Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.39 value).
Ed Harris's knowledge of golf could fill a book—and it has, three times over. The PGA pro and author of instructional books that teach golfers about swing dynamics, short-game mastery, and course strategy also shares his expertise in lessons at his eponymous school, which has welcomed high-profile alumni including Clint Eastwood, Alice Cooper, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Private lessons provide personalized programs to improve skills, often using video evaluation to further pinpoint the exact moment the student lost their form and spun into a pirouette. Nine-hole [playing lessons present on-course challenges, and classes designed for juniors teach young players the fundamentals of the game, including how to react when golf carts start bucking.
Few par 3 golf courses boast an 18-hole layout. Even fewer can claim landscape features that include two ponds, a scenic waterfall, and rows of palm trees. Golfers encounter all of the above at Colina Park Golf Course, where 18 holes ranging from 67 to 125 yards require players to demonstrate short-game skills. Colina Park also encompasses a practice facility with a 3,000-square-foot practice putting green and a chipping and bunker area. After a long day of studying the course’s contoured greens, clubbers can head to the full-service pro shop and upgrade their golf gear, grab food and drinks in the clubhouse, or attempt to stealthily immortalize their scorecard on the wall. In addition to the on-course fun, Colina Park Golf Course also houses Pro Kids Golf Academy, which uses the game of golf to foster character development, life skills, and educational opportunities for underserved youth.
2010 Pricing: Camps: $150each / For both Camp AM & PM $200 Private Adult(Ages 15 & up) 30 min= $40
60 min= $60 Jr. Private(Ages 4 to 14) 30 min= $30 60 min= $50 Pre-Paid *Package Discounts 3 Session Pkg $125 / Jr. $100 6 Session Pkg $300 / Jr. $250 10 Session Pkg $500 / Jr. $400
The family-owned Sun Valley Golf Course cultivates a welcoming atmosphere that sets nerves at ease so that youngsters and beginners can make a stress-free foray into the lifelong game. The par 27 excursion politely omits any tee shot longer than 145 yards, eliminating the trepidation felt on long tee shots over water or asteroid craters at larger venues. Nevertheless, small greens and quick changes in elevation keep even more experienced players on their toes and help them to hone short-game technique. The course's short layout ensures that players average less than 90 minutes for a nine-hole round, leaving plenty of time in the day to polish lucky golf balls.
Its simple course layout makes Sun Valley Golf Course a natural place for young club cadets to take up the game. Junior golf programs led by instructor Mike Cortes help kids to develop proper form at an early age through camps, clinics, and classes.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 27 course * Total length of 1,057 yards from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole
Each day, Radar Precision Golf Solutions sets up shop on Mission Bay Golf and Practice Center’s all-grass tee box, inviting golfers to take swings under the scrutinizing gaze of its TrackMan radar. Using the power of Doppler radar, it measures a player’s golf swing in three dimensions and then displays readings regarding critical swing and ball flight variables, accurate to one foot per 100 yards of distance, up to 400 yards. Golfers see in real time their critical swing and ball flight statistics—including such parameters as club movement, attack angle, golf ball spin rate, and trajectory. With this package, students perform a complete gap fitting which can give players a better understanding of each club in their bag and their accuracy at different yardages. They’ll also receive a compiled report at the end of the session to take home and display proudly on their refrigerator.