The instructors at Focus First Firearms Training, LLC don't have to brag about their skills—they can let their resumes do it for them. After all, they're made up of NRA-certified firearms instructors, IALEFI members, IDPA and IPSC competitive shooters, IDPA-certified range-safety officers, and even certified martial-arts instructors. Together, the team teaches real-world firearm techniques in the safety of carefully conducted classes. Using live ammunition, students hone their marksmanship while under duress, and they practice proper drawing techniques, shooting on the move, and shooting from cover. Close-quarter live-fire drills and hand-to-hand combat are regularly practiced on private fields, and instructors discuss different marksmanship techniques for shotguns, rifles, and pistols during advanced classes on tactics and weapons. Classes are held at different locations and employ a martial-arts dojo for physical skills and private live-fire courses for tactics lessons. The Concealed Pistol License courses comply with the State of Michigan requirement under Section 5J of 1927 Public Act 372.
Capital City Skydiving's air-riding experts take first-time and experienced jumpers to the stratosphere for jumps above the scenic vistas of Southern Michigan. Tethered to clients, they guide tandem rides to facilitate first tastes of terminal velocity before coasting in for a soft landing. To accommodate licensed skydivers with a current reserve parachute, the staff guides planes over the business's own scenic landing zone so jumpers can take to the air on their own. Beginners who wish to become full-fledged divers can opt for the Accelerated Freefall program, in which aficionados teach the skills necessary to make solo jumps such as how to handle equipment or merge into goose traffic without a blinker.
Chris Laske and Mike Dowdy started wakeboarding when they were teenagers. Years later, after countless rides and competitions, they are far from bored with the sport, and at Wake Sessions they’ve branched out from wakeboarding into water skiing and other means of flying behind a motor boat. During the duo’s private and group lessons, their 2013 Malibu Wakesetter tears across Loon Lake, pulling veteran athletes and complete beginners alike. Like pretending to be a construction worker, wakeboarding is impossible without the proper gear, so the crew stocks equipment from high-caliber brands such as Hyperlite.
Fitness-minded visitors sweat their way through The Sports Club’s more than 100,000 square feet of equipment, group exercise classes, and workout-enhancing amenities. Patrons who thrive on camaraderie can get energized during group classes in one of five practice rooms, and lone wolves can try their hands, limbs, and cores at weight machines by Cybex, Hammer Strength, and Life Fitness. Seventy cardiovascular machines fill the rest of the floor space, each equipped with a personal television that can play any home-brought DVDs, CDs, or flip books. During the warmer seasons, staff members uncover 2 of the 3 pools and 5 of the 14 indoor tennis courts, creating open-air recreational opportunities that earned the facility Hour Detroit magazine's award for Best Outdoor Tennis Court in 2008 and 2009. Employees can keep an eye on guests' youngsters in the childcare room, which brims with age-appropriate activities for toddlers and stuffed-animal focus groups.
• For $20, you get two seats in section LTC10, RTC10, RT10, LT10, or RT11 (a $26.50 value before fees, or up to a $39.95 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $25, you get two seats in section LTC8, RTC8, LT8, or RT8 (a $36.50 value before fees, or up to a $50.20 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
Tucked away in the shadows of pines and hardwoods that were planted in the late 1940s, Timber Ridge Golf Club's 6,585-yard course roams through dense tree lines, rolling hills, and native marshland to form a scenic, challenging layout. The Club's new golf carts come equipped with internal GPS systems, which tell players the distance they must hit the ball to clear water hazards, the yardage at which a dog-leg fairway begins to curve around the trees, and the whereabouts of every squirrel that has a golf-ball burglary on its record. The 18th hole brings rounds to a dramatic end, as golfers must dial in their approach shot to a green guarded by water on the left side and bunkers to the right.
Golfers can improve their skills with lessons from Class A instructor Greg Beavers, who became the club's head golf pro after a stint at Walt Disney World Golf. In addition, players can fine-tune their swings at the grass-tee driving range or master short-game strokes at the chipping and putting greens. After rounds, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and cold drinks from a full-service bar await at Rubey's Grill.
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