Marengo Ridge Golf Club, which began as a modest nine-hole course, endured a 25-year gap before taking full advantage of the surrounding landscape's diverse terrain and expanding into a sprawling 18-hole course. Course architect William James Spear broke ground on the front nine in 1963, designating a large, renovated cow barn as the first clubhouse and cleaving nine holes through densely wooded hills. This layout proved sufficient until a late ‘80s spike in the local caddy population—and business boom—made the addition of a back nine desirable. Construction began in 1988 and, two years later, a new nine-hole track opened for play, presenting golfers with a profound shift in scenery, as this layout was built on an expanse of open farmland. The old clubhouse lasted for three more years, but the awkward location and argyle-wearing cattle called for the construction of a new clubhouse to match the new 18-hole golf club.
Today, golfers enjoy the diverse layout of the 18-hole course from the first hole, the longest par 4 on the course, to the last, a par 5 severe dogleg right. Water enters play on nine holes, including on the first six, creating the potential for an extending water break for thirsty golf carts.
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Dr. Javed Bhojani of Distinctive Dental Care considers himself a student of his craft. He's not content to rest on his laurels, riding on his 25 years of experience and education from Case Western Reserve School of Dentistry. He's working on attaining Master level from the Academy of General Dentistry, which requires advanced training in 16 categories of dentistry. Undertaking 1,100 hours of postgraduate education, Dr. Bhojani has gleaned such advanced techniques as dental implants, one-hour root canals, and laser teeth-whitening treatments.
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Jump ropes hiss through the air, spinning around fighters conditioning for an upcoming match. Sparring partners send each other to the ropes of the blue and white boxing ring with furious blows. Green mats cushion the full-body takedowns during Brazilian jujitsu matches. Top Notch Fitness & Boxing's entire facility echoes with grunts of effort and the cries of coaches demanding one more rep, punch, hop, or kick from each student as they hone their skills and strength in mixed martial arts and conditioning classes. The staff of fighters pushes students—beginners and professionals alike—to perfect their combat technique while shedding pounds, building muscle, and testing whether punching bags can feel pain.
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Since Barbara McNulty founded her school in 1971, it has expanded to 18 state-spanning locations where beginning and advanced students learn the ins and outs of Irish dancing. McNulty herself is certified to teach Irish step solo, figure, and ceili dancing, and instructors lead a host of solo and team lessons to accommodate different ages or experience levels.
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