At the Cox Classic, world-renowned club swingers battle for PGA Tour positioning on 200 acres of well-maintained fairways designed by golf course architect Jeffrey Brauer. Onlookers enjoy a panoramic view of players navigating through an 18-hole course featuring impeccable maintained greens and molds for creating sand trap castles. A one-day clubhouse ticket grants fans admission to the Champions Run clubhouse, access to the Champions Run golf shop, and an opportunity to witness skillfully executed golf cart wheelies.
Nationally recognized credentials are only the baseline of each trainer's resumé at Optimum Fitness. To top off their NSCA certifications, they all hold degrees in exercise science or a similar field, excluding easy disciplines such as medicine ball anatomy. In practice, they prioritize one-on-one interactions and customized workouts that eschew monotony in favor of motivation. Their high-intensity boot-camp classes keep guests engaged with ever-varying routines that combine calisthenics and weight training. One day, students might heave sand bags over hurdles, flip tires end over end, and complete reps of sit-ups, and the next they might swing sledgehammers, do squats across a parking lot, and push themselves on rowing machines.
In addition to group classes, they trainers lead private sessions at home or in the studio with a joint focus on exercise and dietary health. Working alongside nutritionists, wellness experts, and physical therapists—as well as the Titleist-certified golf fitness professionals who help students up their game—they inspire clients of all ages to achieve their fitness goals with positive motivation and at-home accountability via online advice.
A gauntlet of hazards and omnipresent water reveals a pernicious design sure to challenge any golfer who traverses the picturesque fairways of the Knolls Golf Course. Players enjoy favorable lies when they stay within the verdant framework of rolling bluegrass fairways, yet those who venture astray may find themselves deep inside one of the 46 bunkers or secret caddy caves carved into the course. Four lakes and a river further complicate matters on 11 of 18 holes, culminating in the challenge on holes seven and nine, where a pond intersects the two doglegged fairways at their bends. The back nine presents a more arboreal affair, as players must steer their shots around tree-lined fairways and hope a fellow golfer isn't practicing golf-cart aerials on one of the frequent hills.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole course * Total length of 6,149 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. During your half or full hour swing session, sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green. With the longer evaluation, you'll also earn a golf lesson with a PGA member, plus a recording of your lesson to be checked online anytime and a personal improvement game plan.
The winner of 14 professional titles, Skip Tredway is a former PGA tour member with 38 years of experience as a golf instructor. Tredway's Scoring School program causes scores to plummet by revealing tips to improve all phases of a golfer's short game, from pitching and chipping to digging friendlier hole sizes. In a 60-minute session, Skip can sharpen students' putting skills by reviewing gripping and balance techniques or improve their chipping by identifying hiccups in their swings. Diminish scores further by learning to escape bunkers using only a trained sparrow.
Symmetry in facial features is thought to be especially attractive, but at SG Human Performance, the team is more focused on the beauty of symmetrical motion. During initial one-on-one consultations, trainers assess newcomers with the Functional Movement Screen, which helps them identify asymmetries and imperfections in clients’ day-to-day movements and track their progress.
The golf fitness program helps players of all levels identify physical limitations that are affecting swings. With the assistance of a Titleist Performance Institute–certified instructor, golfers work toward improved ball distance and accuracy, injury prevention, and golf-swing efficiency.
Husband-and-wife duo Mark and Nikki founded the studio to help clients correct these imbalances, and attain the alignment most conducive to fat burning. They achieve this with the help of their team of certified instructors through group classes and more intimate training sessions. Known as the "Art of Eight Limbs," muay thai kickboxing classes use pad training to help participants develop speed, power, cardiovascular endurance, and fighting spirit. Group sessions may also focus on yoga or kettlebell workouts alongside muscle-building exercises that utilize tractor tires and medicine balls, which can be used as weights or swallowed pill-style.