Fox Hollow Golf Club's narrow, scenic terrain challenges athletes with holes that reward precision over distance. Climb aboard the included golf cart and traverse Fox Hollow's 7,077-yard, par 72 course, littered with orb-hungry mature trees, methodically placed bunkers, and water hazards shaped to resemble cinema's most famous rain puddles. Each hole attempts to distract golfers' pinpoint shots with awe-inducing views of the Wasatch Mountains, and punishes those who overplay their long drive by swallowing their ball in the expansive roughs. Though not included with today's Groupon, customers can practice their putts and celebratory bogey boogies in Fox Hollow's lighted practice areas before swinging for the greens.
Many golf instructors grow up loving the game of golf, but precious few can say they inherited their passion from a golf legend. As the son of Billy Casper—1970 Masters champion, two-time U.S. Open champion, and 1978 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee—Byron Casper is one instructor who can say just that. He serves as the chief lesson-giver of his eponymous golf academy, carrying out the day-to-day instruction on the range at Thanksgiving Point Golf Course. He helps players improve by making tweaks to both their swings and mindsets, relying upon video analysis to reveal the presence of backswing hitches and downswing giggle fits. Students can elect to take direction on the range, within a TruGolf simulator loaded with more than 75 famous golf courses, or out on the course, where the player will receive coaching on strategic aspects of the game such as course management and awareness of the rules.
Could you survive a zombie apocalypse? Zombie Apocalypse’s haunted house dares guests to live out this scenario trapped inside the XSI Factory, where haunted scenes tests their mettle against the unrelenting forces of diseased, flesh-hungry corpses. In this interactive setting—designed by professional set crews and manned by gorily outfitted actors—guests put their survival skills to the test to see if they can get past the hoards of the undead who crave nothing but your brains or the unlimited borrowing privileges for your Encyclopaedia Britannica collection. The set design and zombies' costumes and makeup realistically immerse guests into the terror, and they are also encouraged to dress up and do their best zombie impressions. To avoid the long lines, clients can purchase fast-pass tickets or opt for the VIP package to get mauled within the sinister scenes faster.
As a high-school-athletics coach that engaged in a wide variety of workout systems, Crossfit Cedar Ridge owner Doug Meacham found the CrossFit method was a natural fit. Instead of engaging in numerous exercise routines to meet optimal results, he could obtain the same results with the ever-changing and intense daily workouts of CrossFit. It’s a system that uses functional movements, training the body to be ready for all physical activities—from the athletic to the quotidian. He and his team of trainers teach the system in a group setting that fosters camaraderie as well as a sense of commitment to each other and their goals.
The 18-hole course at TalonsCove Golf Club hugs the northwest rim of Utah Lake, leading golfers on a shamrock-shaded jaunt backdropped by the craggy skyline formed by the Timpanogos Mountain. Architect Gene Bates designed the course in a links-style format, the ancient design scheme that features numerous deep bunkers, frustratingly high rough, and few trees bent on blocking flight paths and asking for group pictures right before an important shot.
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Captivated by the adventures of Robinson Crusoe, a young Dan Whiting signed up for a wilderness survival hike in search of similar swashbuckling. It didn’t turn out as he had hoped. “The only thing I learned was that you can get really hungry and really thirsty in the desert.” Whiting vowed to approach his own outdoor adventures differently. He now believes nature can be abundant and nurturing rather than barren and trying—provided you have the tools to understand it, that is.
Although Whiting has studied dozens of field guides, he learned his most valuable lessons via firsthand experience. To wit: he has eaten 78 plants to date and knows just as many recipes. On one expedition, Mr. Whiting was delighted when a participant turned to him and said, “I had no idea there was so much food up here.”
The wilderness expert acknowledges that people may learn skills that could one day save their lives. But his ultimate goal is to transform the way people think about being outdoors. “When you are familiar with animals and plants, you feel free. When you have intimate knowledge of how something tastes, feels, smells, then there’s no fear of it anymore. It’s just everyday life."
Junior Golf Academy inducts golf neophytes into the lifetime sport's eternal mysteries, offering a three-tiered kids golf curriculum, classes, and clinics for elementary through college-age youths. After tooling strokes at a driving range, putting green, chipping areas, and a simulation machine, the club's elegant arc will add oomph to shots and bait feral rainbows. The first one-hour small group lesson will be used to place mini-golfers according to their skill level, and the second and third will continue to teach them the sport's essentials. Equipment is provided for junior golfers.