1st Tee Golf Range’s luscious, natural surroundings act as a scenic backdrop, delighting golfers as they hone their form from sunrise to sunset seven days a week. At a full 300 yards, the all-grass range and verdant tree surroundings let club swingers experience nature as they carve invisible parabolas into the air with dimpled spheres. 1st Tee Golf Range's friendly professionals welcome long-drive champions, sand-trap-weary slicers, and sunscreen-laden vampires of all ages.
Golf courses are designed to compound players’ mistakes. An errant tee shot winds up buried in the rough, on a side-hill lie, or shut out behind a tree—where golfers may not be able to take a full swing, let alone concentrate on how to correct their mechanics. In golf, the driving range is the only safe haven. Saratoga Springs Golf Range’s all-grass hitting bays provide a smooth, flat surface that lets golfers concentrate on improving their swings and grants amnesty for past swing transgressions in the form of range balls and a course notary who expunges all mulligans from players’ official records.
Saratoga Springs Golf Range helps swings enter into a harmonious relationship with their sticks through custom club fitting, loft and lie adjustments, and regripping services. The range’s club technicians also offer various repair services for snapped club shafts and emotionally distraught drivers.
At Harvest Meadow Farm, instructor Laurie Phillips draws on more than 30 years of training experience to guide her students in the ways of equitation, dressage, and jumping. She trains students of all ages and skill levels, and also trains horses according to natural-horsemanship techniques. Holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in equine studies, Laurie is both experienced and certified in training people with mental impairments, sponsoring a handicap program for Living Resources of Albany in 2010.
Surviving in the wilderness can be challenging—especially during the zombie apocalypse. But some of Wilderness Survival's courses prepare students for just this situation, incorporating practical lessons into a simulated battle between zombies and humans, complete with optional paintball warfare. Other courses focus purely on the practical aspects of survival, such as building a shelter, finding wild edible plants, purifying water, and learning how to roundhouse kick the wings off pesky mosquitoes.
Music industry veterans Stan Denis and Paul Benedetti, both fathers of ambitious child musicians, spent years commiserating about the dismal, calcified state of music education. Deciding to do something about it, the two founded Rock School Music, determined to mix the principles of classical pedagogy with a heavy dose of kid-directed originality. Rather than focusing on scales and hoary old etudes, their instructors encourage students to bring in music they actually enjoy listening to, helping aspiring rockers play their favorite songs and recommending technical drills that directly improve their ability to play the studied piece.
In addition to private lessons, the studio's Rock School program arranges young jammers into bands based on their skill levels, before giving them a weekend practice space and sponsoring regular rock concerts for friends and family. Rock School Music’s studio, furnished with plush leather chairs and a wood-paneled front desk, inspires visitors to pursue their musical dreams with its framed band posters and fern plants that resemble Slash.