Jason P. Langley, a class A PGA member, tailors his lessons to the needs and interests of his students and fosters a relaxed environment in which pupils can push themselves to become better golfers. Langley has worked with more than 500junior golfers and provided more than 1,500 adults with course and range instruction to help them perfect specific elements of their games, such as grip and posture. In addition to honing technique during the lesson, Langley advises students on how to structure their independent practice sessions and reconfigure their workout programs to be more effective than a layman's thumb lifts.
Human flight. It's a term that conjures images of a Greek myth, but at Flying Camp, myth is a reality?and gets a happier ending. For it's here that people of all ages get to soar through the air in paragliders above the Sequatchie Valley. While USHPA-certified pilots steer all of Flying Camp's tandem flights, guests can also enroll in training programs to become pilots themselves. These classes teach all the fundamental skills of paragliding, such as launching, controlling the canopy, identifying which clouds are solid, and, of course, safely touching back down on Earth.
More than a dozen different dance-class options teach students the art of ballet, tap, musical theater, tumbling, tap, jazz, modern and lyrical dance styles. A special boys-only hip-hop class guides students through dance moves, and an adult fusion class combines ballet, jazz, and contemporary. An onsite boutique readies students with dancewear including tights, tap shoes, and papier-m?ch? tutus.
The coaches at Universal Gymnastics Dance and Cheer have encouraged movement in all its forms for the past 20 years. Their classes cover the entire spectrum of grace-centered recreation, from coed children's tumbling to competitive gymnastics to classical and modern dance. Beyond the "rah-rahs" they recite in cheerleading classes and "do-re-mis" they bellow in musical-theater sessions, students also develop better sportsmanship skills and work ethics with encouragement from instructors and classmates. Universal's afterschool program transitions kids seamlessly from academic to recreational pursuits when a staffer member picks them up at school and shuttles them to the gym for a snack, an hour of structured gymnastics or dance, and free play.
Fired Up fuels the flames of creativity with hundreds of unfinished pottery pieces, including plates, platters, bowls, and mugs. Amid its orange and yellow walls, the contemporary studio lets visitors choose whatever pieces they want and equips them with paints, brushes, stencils, and other design tools. After the decorating process, the studio clear-glazes and fires finished pieces, making them safe to use with real food or fake food during imaginary tea parties. Fired Up opens its doors for studio sessions, as well as for birthdays, field trips, and special events.
Sporting two distinct nine-hole layouts built more than 20 years apart, Ravenwood Country Club's 18-hole golf course boasts 6,264 yards of splendid fairways running alongside the stately grounds' cerulean ponds and misting fountains. The lengthier of the two, the front nine eases rusty swings and slow-to-wake irons into the round with a relatively open, gently undulating layout before clubbers must contend with the dramatic elevation changes, larger greens, and omnipresent water hazards that await in the course's second act. Before duffers return through the majestic double doors of the clubhouse, they must traverse the climactic 18th hole, a 385-yard par 4 with a stream stationed squarely in the landing zone of aggressive drives and local spacecraft.
Along with its picturesque par 72, Ravenwood Country Club encompasses a recently refurbished outdoor swimming pool and eight tennis courts flanked by covered spectator areas. Guests weary from days looping the course, lapping the pool, or combing the tennis courts for edible neon fuzz can retire to the club's dining facilities, which host everything from quiet dinner dates to lavish events and celebrations.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,264 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 71.0 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 125 from the farthest tees * Four tee options * Link to scorecard