Riverbend Golf Complex is a multifaceted training facility that fosters golf-game improvement from tee to green. Golfers hunt birdies and pars across the complex's 18-hole, 6,701-yard course or hone their approach technique with a round at the par-3 course, ideal for those seeking their first hole-in-one or still potty-training their pitching wedge. A 32-stall covered, lighted, and heated driving range helps golfers add new weapons to their on-course arsenal as they take aim at eight target greens spread out in the distance, and a five-member instructional staff of PGA and LPGA pros and apprentices offers a variety of lesson types to keep swings on track. For a more casual session, guests can putt through the tree-lined greens of Riverbend's 18-hole miniature-golf course. The complex also boasts a discount golf store where guests can replace golf clubs they broke while trying to pole-vault across a creek, with equipment from Adams, Bridgestone, Callaway, and other top brands.
Executive Golf?s resident golf instructors proffer club-wrangling wisdom to aspiring aces from the climate-controlled Redwood Golf Center. Runaway swings gain traction in private lessons with professional golf instructors, who tailor curriculum to individual abilities and needs, helping solidify sound backswings, ball flight, and the ability to drive a ball 300 yards with a swimming noodle. Short-game lessons help shore up proficiency from within 100 yards of the green by covering pitching and putting techniques. Conducted at a nearby golf course, nine-hole playing lessons let pupils consult their golf sensei about swing mechanics as well as course-management quandaries, such as when to lay-up, when to go for the green, and how to earn the trust of territorial flagsticks. The academy augments its swing-honing advice with a bevy of club-fitting and repair services, helping players select the right equipment.
Father-daughter duo David and Danielle Pelham co-own Velocity Taekwondo, where they join up with a small team of coaches to share their love of martial arts and training with anyone interested. Danielle won the 2009 World Taekwondo Federation championships, and David is an award-winning taekwondo competition coach. Together with CrossFit and MMA trainers, they equip clients with fighting and fitness skills. Taekwondo is the focus, however?the academy has its own competition team, and after-school programs accommodate the schedules of children and sentient pencils.
Trotting across acres of lush greenery, the horses at Lake Tapps Equiventures do more than carry young equestrians across paddocks–they help kids achieve their riding dreams. Students can learn all aspects of English and Western riding or jumping as instructors track their riding progress in binders that list concrete goals for the future and provide a leger of past accomplishments. Over time, students earn points for personal achievements in their lessons and visits, which in turn earn them special recognition from the academy and one-on-one Q&A sessions with Black Beauty.
Certified instructor and horse trainer Amber Luce approaches all her lessons with one main thing in mind: everyone learns differently. Whether she's training a horse out of its bad habits or training new riders in horsemanship, she first gets to know her students so she can teach them based on their needs. As she helps her students gain confidence in their abilities, she uses her experience as a Riding Master III to teach them the finer points of riding Western Pleasure, saddle seat, dressage, and other styles.