Arcadian Ascents helps students to master the art of open-air rock climbing with guided excursions and onsite lessons for all experience levels. The maximum student-to-instructor ratio for each class is 4:1, and all guides and instructors have earned certifications as single pitch instructors from the American Mountain Guides Association and as wilderness first responders from the Wilderness Medicine Institute. Private and group courses cover material from basic rock movement to custom-designed courses on speed climbing, self-rescue, and advanced rope technique. Arcadian Ascents provides all equipment for most courses, including climbing shoes, helmets, ropes, and mountain-goat bribes.
Rock-ascending buffs can also expand their experience and strive for new personal achievements on guided trips to Mexico or Spain. Veteran climber and guide Josh Wieberg leads his charges with experience climbing from Canada to Italy and wields his BA in history and philosophy to teach in public schools when not scaling their brick walls.
Two large lakes glisten in the sunlight as they cast reflections of the towering trees. At Emerald Isle Golf's 18-hole executive course, the lakes form a nucleus that is surrounded by 16 par 3s and two par 4s. Players must blast soaring shots over the lakes on four separate occasions, unless they’re able to retrieve golf balls with golf-bag scuba tanks and 9-iron snorkels. Prior to a round, golfers can get a feel for putting speed on the practice green and warm up at the full-grass practice range.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par 56 course
* Total length of 2,452 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 72 from the back tees
* Course slope of 113 from the back tees
* Three sets of tees per hole
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Perched atop of scenic Goat Hill, City Center challenges seasoned and novice swingers cross its 4,797 yards elevation-changing fairways and lush greens. Designed by Ludwig Keehn, the par 66 course remains one of San Diego's oldest courses, as demonstrated by the glaring bald spot on its fifth green. Also dubbed "The Goat" by local club canoodlers, City Center's diverse terrain and epic mood swings ensure diverse amusements and shot selections. Par 3 and 4 holes wind through snaky hills of verdant foliage, along with a signature par 5 15th hole that boggles even the most technically skilled golfers. While the course contains no water hazards, its one-mile proximity to the Pacific coast keeps winds constantly shifting, demanding greater hole-to-hole strategy and argyle-knickers outfit selection. Click here to view available tee times.
Notched into a riparian zone draped over North County’s coastal hills, Arrowood Golf Course’s 18 holes usher golfers over 6,721 yards of pristine turf marked by frequent swings in elevation. As the cool ocean breeze billows over the course, bringing with it the cries of oysters whose pearls were mistaken for tiny golf balls, players wrangle with the wide open, Ted Robinson-designed layout. Their travails will lead them past a healthy assortment of hazards including wastelands, fairway bunkers, and water hazards. Each of these converge on the player’s path on the 16th hole, where tee shots threaded through the gauntlet of fairway bunkers leave their owners with dramatic approaches into a green surrounded almost entirely by water.
Arrowood golf instructor Eric Ewing and his staff use the course’s practice range as a laboratory for game improvement. Instruction adheres to a seven-part curriculum aimed at shaving strokes, ranging from physical skills such as putting and the full swing to the strategic mindset of course management.
Course at a Glance:
Like any 18-year-old kid working a job, Prem Carnot couldn't wait to clock out for the day. But instead of calling up his friends after his workday, he had something else in mind. After his shift at Parisian hotel tucked in the shadow of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Prem would grab his gym bag, jog across the Seine, and spend the next five hours practicing backhands and forehands. At that time, his game of choice was ping-pong. The dedication paid off, landing him a spot in the French National Table Tennis Championships.
It wasn't until he moved to Washington state, had a run in with a shrink ray, and met an enthusiastic pickleball player that he redirected his ping-pong prowess into the new sport, travelling the country to compete in tournaments. Today, Prem takes players under his wing to teach them the ins and outs of the sport. Though a master pickleball blaster in his own right, he approaches each lesson with humility, discovering each new student's innate playing style and going from there. The results have been overwhelmingly positive, as former students sing Prem's praises.