A lifelong golfer who has putted and driven her way to three Women's U.S. Opens while earning her way in to the PGA Quarter Century Club, course professional Dawn Darter knows the ins, overs, and outs of The Greens' stunningly styled slopes—as well as its recently renovated greens and fairways. During each 45-minute private lesson, Darter tweaks swing mechanics with exercises that incorporate posture, wrist motion, and diaphragm control for more pleasant-sounding victory yodels. Mentor and PGA Professional Life Member Tom Hanson is also on-hand to instruct golfers in new tactics for skimming strokes from long and short games. If you'd rather skip to the part where you hit a ball so hard that it circumnavigates the globe and clonks you in the back of the head, head to the driving range area with a ball key card worth 12 large buckets, or 576 golf balls, and spend an afternoon blissfully pretending that each ball is the unusually small, dimpled white head of your boss.
Balls-N-Strikes' fully astroturfed, 10,000-square-foot facility helps budding baseball stars fine-tune their swing and pitch accuracy with batting cages and professional, one-on-one training sessions. A half-hour in a climate-controlled batting cage invites guests to hone control by taking aim at baseballs, softballs, and imaginary meatballs fired from a personal pitching cannon. Patrons seeking tailored playing advice can meet up with a college or Division I baseball instructor for a 30- or 60-minute training session. Beneath the complex’s 35-foot ceilings, burgeoning pitchers can employ the hawk-eyed perception of a seasoned professional to improve ball grip and overall throwing form. Batters benefit from a one-on-one hitting analysis, wherein a swat guru critiques swings and at-bat stance while demonstrating Socratic arguing techniques on life-size stuffed umpires.
Toes tap, soles crisscross, and ankles point and flex as pairs of dancers whirl across Arthur Murray’s smooth floors, where Sacramento-area hoofers have practiced steps since 1947. A specialized curriculum imparts basics such as foot position and rhythm, as well as how to lead, follow, or trot across the ceiling during beginning classes, and eventually ushers students into bronze, silver, and competition-level gold classes. Graceful instructors certified through the World Professional Dance Teachers Association lead classes and events such as private lessons, group formation practices, core rhythms reviews, and weekly practice parties.
Though supported by a tight-knit community of members, Sparrow Flying Club opens its cockpit doors to the public for scenic flights and pilot training. Its fleet of primarily Cessna aircraft ranges from simple, two-seat sport planes to more complex aircraft; patrons can rent them out for private use, or join an instructor in the cockpit to train for either a private pilot license or a sport license, which requires fewer hours. Each of the club?s locations?one home base at Conway Airport and two satellite locations at other airports?boasts training rooms and runways amply sized for takeoffs, landings, and timed cheetah sprints.
On a January night in 1959, some 600 people packed into the Hotel Marion ballroom for the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame's inaugural induction banquet. The freshly minted organization was to honor the best-of-the-best from the Natural State–individuals who had achieved athletic greatness, and exhibited strong character and leadership along the way. Since that evening more than five decades ago, the Hall of Fame has continued to swell with new members, adding to a trophy case of inductees that already includes the likes of Brooks Robinson, Pat Summerall, and Jerry Jones.
Specializing in Latin and ballroom dancing, Fred Astaire Dance Studio is a national studio owned by luminaries such as New York's Yuriy and Alexandra Datsyk, 1993 Ukrainian Ballroom Dance Champions and Ukraine's representatives to the World Standard Championships. No matter how busy your schedule or how leaden your feet, Fred Astaire’s staff of professionally trained and certified instructors can tailor private sessions to match any dancer's skill level and specific goals.