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In View Golf renders rainchecks obsolete by virtually teleporting patrons to more than 30 famed golf courses—including Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill—via 12'x9' high-def projection screens. As golfers take to the cyberlinks, video analysis software, previously available only to touring PGA and LPGA pros, records every swing, capturing such statistics as shot distance, club-head speed, and the golf ball's potential earning value. During a 45-minute private lesson, In View's professional instructors analyze the videos to make individualized adjustments to patrons' natural golf swings. Or forgo in-person tips on chips and grips, and instead opt for a round of 18 holes in the golf simulator with a fellow iron-wielder, using the instant video feedback to see and measure the results of tweaks to techniques and tempers.

7048 Old Canton Rd
Ridgeland,
MS
US

Guided by 27 years of martial-arts experience, seventh-degree black belt Jason Griffin helps budding martial artists cultivate their skills with his team of certified Taekwondo instructors. Since 1996, they’ve helped students of all ages learn self-defense, compete in tournaments, and take pride in the practice of martial arts. The team’s dedication has paid off: In 2012, the Jackson Free Press awarded them the title of Best Martial Arts Studio. In addition to taekwondo classes, the studio hosts birthday parties, boot camps, and more.

125 Dyess Road
Ridgeland,
MS
US

It was 2007 when event planner Desmone Black bought her first dance pole. She realized that a pole's presence, like an elf in a bustier, could add just the right mix of sauciness and whimsy to a party. When she brought dance polls to her events, the women loved it. That got the cogs in Desmone's head turning. Pole dancing could make for a really fun workout. And that's how Sway Dance and Fitness was created. At the studio, Desmone teaches students the fundamentals of pole dancing in beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes.

801 South Wheatley Street
Ridgeland,
MS
US

Whisper Lake Country Club's verdant course encompasses 4,645 yards of kempt bermuda-grass fairways into a compact-but-challenging par 64 course. Golfers can prepare for rounds with swing-loosening stints at the driving range. There, wise players will focus on mid-length shots and keep drivers securely covered so they don't recognize rounds of golf are being played without them. Various short, drivable par 4s line the course, eschewing the longball in favor of pinpoint long irons or fairway woods, encouraging duffers to direct orbs to hospitable landing areas and set up favorable angles to approach fast, tifdwarf greens. Four sets of tees make the course surmountable for golfers of all abilities, and its compressed yardage—the 18-hole course only features two, relatively short par 5s compared to nine par 3s—allows duffers to complete rounds in about three hours or less, freeing up valuable time to tend to workday obligations or mow basement shag carpets into in-home putting greens. Cart rental is included in all options.

414 Annandale Pkwy
Madison,
MS
US

Head Master Park and the staff at Martial Arts Academy help students find a path of total lifestyle wellness, building their physical strength and character during tae kwon do classes. Having been awarded the Presidential Sports Award and taught in England, Korea, and the United States, Head Master Park possesses the know-how to lead students of all ages, experience levels, and body types. In his classes, he teaches students valuable self-defense and martial-arts techniques while instilling the tenets of the martial-arts way: respect, self-confidence, and discipline. Martial Arts Academy follows 10 distinct teaching principles that include aspects such as staying faithful to friends, respecting elders, and celebrating every life milestone by breaking a board in half.

2160 Main St
Madison,
MS
US

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Celtic Heritage Society's CelticFest brings together traditional music, dance, art, and culture to Mississippians with live performances and special booths from local vendors. On Friday night, 15 acts will perform on five indoor and three outdoor stages from 7:00 p.m. through 12:00 a.m., reliving the Gaelic tradition of settling conflicts with a Battle of the Bands. Catch international acts including Scottish songwriter Brian McNeill or Irish pluckers The Fuchsia Band performing Celtic-style tunes from their native lands. Eclectic locals, Wild Irish Roots, will fuse traditional Celtic music with American staples such as bluegrass, rock, and star-spangled banners. Revelers can redeem their tickets for premium beers such as Guinness (5 tickets), domestic brews (4 tickets), or cool bottles of water (2 tickets).

1150 Lakeland Drive
Jackson,
MS
US