The dedicated instructors at Kids Love Martial Arts teach children the techniques of self-defense styles such as karate and tang soo do. But they are just as focused on imparting lessons on discipline, focus, and confidence. The studio's websites shares stories of youngsters who were constantly distracted in school or picked on by their peers. The teachers always prescribe the same medicine: a few weeks in Kids Love Martial Arts classes. The physical aspect of the training engages the youthful participants, but it's the less tangible results that can help them positively channel their energy and confidently stare down the karate-practicing monster under the bed.
When American Karate Studios' Jim Clapp was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum's Hall of Fame in 2008, his role as head instructor was one of the many reasons why. His team of black-belt instructors lead classes in karate, kickboxing, and filipino stick fighting, teaching both kids and adults focus and discipline.
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).
With a total of 36 holes that wind through the wetlands at the northernmost tip of the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Golf Club maintains links-style courses in Rising Sun and North East, Maryland. Patrons have voted their approval of the golf club, which is a host of the 2012 Special Olympics, in Maryland Life's Free State's Finest 2011 list.
As players guide their golf balls through tree-lined fairways at the North East Course, they encounter blooming azaleas ringing the greens in the spring and offering adorable opportunities to express affection for a caddie. Budding golf enthusiasm continues to flower at the Rising Sun Course, where seven ponds poke their way into the line of play and remain a constant inconvenience. Rising Sun?s signature fourth hole, also known as Lookout, offers a prime example, with a vicious pond on the right swallowing up sliced tee shots and unsuspecting bunnies that graze too close to it.
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When PGA professionals Hugo Mazzalupi and Wes Hollis purchased Patriots Glen National Golf Club, they fulfilled a mutual lifelong dream. The two friends had searched for a course to buy for more than a decade, and after acquiring Patriots Glen, set out to create a beautiful new course design for the Elkton community. In 2014, they oversaw extensive changes to the 18-hole course. But following course-wide renovations and a name change, Patriots Glen is once again challenging golfers with its obstacles and wowing them with its beauty. In addition to standard rounds, the course plays host to outings, private parties, and business meetings, meaning execs can find the privacy they seek without convening over lunch in the nearest phone booth.