep tabs on factions of rebellious golf carts.
Since winning an individual all-around in a gymnastics state championship at age 14, Dana Benefiel has racked up state gymnastics championships at the high-school level, served as University of Utah's head cheerleader, and coached squads at Salt Lake Community College. Now the owner of Cobalt Cheer, Dana imbues pupils of all skill sets with tumbling and cheering fundamentals by honing in on proper techniques. Recreational cheer courses for tots and teens improve basic jumps and stunts, while a plethora of tumbling classes range from beginning handstand work to advanced tucks, layouts, and precise Charlie Chaplin pratfalls. Dana also trains the Cobalt All-Stars, a competitive cheerleading outfit that performs tightly choreographed jumping, stunting, and dancing routines at state, regional, and national competitions.
Although several of the coaches at The Swim Academy have backgrounds in competitive swimming, you're just as likely to find them teaching a young child to perform survival floating as a triathlete to increase his or her speed. In fact, the coaches even work with swimmers who have a fear of the water, helping them overcome their anxiety and gain confidence in their swimming technique. The school recommends scheduling lessons once or twice a week for 30 minutes at a time to ensure retention.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Private Swimming Lessons
Pro Tip: Bring a suit, goggles, and towell. Give yourself extra time to find the pool your first time.
The three founders of Scariff Hardiman School of Irish Dance, Stephen Scariff, Alan Scariff, and Kieran Hardiman bring the vibrant footwork and Celtic rhythms of the Emerald Isle’s most recognizable dances to the eager feet of local students. Each instructor comes to class backed by years of performance experience—Alan makes use of the eight years he spent touring with Riverdance, and Stephen draws on insights gained while co-creating and choreographing Irish Dance Invasion, an international hit that introduced the world to the military advantages of red hair. Each man also bears the blessing of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, the world’s authority on Irish dance authenticity since the 1930s.