Bristol Oaks Golf Club opened in 1964. That same year, Gary Player set a course record that stands to this day. Though it's probably impossible to match one of the game's greatest players shot-for-shot, golfers can still give it their best while working around the 18-hole, par 72 course. Along the way, they'll encounter fairways lined with mature trees, as well as water hazards that come into play on three holes. Away from the course, golfers can also get some practice in on a large chipping area, a putting green, and a driving range outfitted with lights in case anyone puts out the sun with an errant shot.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total of 6,431 yards from the tips * Four tees per hole * Scorecard
With 70 years of teaching experience between them, Jane and Heidi Wilson form a mother-daughter team that has helped riders learn the grace and technique necessary to win awards throughout the Illinois show circuit. The pair leads horseback-riding lessons at Driftwood Stable that teach students of all ages and skill levels the fundamental skills of hunter/jumper or western styles. Students guide one of the 10 gentle school horses around the facility's 100' x 200' outdoor arena, heated 180' x 200' indoor arena, or acres of verdant pastures ruled by clans of warring bunnies.
Painted the distinctive international orange of the Golden Gate Bridge, to which it bears more than a passing resemblance, the signature bridge at Browns Lake Golf Course crosses the Fox River in style. Players walk over this sleek structure after they’ve made their play off the tee on the par 3 12th hole. Thankfully, they need not fly the San Francisco Bay or lay up on Alcatraz to reach the green in regulation: a 150-yard strike with enough loft ought to do the trick.
Players have been attempting this feat with varying degrees of success since 1921, when the course opened. Wedged between the river to the west and Browns Lake to the east, it's designed to challenge golfers of all handicaps. A round here represents a 6,449-yard loop from the back tees, filled with enough elevated greens to make players reconsider both their club selections and their reluctance to ask their caddies for a piggy-back ride. Though they may want to steer their golf balls clear of it, visitors can admire a bunker in the shape of comic-strip character Andy Gump on the par 3 fourth hole, which was designed to pay homage to local native Sidney Smith, his creator.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,443 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 124 from the back tees
Cutting out through Southport Marina and onto the open water of Lake Michigan, the sloops of Red Sails Charter & Sailing Lessons are impossible to miss. Aboard the beautifully maintained Panache, students or Captain Richard Charette can trim the classic boat's signature crimson sails. Under the tutelage of Captain Richard, newbie sailors learn skills such as flying the spinnaker, steering, and the best wind position for hair whipping. Charters are also available for those who want to kick back on the boat while the crew mans the deck.
Make no mistake about it: one of Gracie Barra Veneration's chief goals is to help students defend themselves in hand-to-hand combat. That's why the studio specializes in Brazilian jujitsu, a martial art that focuses on grappling in close quarters. But there's another, equally important lesson that the instructors hope to impart. The same qualities that make one an effective fighter—discipline, creativity, and self-confidence—are just as useful in other aspects of life, such as work and relationships. The studio strives to instill these qualities in each student, one takedown at a time.
Located in downtown Kenosha, the U.S. Taekwondo Academy is a martial arts school that teaches both children and adults classical Korean taekwondo. The studio was founded by Grand-Master Koang Woong Kim, the highest-ranking taekwondo master outside of Korea. While learning the importance of discipline and respect, students burn calories and build lean muscle as they develop the core self-defense moves of taekwondo. Participants can also compete for belts.