Dr. Tamyra Rogers could not have predicted how spending time on a Navajo reservation would shape her multifaceted approach to weight loss. After spending a year as chief resident at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Rogers directed the metabolic clinic at the Tuba City Indian Medical Center in Arizona. She helped build a wellness center for the Navajo Nation and chaired a program to fight the growing diabetes epidemic. During her time there, she gained an appreciation of the community's holistic health-care philosophy.
Today, Dr. Rogers combines her background in traditional Western medicine with weight-loss strategies that address each person as a whole rather than two children in disguise. Dr. Rogers's team of personal trainers and group fitness instructors complement her own fitness knowledge, which stems from playing college basketball.
The family-run Joe Caruso Golf Academy helps golfers deflate the numbers on their scorecards?regardless of the numbers on their birth certificates. Beginner through advanced players turn to the facility's instructors for guidance during group and private lessons, whether they need to fix a kink in their swing or figure out if they're more of a plaid- or argyle-type person. Outside of lessons, students can practice what they learn at the short-game area, the chipping and pitching greens, or the pair of bunker areas.
One-hour swing-analysis lessons are one-on-one sessions led by Edwin Watts' knowledgeable instructors, who have years of teaching and competing experience hidden beneath their pleats. Students first showcase their swings in front of a video camera, then a human-and-laser-hybrid team analyzes grip, setup, backswing, and downswing to reveal exactly where and when pendulums started hanging out with the wrong crew of slices, hooks, and hamsters. Next, trainers attempt to correct students' swinging problems with personal instruction and a pinch of pixie dust.
The hilly terrain of Woodlake Golf Club has hosted five PGA Tour events, including the 1973 Texas Open, in which Ben Crenshaw notched his first PGA Tour victory. Built in 1972 by Desmond Muirhead, the par-72 course meanders along slopes spattered with such dangers as water hazards and sand traps, which trap sand as part of a scheme to produce low-cost hourglasses. On the sixth hole, a vast pond maroons all three tees far from the green, the fairway stretching tantalizingly just beyond the boggy, aquatic prison. A pair of water hazards squeezes the par-5 ninth hole, where Crenshaw’s first title ambitions were nearly dashed in the final round of the ’73 Open.
Customers looking to polish their game can work with John Clay, a 35-year PGA professional with 40 years of teaching experience. For one hour, John help pupils identify swing imbalances, bolster consistent muscle memory, and distinguish a pitching wedge from a wheat scythe. Freshly minted techniques find their form with a post-lesson round on the Woodlake Golf Club course and a bucket of range balls at the driving range.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Length of 6,691 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.3 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 130 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Scorecard
Pristine tidwarf greens rest at the end of bermuda fairways at Pleasanton Country Club, whose 18-hole, par-72 layout stretches a total 6,529 yards from the tees to pins. In the course of completing a round, golfers grapple with six ponds that come into play on seven holes. The largest hazard of the six sits in-between the 10th and the 18th hole, giving players a chance to live out their dream of losing a ball on their way out only to have it rise dramatically from the water in the mouth of a turtle as they approach the last fairway. Beyond that watery challenge, the 15th hole features a semi-circular pond wrapped around its green, making tee shots a treacherous proposition.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,529 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 121 from the farthest tees * Four tee options
The expansive Texas topography offers plenty of space at River Bend Golf Club for duffers to test their skills, with tee-set options that range from more than 5,200 yards to more than 7,000 yards. Golfers have to dodge water hazards to reach the bermuda-grass fairways and tidwarf greens, including on one hole with an island green.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,030 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 129 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * Scorecard