A good golf swing has many moving parts, from gripping the club correctly and to the smooth follow-through. For more than 14 years, LPGA teaching professional Brenda Daniels has fine-tuned those parts at Quail Chase Golf Club—a 27-hole championship course hemmed into Louisville's scotch pine and dogwood trees. As the facility's head instructor, Brenda leads lessons to help dissect the swings of both youth and adult golfers. To this end, she often utilizes slow-motion video analysis, which allows her to pinpoint flaws in the swing. Brenda also helms a number of special programs, including camps for kids, clinics for adults, and ladies-only sessions of Golf 101.
Golf combines the complex intermingling of physics and coordination to a level no exoskeleton-toting evil genius has been able to harness at his underground volcano lair. Designed by renowned golf-course architect David Pfaff, Quail Chase Golf Course boasts a picturesque terrain spotted with lush trees, kempt greens, and pop-out shooting-range targets. As Louisville’s only 27-hole championship regulation course, Quail Chase challenges golfers with water hazards, sculpted white-sand bunkers, and an expertly planned layout devoted to elevating the level of play.
Strong Hold Climbing Gym at Hester's Family Fitness beckons to rock clingers of all skill levels with more than 4,000 square feet of top-rope routes, bouldering, and peerless climbing classes. With padded floors throughout, Strong Hold's crew of climbers can scale the multicolored routes with no fear of hard falls, and Strong Hold equips each climber with the harness, shoes, and cliff-badger bait necessary for topping its walls. Introductory classes, taught by master stone whisperers, cover the basics of rope work, proper knots, and the techniques required for pulling on slopers or crimps.
An 18-hole, par 72 golf course undulates across the grounds of Glenmary Country Club. The front nine showcase picturesque holes six and seven, both par 4 and nestled into woods with lush foliage framing each fairway like a leafy, squirrel-infested beard. With a large water hazard guarding the 12th hole, golfers aim to vault their shots over the water and onto the green using a 9-iron, wedge, or T-shirt cannon. Before hitting the links, warm up short games at the course's pitching and putting greens or at one of its two outdoor bays for driving.
At age 7, Jung Oh Hwang began practicing martial arts in a small village in South Korea. As a young man he represented his home country at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he earned a silver medal in judo. At Hwang's Martial Arts, Grandmaster Hwang and his staff pass on decades of martial-arts wisdom to the next generation, instilling technical combat knowledge and imparting valuable life lessons on self-discipline, perseverance, and teamwork.
Since opening the doors in 1986, Grandmaster Hwang has dedicated both time and money to bettering the lives of others. Hwang's has raised more than $750,000 for the local community and has a named playroom in the new St. Matthews Kosair Children's hospital.
The talented instructors at FlamencoTalk instruct students in the basic vocabulary, steps, and execution of flamenco, a passionate style of dance that originated in the Andalusia region of Spain. Experienced instructor and performer Mariya Tarakanova encourages all levels of leg-shakers to strap on a pair of sturdy shoes with chunky heels, a well-fitted shirt, and comfortable pants and pick a session of four classes for undulating in this relaxed, fun-spirited learning environment. No partner is necessary, opening up dancers to meet their future Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, or Gilbert Gottfried amid arm sweeps and foot stomps. The classes may be attended in non-sequential order, and the $25 registration fee is waived for Groupon users.