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Tim Chrzan began playing golf in 1963. From the start, he worked with instructors whose methods were ahead of their time, which helped Tim earn a PGA membership in 1983. Today, the PGA Pro heads the instructional efforts at Woods to Wedges: a year-round practice facility equipped with both indoor and outdoor training areas.?

Like his instructors decades ago, Tim has developed a method that is logical and easy to follow for all levels. He combines that wisdom with modern technology, including a putting analyzer and a full-swing bay that measures everything from club speed and path to ball flight and spin. Outside the Woods to Wedges facility, Tim works with golfers at chipping targets, faux bunkers, and even on a replica fairway. In addition to lessons, Woods to Wedges also offers club repairs and custom fitting services.

5901 Hennessey Parkway
Marion,
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An organization of coaches with years of experience studying the game, Breakthrough Basketball teaches clinics for aspiring young ballers. With five 90-minute sessions, students will drill on dribbling and footwork concepts until they double-pivot in their sleep and perform hook shots while bowling. Burgeoning ball-handling skills are nurtured as players learn fundamental techniques—such as post footwork, perimeter footwork, shooting, and scoring off the dribble—through repetition and intense instruction. At no time do Breakthrough Basketball's lessons break into 5-on-5 games or senior bridge tournaments. Clinics will be held at Anamosa school gyms, and separate classes are held for children aged 7 to 10 and those 11 or older.

203 Hamilton St.
Anamosa,
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Affinity Archery & Taxidermy creates a haven for archers and the bow-curious with its 35-yard indoor range and full-service pro shop, and helps hunters preserve their trophies with taxidermy services. The center?s Boneyard range, equipped with Rinehart 3D targets, spinning targets, and 10- to 35-yard Spyderweb target butts, helps shooters hone their talent and take revenge on the target that insulted their mother. Beginner archers can get their bows set up, rent a bow, or take lessons to improve their technique and aim, while experienced bow-slingers can take advantage of paper tuning and speed-check services in the pro shop.

119 Marion Blvd
Marion,
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Cleaved through a dense forest of trees within Wapsipinicon State Park and situated along a bend in the river of the same name, the park?s nine-hole golf course awaits golfers of all skill levels. The course stretches to 3,187 yards, challenging players with tight fairways lined by dense foliage. The history-steeped course opened in 1923, and its clubhouse followed a year later, built entirely by prison labor with rock from the river bluffs, white-oak logs hauled by horse-drawn bobsleds, and a fireplace made with the world's only fireproof stones.

21309 County Road E34
Anamosa,
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Aspiring horsemen and women of all stripes polish their saddle skills at Ventures Riding Center and the extensive facilities at Reichert Ranch. Whether inside the 200-foot climate-controlled indoor arena or out in one of the outdoor pens, they learn proper technique from the center's expert equestrians. While riders learn to make their horses start, stop, and gently accept a treat while passing through a coffee-shop drive-thru, friends and family can look on from one of the comfortable viewing areas.

2550 Hindman Road
Marion,
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Trixie, Chicken, and Zoe?a trio of horses?all live at Ventures Riding Center, where they work with kids of all ages during horseback-riding lessons. The riding program includes group and private lessons, and advanced training in western pleasure, horsemanship, and equitation. The horses can train in large indoor and outdoor arenas, or get their hooves on a basketball to start up a game of?Horse?during their off hours.

2860 16th Avenue
Marion,
IA
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