Designed in 1925 by prolific Scottish-born course architect Donald Ross?whose work includes famed American courses Pinehurst No. 2 and Oak Hill?Palatka Golf Club's 18-hole course careens around the swaying trees of Ravine Gardens State Park. Home to the Azalea Amateur Tournament, the course challenges golfers with remarkable hole layouts that thoughtfully weave sand traps, greens, and fairways under a canopy of arbors draped in billowy Spanish moss.
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At Anastasia Lanes and Putnam Lanes, bowlers hone skills on newly renovated, synthetic lanes while using digital, animated scoring systems to monitor progress. Bowlers close frames as a digital sound system broadcasts tunes from the Internet's reservoirs, and personal screens display professional sporting events and documentaries of bears rolling curled-up armadillos at soda bottles. Vibrant orange and blue walls surround the lanes at both locations, with full-service lounges and snack bars that fire pizza, nachos, and pitchers of soft drinks or beer to keep famished gamers from hunting small game with their bowling balls.
The seasoned performers of Piccadilly Circus dazzle audiences of all ages with 90 minutes of acrobatics, comedic high jinks, and trained animals beneath the big top. Audiences gasp at high-flying trapeze artists swooping through the air with the confidence of a kite in a wind tunnel, as well as contortionists able to bend themselves into human bonsai trees. Death-defying motorcyclists roar into a caged globe to perform a 360-degree display of vehicular mastery. Gaggles of clowns coax out chuckles, and a trained elephant parades around the ring, occasionally stopping to memorize an audience member's phone number. General-admission seating surrounds the ring, allowing ample viewpoints from which to observe the boisterous spectacle.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The Amrit Yoga Institue is less a facility for practicing yoga and more of portal to a new way of living. Set on a 6-acre campus with flowering tropical gardens, walking paths, and a tranquil beach, this institute is designed to help its students learn the art of self-discovery and experience greater freedom in their minds, bodies, and spirits. Amrit Yoga is a method of learning and teaching Yoga Nidra, a type of yoga that works to relieve stress and change day-to-day habits, improving sleep, releasing muscle tension, and decreasing anxiety. Learn to understand addiction through yoga and meditation in the Self Discovery Through Recovery program, or train to teach Yoga Nidra through the Yoga Nidra Certification program. The Amrit Yoga Institute also offers therapeutic yoga, massage therapy, and Ayurvedic body treatments to help speed the healing process.