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.
Designed by renowned architect David Pfaff, the 27-hole championship golf course at Quail Chase Golf Club splits into three par-36 courses that wind through the area's lush scotch pine, maple, oak, and dogwood trees. Limber up stiff clubs at the course’s practice facilities, which prep ungainly irons for an 18-hole run with bermuda-grass tees, a USGA practice putting green, and a reserved area for rehearsing pre-shot ritual baths. Golfers can strike through two of the club's three 9-hole courses, manipulating orbs past the angular detours of dogleg holes and around four water hazards during approximately 4.5 hours of play. Concealed cart paths obscure scenery-marring vehicles and help to keep play flowing by restricting fairway victory laps to every other shot.
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.
Glenmary Country Club’s 18-hole golf course sprawls across 6,542 yards of carefully cut fairways as they cleave through lofty trees and neighboring residences. Slick bentgrass greens, multiple water hazards, and horn-blasting garden gnomes supply the bulk of the difficulty on this relatively challenging course, which plays to a par 72 from all three tee options. Divot-tearing duos can loop the emerald links astride a golf cart to save their strength for towering drives and confronting the trash-talking squirrels hiding in the dense tree lines that surround holes six and seven. Glenmary Country Club enforces a dress code that requires all players to wear a collared shirt and prohibits denim.
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.
Students at FlamencoTalk stomp to the beat of traditional flamenco steps to experience the elegant art of the Andalusia region of Spain. Novices learn basic skills in laid-back classes on Monday and Wednesday nights led by expert instructor and performer Mariya Tarakanova. Students strap on chunky heels and choreograph their first baby steps through a Tangos y Rumbas session that encourages exploration of the multifaceted movement, using loose choreography to learn improvisation in the form. Beginner Castanets teaches simple exercises that meld steps with tiny percussion instruments invented to rehabilitate puppeteers unable to communicate without a sock on their hand. The Props class and Technique and Repertory session endow graduate-level secrets to veteran steppers. Attendees don't need a partner, making classes an opportune time to meet their future Fred Astaire or MC Skat Kat.
Derby City Mixed Martial Arts, featured on ESPN as a cross-training haven for Kentucky Derby jockeys, coaches both beginners and competitive fighters. Expert instructors showcase such MMA schools as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches leveraging holds to best bigger opponents, and muay thai kickboxing, deemed The Science of Eight Limbs after its signature move of throwing a tarantula at an opponent's face. Classes on agility, cardio conditioning, boxing, and wrestling round off the roster, and open sparring times let practitioners hone their fist- and footwork.