At Physique Pole Studio, enthusiastic instructors extol the sensuality of pole dancing alongside its inherent fitness perks, helping students unearth their confidence, define muscles, and burn up to 500 calories per hour. Seven brass poles stand staggered throughout the spacious studio. In addition to dynamic classes, instructors lead pole parties to get women in a sassy mood during bachelorette parties or before defending a dissertation.
Cleaved into a pristine expanse of rolling hills and dense woodlands, Chisel Creek Golf Club’s 18-hole course gently rises and falls across 6,203 yards of moderately challenging terrain. Large, undulating greens supply the bulk of the difficulty at the par 70 course, complemented by tight tree lines and dramatically sloped terrain that forces more awkward stances than a middle school dance. A duo of duffers can loop the lush labyrinth astride a nimble golf cart before retiring to the Creekside Grille to refuel with a homemade chicken-salad sandwich (a $5.50 value) or a zesty buffalo-chicken wrap (a $6.50 value).
At Elkton Golf and Batting Center, visitors get to hit spheres of varying sizes; the family-friendly sports complex houses an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 30-station driving range, and eight batting cages. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, overhead flood lights keep athletes awash in an electric glow even after the sun goes down, as they smack line drives back at the pitching machines and run through driving range buckets in attempts to knock that smirk off the man in the moon’s face.
Designed by renowned course architect Gilbert S. Hanse, Inniscrone Golf Club combines vintage golf design with awe-inspiring vistas and marked elevation changes. After recruiting a cart, a pair of ball-whackers can reconnoiter the par 70 course while enjoying the lush scenery accented by impeccably manicured fairways and misplaced football players. Draw on years of pin the tail on the donkey with several tee shots that arch over hills, then unveil a newly swaggered putt and strut on greens that send balls speeding across the emerald ground like greased bowling balls down an ice luge. Although now a public course, the once-private Inniscrone Golf Club has a challenging design, intricate details, and troves of slumbering elephants in the fairways.
The cracks of baseball bats, the slaps of softballs meeting mitts, and the advice of an experienced team of instructors resound within Thunder Stix Baseball & Softball Academy's cavernous 11,000-square-foot facility. Baseball and softball players alike hone their cuts inside eight pitching machines that can be adjusted from 40 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour, and brush up on their fielding technique inside four netted astroturf tunnels. Robert Banner—the academy's owner and the head softball coach at Alexis I. DuPont High School—and his instructors use the well-appointed digs to help players of all abilities develop their skills in every facet of the game, including batting, fielding, base running, and agility.
Since opening in 1975, Candlelight Dance Club has chased a single, unwavering mission: to curate an appreciation for ballroom dance while teaching its many styles. Six instructors stand ready to lead dancers through training to conquer foxtrot, swing, tango, waltz, and rumba steps. By offering both private and group lessons, Candlelight combines one-on-one attention from an instructor with group sessions that provide more camaraderie than a firefighting team moonlighting as a cheerleading squad. A bright, wood-floored studio hosts classes as well as the club’s weekly dance parties, which allow participants to try out learned moves in real time before debuting them in public. Many dance enthusiasts note a handful of dance-inspired benefits as their confidence shines, stress fizzles, and cardio endurance boosts.