Emerson Golf Club summons swings with 18 uniquely challenging holes. Strategically placed water hazards pepper the open terrain of the front nine, and the back nine’s tree-lined fairways provide deciduous detours for off-target tee shots. Players can navigate the courses’ sculpted bunkers and well-groomed greens with a golf cart or use their rides to transform golf games into rounds of motorized polo. Before embarking on crumpet-less tee times, players can straighten out slices on the warm-up range and master trick shots on the 3,500-square-foot practice putting green. With this Groupon, customers and their spirit guides will also receive $10 toward upscale café fare at Muzzy’s Bar & Grill, Emerson’s cozy on-site restaurant.
The player toes the baseline, bounces the tennis ball a few times per ritual, and then tosses it skyward for the first serve. The ball is hit a touch too firmly, and it sails past the service area for a fault. No matter, you get two faults in tennis. The second serve takes some oomph off the stroke while imparting spin, hoping to keep it safely in-bounds. Instead, the ball is lands wide of the sideline for fault number two.
It's common situations like these that certified tennis instructor Peter Ohanyan believes separate an average player from confident players whose skills are refined. Recognizing the need to combat mental obstacles and boost confidence, particularly with beginners, Peter applies all the knowledge learned from playing singles at the NCAA level, coaching a high school team, and earning degrees in psychology and physical education. He takes a positive, reinforcing approach to teaching the game, and employs a wide range of equipment—such as agility ladders, cones, and hurdles—to help his students sharpen technical skills.
PGA Teaching Professional Tom McGuinness hones in swings and sharpens short games in his campaign to help students better enjoy the game of golf. Tom's private and group lessons at the award-winning Emerson Golf Club welcomes every kind of golfer, whether he or she happens to be a junior or an adult, a beginning golfer or Jack Nicklaus's even-better-at-golf cousin. Lessons use video so that the student can easily see what the instructor sees, and range balls are provided throughout the session.
CGI Holistic Fitness & Spa makes it their mission to engineer a world where everyone benefits from "healthy bodies, happy hearts, and peaceful minds." So far, the sprawling mecca of Eastern holistic-health philosophies, state-of-the art exercise equipment, and luxurious spa facilities has conquered 30,000 square feet. The venue features a gym full of cardio and weightlifting machines, as well as an air-purification system. The heated, competition-sized pool hosts aqua-aerobic classes, and the entire 25-yard body of water is pumped through a natural-element filtration system that reduces the need for chlorine in the water. Group fitness classes take place in the gym or in classrooms, ranging from high-energy dance aerobics to meditation-minded yoga classes.
In the spa, patrons relax in the heat of multiple kinds of saunas, some infused with salt, others heated with classic steam, and one constructed of Korean-imported Mec granite, a stone famed for its array of body-friendly minerals. Aromatherapy baths submerge all the senses in a mix of hot water and essential oils. Hot and cold soaking tubs assist members in recovering from injuries, cooling down after a particularly intense workout, or saving their pet snowmen from the ravages of summer.
At Sword Martial Arts, Grand Master Jin K. Seong oversees devotees training in the ancient martial art of kendo, or kumdo, a form of sword fighting nearly 2,000 years old. A member of the International Kendo Federation with internationally recognized rankings, Sword Martial Arts ensures student safety by wrapping combatants in protective gear before they spar to hone self-discipline, develop confidence, and learn how to defeat the black knight's ghost in their attic. Though it originated as a form of combat, kendo's modern form focuses on respect for others and protection of the weak. Mook-sang meditation sessions bookend each lesson, focusing minds on the kendo philosophy and bringing pupils closer to the purity of heart most often found in baby unicorns. The academy’s schedule of classes invites neophytes and younger students to drill in foundational techniques, whereas students 15 and older grip the hilt of bamboo or metal swords under the watchful guidance of expert instructors.
At Bull Frog Golf, instructor Ted Spielman delivers positive results no matter the student's age, ability, or prior experience with the game. He emphasizes fundamentals, suggesting tweaks to grip and alignment for youngsters or creates drills to break bad habits among more seasoned swingers. While his 30-year career has seen more than its share of successes?including several students who have competed in the Jr. World Championships?his loftiest goal is to make the game more enjoyable for every player, even if a job and mortgage disqualify them from ever playing on a Jr. tour.