The experience at Heron Creek Golf & Country Club begins at the 21,000 square foot clubhouse. Here, an opulent lobby greets visitors as they arrive for their round of golf, tennis match, or bout with the fitness center workout machines. Golfers can make their way through the well-stocked pro shop before teeing up on the 27-hole complex designed by Arthur Hills. Mr. Hills strung the trio of nine-hole courses through the site's near-ubiquitous water, creating many opportunities for golfers to donate their golf balls and make a wish with each splash. Six practice areas and five practice greens round out the club's golf options, further cementing it as a prime location in which to improve at the game.
Designed by Charles Ankrom and built in 1970, Sabal Trace Golf and Country Club sends golfers swinging across 18 holes of undulating fairways, intersecting water hazards, and elevated greens. The course caps off the front nine with its longest hole, a 544-yard par-five with a canal that runs along the right side of the fairway and eventually jets across the fairway in front of the green. After finishing their round on the par-four 18th hole, players can recharge at the Tavern by the Green Restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch daily.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par-72 course
* Total length of 6,755 yards from the back tees
* Four sets of tees per hole
The experienced instructors at Beyond Dancing guide students through an array of styles, including tango, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, Irish, Latin, ballroom, and modern dance. Private and group classes are held in a spacious studio.
Ben Hogan became one of the best golfers of all time because he built a golf swing that performed better with the more pressure he put it under. It would become known as the "delayed release" swing, a timeless example of pure form that continues to inspire golfers and enhance their game. Mark Reason has been using this approach to help students build their own dependable swing mechanics for more than three decades.
All of Mark Reason's services at Reason Golf Academy?from swing analysis to sales of training DVDs to club fitting?are dedicated to helping golfers develop sound, consistent swings. Spreading the wisdom of Hogan's "delayed release" like a veritable Johnny Appleseed of golf, Mark has split time between the states of Florida, known for its innumeral golf courses, and Michigan, known for having the hardest green to hit in the world, the Upper Peninsula.
Mark teaches group clinics and private lessons, primarily coaching students to adopt more vertical swing axes. Where his powers of observation end, a P3ProSwing golf analyzer picks up, reading each swing within a golf simulator and providing feedback with a multitude of data, such as club-face angle, sweet-spot deviation, and each golf ball's ultrasonic cries of pain.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
Golf World's well-manicured, lighted practice facility emerges out of a pine-tree forest to woo golfers with an expansive driving range, while their shop equips gear-less guests with brand-name equipment by Taylor Made, Callaway, and Titleist. Send a bucket of golf balls skyward from the range's artificial turf and bermuda tees, practicing long-distance strokes and improving accuracy by targeting rooftop satellites. A shaded pavilion offers cool respite from sunny summer days, and an assortment of tee heights hones striking skills with all clubs. Peruse the discount shop's extensive selections to purchase a pair of gloves ($10 for two pair), replace a worn-out putter ($29.99+), or usher your 9-iron out of the Bronze Age.