Since the first fairway drive in 1923, players at Sycamore Golf Club have sent their golf balls cruising down tree-lined chutes blanketed in pristine bentgrass in effort to conquer the course par of 71. The 18-hole course straddles the Kishwaukee River and extends to a total length of 5,817 yards from the back tees and 5,302 yards from the front tees. A meticulous maintenance team keeps the course in excellent condition, meaning golfers will rarely have to hit out of fairway divots or find their golf ball running away with vagabond gangs of crabgrass tumbleweeds.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 71 course
Total length of 5,817 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 68.2 from the back tees
Course slope of 120 from the back tees
Two sets of tees per hole
Dance One Fitness gets bodies in shape with high-energy, women-only Zumba dance classes held in a fun, results-oriented atmosphere. Zumba dusts the dance floor with hypnotic Latin rhythms that sculpt muscles, pump heartbeats, and burn calories. Classes at Dance One Fitness blend the rapturous rhythms of salsa, merengue, samba, flamenco, and more to trim figures in a supportive environment. The music and steps evolve on a regular basis so booties don’t get bored after consecutive classes. Students of all fitness levels can take part in Zumba classes, dancing as hard as they want to exorcise a desired amount of sweaty demons while burning as many as 1,000 calories in a single session.
Marengo Ridge's congenial director of instruction and the coach of more than 3,000 lessons, Greg Baresel prioritizes fun as well as golf fundamentals to develop consistent, powerful swings. Baresel's relaxed coaching style and custom improvement plans have helped to banish embarrassing bogies from the games and noses of beginner and professional athletes. After fleshing out goals, bodies and minds focus on the three graces of golf—grip, stance, and alignment—to lay a foundation for future par chasing. Finely tuned positions promote coordination and sidestep swing flaws, and budding kinesthesia fosters insight into correcting errant club paths or safely picking up bindles. Hone a newly acquired swing on the course's driving range ($5 for 50 balls; not included in this Groupon) or indoors in the event of weather.
Decades in the saddle has shown Randy Manuel and his partner, Jackie, that the art of horseback riding is much about becoming one with the horse, so their style of instruction involves a more nuanced approach than traditional instruction. Students begin with the universal fundamentals, but as their experience advances, Randy and Jackie show them how to ride with the horse's natural rhythm while maintaining a relaxed balance. Since these skills must be carefully cultivated, Randy and Jackie conduct each lesson in a one-on-one format, up until students are ready to participate in A-level competitions. The 62-acre Contento Farms sets the backdrop for hunter/jumper instruction, affording students access to a 140'x240' outdoor arena and an 80'x200' indoor arena.
Horses trot across 59 lush acres of Illinois countryside at Platinum Farm and leap over obstacles on a training course. Students of all skill levels can learn proper techniques and horsemanship during horseback-riding lessons. At weeklong summer camps, equestrians bond with horses through riding and crafts, culminating in a lavish horse prom. Platinum Farm also offers boarding for horses in 21 bedded stalls with daily cleaning, turnout, and nutrition management.