Sculpted into the rolling hills of western Illinois, Clinton Hill Golf Course?s undulating fairways flow into large, challenging greens across two distinct, nine-hole layouts. Mature arbors pepper the landscape, threatening the autonomy of airborne balls while providing scenic, shady plots in which golfers can pause to gawk at the layout?s lush greenery and herbivorous golf carts grazing on native grasses. A longer layout and a higher concentration of bunkers supply the bulk of the difficulty on the front nine, and water hazards await at seven holes on the course?s back nine, placing a high demand on confident swings and deft club selection. Those looking for new gear can peruse Clinton Hill?s pro shop, which peddles golfletic apparel and accessories from the game?s top brands. After a round of aggressive pin-hunting, players can retreat to Clinton Hill Bar and Grill, where guests can enjoy live sporting events on one of several TVs or revive sleepy golf bags with an icy beverage.
Becky Kern began teaching dance classes in her basement in 1961. She had just five students who paid a mere $5 a month, but before long the tapping of toes had her neighbors complaining so she opened Becky Kern's Dance Studio. Today, Becky's daughter-in-law and granddaughter keep the studio running smoothly whether teaching 3 year olds how to move creatively with their bodies or coaching teens on the competitive dance team. Six days a week, groups gather to practice tumbling, jazz, and contemporary dance moves in front of the studio's full-length mirrors, where students can follow along with instructors. BYOB ballroom-dancing classes are also available for adults, who can pop corks and learn swirling steps during fun, engaging classes.
In addition to private instruction, NRA-certified instructors teach Illinois concealed-carry classes and two NRA courses: Basic Pistol and FIRST Steps.
The staff members at Keep Calm & Carry Firearms Training take the first two words in their company's name seriously. Whether they're working with beginner- or advanced-level students, the instructors teach how to keep clear heads and stay calm under pressure?both essential skills for safe firearms ownership.
Briarstone Riding Academy’s Jena Larsen went “horse crazy,” as she puts it, around age 10—when she took her first horseback-riding lesson. She quickly developed her riding skill, competing in shows and eventually even training other riders. Now at Briarstone, which she opened nearly a decade ago, she brings that expertise to horseback-riding lessons, focusing not only on flawless showmanship, but also responsible horsemanship, sportsmanship, and fun.
Stonewolf Golf Club bears one of golf's most venerated distinctions: it's a Jack Nicklaus Signature course, meaning that the legendary golfer personally scouted the land and helped shape the layout. Only three other public access courses in the country can make this claim, and the par 72, 6,943-yard layout is one of only four Nicklaus Signature courses in Illinois and Missouri.
The course itself reflects a distinct design effort, particularly in the way each nine closes with a dramatic challenge. A 447-yard par-four, the ninth hole is the course's most difficult, forcing golfers to play a long approach shot into a green guarded by bunkers on both the front and the back. Giving the course a sense of symmetry, the 18th hole?the second-most difficult track?is also a long par four at 446 yards, and the round concludes on a two-tiered green that creates treacherous putting scenarios. GPS-equipped carts give golfers yardages to the green at all times, so they can leave their 300-yard tape measure at home.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course designed by Jack Nicklaus * Length of 6,943 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.4 from the tips * Slope rating of 136 from the tips * Five tee options * Scorecard
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old?12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.