The regulars at Doral Arrowwood Golf Course refer to their 9-hole, par 35 course as the Little Blue Monster, a reference to the famous Miami course that has hosted PGA Tour events since the early 1960s. The lofty comparison has plenty of credibility—both courses were designed by Robert von Hagge, and the original Blue Monster's pint-sized spinoff offers a taste of the same bunkering and waterways that set apart its namesake. The acclaimed course features three fearsome par-threes, each defined by forced-carry water hazards that will put golfers' courage to the test more than a golf cart stuck in reverse. Waterways look to consume errant shots on all but two holes, making precise play a critical component to success.
Though the Doral Arrowwood course is formidable, the facility offers the resources golfers need to prepare for its manifold challenges. Led by a golfing guru whose advice has been sought by the likes of Greg Norman and Nick Faldo, the Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy grooms games with individual and group instruction, computer swing analysis, on-course lessons, and junior golf programs. Golfers can also work on their form independently at a practice facility that includes a driving range, practice bunker, and putting green.
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Actor Jamie Hector has made a career playing bad guys: drug lord Marlo Stanfield on The Wire, criminal Benjamin “Knox” Washington in Heroes, and villain Lincoln DeNeuf in Max Payne. The real-life Jamie, however, has a much different agenda. As one of the three founders of Moving Mountains, he draws New York’s inner-city youth off the streets and into the theater in order to steer them away from negative influences, such as bullying, gangs, violence, and substance abuse. He and his team of industry mentors cultivate an ensemble of young performers, musicians, and writers who create original plays and short films that delve deep into their age group’s social issues while spreading strong positive messages. In Moving Mountains’ film studio, mentors train budding directors, photographers, and technicians to create and promote short films and promotional artwork with the aid of industry-standard equipment. The mentors and their most senior students also tackle social problems at the source by traveling to city schools to educate audiences on topics including bullying, sexting, and how to make good choices in education and personal relationships.
A colorful creature soars high above Rocky Point's coastline. Its rainbow sail lifts, dips, and turns over sandy beaches and a blue ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see. The gliders in question belong to GMI Paragliding School, which makes its home along Rocky Point, a site insured by the United States Hang Gliding Paragliding Association. The school’s skilled instructor introduces beginners to the basics of paragliding, which include ground control, monitoring the weather, theory, and techniques to avoid attracting amorous vultures. After mastering beginner skills, new flyers can join Long Island Paragliding Club to pursue dreams of someday touching the sky’s ceiling.
The ASA-certified instructors of New York Sailing School have been teaching the exhilarating art since 1968. With access to a fleet of beginner-friendly Sonar 23 skiffs, they instruct courses both on land and water, venturing out into the Long Island Sound with tender-footed aquanauts and Waterworld fanboys alike. NYSS alumni and ASA-certified sailors are also welcome to rent boats for daytime jaunts across the water.
Certified USPTA and USPTR tennis guru Coach Bobby instructs racqueteers of all ages and abilities using his fun, casual QuickStart approach. Designed by the United States Tennis Association, this training method introduces the sport to fledglings by using smaller courts, slower balls, and disabling the game's chaotic multiball mode. Coach Bobby also tailors each private lesson to the student with specific techniques, such as improving a serve or developing a stronger backhand by repeatedly challenging people to a duel. Treaty Park's six lighted tennis courts gives players ample stages for Andre Agassi impersonations against a backdrop of 47 scenic acres of municipal park.
Greenburgh Nature Center boasts approximately 33 acres of woodland preserve teeming with trails and gardens, attracting more than 70,000 nature lovers each year. Animal enthusiasts can investigate the indoor live-animal museum and its more than 100 specimens, and knowledgeholics can binge on the center's continuing research on American eels, waterfowls, eastern screech owls, and flatworms. Outdoor animal displays abound with creatures such as prairie dogs and rabbits. The upcoming exhibit The Way of Water follows the progression of Westchester's watersheds and includes live aquatic animals such as the invisible mermaid.
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