Designed to incorporate the freshwater inlets of Lake Istokpoga, Spring Lake Golf Resort pairs a 45-hole golf complex with spacious, course-side villas. The resort’s two 18-hole courses stretch across a total of 13,234 yards of tropical terrain, comprising Panther Creek and its shorter, slightly easier counterpart, Cougar Trail. Water comes into play on nearly every hole on both courses, including Panther Creek’s signature sixth hole, an epic 800-yard, dogleg left that allows golfers six strokes to make par even if they are not a former president. Not to be upstaged by Panther Creek's grassy monolith, Cougar Trail’s ninth hole tests putting power with a colossal, 47,000-square-foot green that places it among the largest of its kind designed by humans. Bobcat Run is the relatively short younger brother, offering expedited par hunting in the form of a nine-hole, 2,561-yard layout.
Spring Lake's standard villas showcase the comforts of two bedrooms, two baths, and a fully equipped kitchen. After a day on the links, patrons can soak in tranquil views of the expansive course and its wildlife of grazing caddies from screened patios, flip through the channels on a TV equipped with cable, or chat softly over dinner and drinks at one of the resort’s two dining options. Outside the charming abodes, a pool offers respite from the Florida swelter, and a health club boasts a variety of exercise equipment.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they use a four-step Sylvan Insight process to design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. SylanSync technology complements in-person tutoring sessions, allowing kids to use iPads to further their learning. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Lipstic Salon & Spa's customizes beautifying treatments to each client, using imported products including Académie de Beauté from France and Davines from Italy. Warm lighting spills over clients as they cross Lipstic's floors, flanked by organic tones and wooden accents, and sink into treatment chairs where five coloring options render locks more luminous and healthy than a supernova on a diet of oatmeal. Before clients abscond to beach vacations, waxing specialists groom manly backs and shoulders as well as womanly bikini areas and underarms. Clients then revivify their visages with a choice from more than a dozen facials and peels that bolster collagen production and imbue epidermises with skin-tightening, age-defying nutrients. To cap off a day of relaxation or soothe away the stresses of chauffeuring children from soccer practice to their stockbroker's office, the multitalented staff also doles out mani-pedis and calming massages.
A full-service optical workshop, Clear Vision Express is powered by a team that can churn out new eyeglasses with eye-blink speed. Journeys toward clearer vision begin with eye exams with Dr. Anthony B. Kouchak. The 15-year veteran doc's specialties in LASIK eye-surgery referrals and hard-to-fit contact lenses are rivaled by his knack for perfectly fine-tuning prescriptions to eye irregularities such as astigmatisms and spontaneous eyelash brushfires.
Post-exam, friendly employees serve as frame sherpas guiding customers through a gallery of 1,000 different eyewear styles by upmarket brands such as Nine West and Nicole Miller. Clear Vision Express boasts an onsite lab that enables optical fabricators to speedily marry frame to lens and present new specs to customers in as little as one hour.
MedSlim Laser?s trained technicians treat as many issues as possible by utilizing four different, noninvasive systems. To shave pounds from clients? torsos, techs brandish UltraSlim?s red-light therapy, which also helps to improve skin tone or sculpt targeted areas with UltraSlim Cold Light and Zerona scanning lasers. LipoRescue bends light waves to smooth the epidermis after surgical liposuction, whereas the noninvasive face-lift tightens facial areas without cables or surgery. To further ensure success of each treatment, every treatment is performed under physician supervision.
The sounds of air hockey pucks whishing toward their targets intermingle with myriad beeps, bells, and general revelry inside Game Time's colorful space, where participants stand captivated by the dizzying selection of games at their disposal. After high-stakes rounds of skee-ball or Cyclone, ravenous players can sidle up to the restaurant at the Tampa location only, where classic American staples such as chicken wings and club sandwiches sate victory-fueled hunger.