Legendary course architect Donald Ross began design on the first nine holes of Delray Beach Golf Club in 1923, and when the course officially opened for play in 1926, players embraced the layout's variety of shot scenarios. When the course closed during World War II, the grounds sat idle, forcing the course carts to join the Allied forces as lightweight tanks.
Delray Beach Club reopened in 1945 and, five years later, the city sculpted a back nine to create a modern, championship course that stretches 6,907 yards for a par of 72. The original challenges still exist today, beckoning golfers to rely on every club in their bag as they take on par 4s that range from 347 to 451 yards, where treating the hole like a par 5 is often the best strategy. A stream enters play on five holes, running parallel to both the par 5 first hole and the par 3 sixth, forcing players to fight the urge to chip onto a passing lily pad and let it carry the ball downstream.
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When Jamie Frith steps on a golf course, flagsticks cower in fear. Or at least they should. Pins have been imperiled by Jamie’s golf skills his whole life, from his junior success—he won Michigan’s Junior State Championship in 1965 and 1967—to his collegiate career, for which he earned All-American honors in 1974. Today, Jamie passes on his pin-hunting panache in lessons conducted at his own indoor golf studio, where he holds court with the help of a golf simulator, video swing analysis, and a sassy but warmhearted three-wood named Woody. A golf instructor since 1984, Jamie’s pedagogical success rivals his triumphs on the course, as he has helped coach 14 students who have achieved PGA member status and 10 pupils who have earned college golf scholarships.
The cheery pop of hooves against dirt roll across Aberdean Riding Academy’s 170-acre facility. The academy’s insured trainers ride alongside the rail fences separating riding trails, a 1-mile racetrack, and seven full-size arenas. Atop the close-contact saddles used in english riding, the team leads lessons that stress safety and are intended to equip riders with leadership skills. Sleek steeds carry the riders as they practice for trail rides, Olympic runs, or attempts to steal a centaur’s identity inside the show arena or on the grass Grand Prix ring.
Sunshine Meadows Equestrian Village's sprawling 170-acre campus boards up to 678 horses, allowing steeds to roam green acres, tracks, and rings. Eighteen hurricane-resistant barns house 40 horses apiece, replete with tack rooms and end rooms. Riders can take their horses out of three different-sized tracks or make use of two FEI-regulation dressage rings. The facility's human-centric amenities include barbecue and picnic areas and an onsite restaurant.
At Haastyle Martial Arts Academy, instructors focus on teaching their students safety and proper technique, while maintaining a positive, non-competitive environment. Their style of choice is the Counterpoint Tactical System—a discipline with roots in Filipino martial arts that covers armed and unarmed training, as well as kickboxing, grappling, and ground fighting. By demonstrating focused strikes, locks, and throws, the black belts on staff enable students to carry their lessons over from the classroom to the real world.
The academy offers sessions for students as young as 3 years old, among them are junior and adult programs that include a fitness element, channeling the resistance of bodyweight to tone muscle. As they progress through different class levels, students learn to fight with sticks and other weapons in addition to their fists and their pointiest elbow. The curriculum even includes a Doce Pares stick-fighting program, which draws from other styles such as Aikido and Judo.
At Extreme Punch Martial Arts, seasoned instructors lead classes that teach both children and adults how to defend themselves from assailants using karate techniques and how to punch through a cinder-block wall to frighten construction workers. Other classes focus on martial arts–influenced fitness such as cardio kickboxing, upping heart rates rather than uppercutting opponents.
A veteran fighter and instructor for over 30 years, Barry Stephen helps impart fighting skills to the next generation at Stephen's Karate and Kickboxing Center. Boxing, kickboxing, karate, and MMA classes meet seven days a week, teaching self-defense skills, concentration, and self-control to amateur fighters, first-timers, and children. In addition to his other responsibilities, Barry serves as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, where he is always on hand to roundhouse a misbehaving snack machine in the teachers' lounge.