The course at High Lands Golf Club challenges visitors with 6,599 yards of tight lies, concealed obstacles, and fairway trees extending their unlucky limbs into players’ sightlines. Tree-lined fairways and immaculate greens yield some scenic vistas for players bashing orbs along the course’s serpentine length. The signature third hole starts players off from an elevated tee shot that must stay out of the out-of-bounds area on the left, but not drift too far right, where clearing the wooded ravine on the second shot would become impossible. The next shot onto the elevated green is made difficult by the black walnut tree guarding the green, making for an altogether difficult run at par. Toward the end of the round, players must face a gauntlet of obstacles on holes 16, 17, and 18 before heading in for the day. Named the “Bermuda Triangle” for the architect’s tendency to incorporate treacherous waterways and affinity for Bermuda shorts, hole 16 challenges golfers with difficult lies, slippery putts, and water hazards that loom large.
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The Oriental Martial Arts College (OMAC) has been teaching the moogong ryu system of martial arts since 1971. All of the dojang's instructors must know Korean martial arts in order to make classes accessible to as many people as possible. OMAC's classes range from Little Tigers karate classes for kids and tigers ages 3–5, taekwondo, hapkido, gumdo, fitness and healing arts like tai chi and kimoodo, to advanced black belt training with Grandmaster Choi in any of their seven Central Ohio locations.
Baseballs and softballs pinging off bat barrels or popping into the webs of leather gloves echo across the training facilities at New Albany Baseball Academy, where aspiring sandlot stars flock to improve all aspects of their game. Using the same drills and techniques of Major League stars, the academy helps players of all ages and abilities improve their swing, perfect their throwing motion, and field grounders and fly balls with confidence. The academy also encompasses fitness facilities and training programs that focus on improving players' strength, speed, and agility.
Lifelong dancer Leyla Soleil stumbled upon her first belly-dancing class while living in Miami in 2001, and, as she describes it, “everything just clicked.” The high-impact dances she’d previously enjoyed, such as ballet and jazz, were proving increasingly hard on her joints, and with a new child thrown into the mix, Leyla was searching for a new way to express herself physically. After that first class, she grew passionate about belly dance and its ability to build a bridge between cultures. Later living in Akron, she built a thriving studio and dance company—Dance du Soleil—before moving her family to Columbus. Now, when she's not teaching classes at her new studio, Leyla juggles performing, starting a dance-photography business with her husband, and keeping involved in her Akron endeavors.
In her accessible, beginner belly-dancing classes, Leyla teaches fundamental moves that build a strong abdominal core, enable women to embrace their feminine side, and unravel the mystique around the dance form. Part of her philosophy on dance includes its health benefits, as evidenced by one of her former students—a woman who struggled with beginner moves but lost weight and decreased her health problems as she progressed to an advanced level. Middle Eastern music energizes each movement during Leyla's studio sessions, and she often announces each song’s country of origin to illuminate the cultural beauty inherent in the songs.
From an elegant perch in the clubhouse, diners at New Albany Links Restaurant and Grill sup on a menu of classic Italian entrees as they survey the adrenaline-pumping action on the course's 18th green. Seafood enthusiasts can cast a wide net over multiple courses starting with flaky, pan-seared crab cakes with aioli ($7.99), followed by a bowl brimming with angel-hair pasta, fresh basil, shrimp seared in extra-virgin olive oil, and morally upstanding sun-dried tomatoes ($7.99–$14.99). A twice-baked lasagna offers up layers of meat sauce, ricotta, provolone, and romano cheese for toothsome excavation ($7.99–$11.99), and multi-taskers will enjoy the way the chicken marsala mingles pan-seared chicken breast, sautéed mushrooms, and marsala wine into one decadent dish ($7.49–$12.99).
PGA professional Chad Evans couples his expertise as a master club-fitting technician with technology from the TaylorMade Performance Labs at New Albany Country Club to analyze golfers’ swings with digital precision. Previously only available to professional golfers and eccentric billionaires, one-on-one sessions with Chad help to diagnose swing mechanics and outfit golfers with the appropriate club fittings. While players practice swings and birdie-hunting techniques in the laboratory, a course simulator with ball-flight and ball-tracking technology captures swing patterns, ball-flight logistics, and information regarding slices, hooks, and chunks. As links lovers swing away, Chad observes them closely to determine the ideal shaft, head, and grip combination for each player.
At Salsa by Todd, veteran instructor Todd the Salsa Guy leads patrons through sultry steps as they build their fitness abilities and hone their Latin-dance techniques. During weekly group salsa classes, students pair up to master beginner- and intermediate-level routines replete with hip swiveling, partnered twirls, and choreographed piggyback rides. Todd's private lessons reveal the secrets of salsa and Latin styles such as bachata and merengue, accelerating the learning process with personalized attention. Neither class style requires previous dance experience, and the studio welcomes students who arrive solo, in dancing duos, or backed up by a posse of imaginary friends.