Long Beach Golf Learning Center furnishes players with everything needed to calibrate their strokes and lower their scores—especially the space to practice. On its 19-acre plot, an 11,000-square-foot putting area hones short games while more than 80 hitting spaces look out over a 340-yard-long driving range. Of those spaces, more than 20 are authentic grass and 40 come furnished with a Power Tee—an automated teeing system that saves guests the effort of leaning over to set up their ball or the bubblegum required to hire a toddler to do it. When more than space is necessary to bring about improvement, players can opt for lessons with director of instruction Eric Manley or have an expert club fitter tweak their equipment’s loft, lie, or shaft frequency at The Fitting Studio.
The course at David L. Baker Memorial Golf Center doesn't have any par 5s. Its longest par 4 is just 315 yards. But the par 62 course does feature water on 10 of its 18 holes, including a tricky balancing act on the par 3 third hole. Here, players must lift their shots high above an isthmus created by two lakes that run from either side all the way to the green 114 yards away. The potential for big payoffs abound throughout the course, but not without taking on significant risk. Once the sun goes down, overhead lights come up and players can continue their rounds well into the evening hours without exposing their golf balls to the risk of sunburn.
Named a top place to play in Southern California by Golf Digest, the course at Rio Hondo Golf Club leads players on a zigzagging path toward glimpses of glittering lakes and waterfalls. Separated from adjacent holes by aisles of stately pine, the narrow fairways traverse rolling hills and mounds strategically placed to create tricky lies and inhibit golf-cart drag racing. When a rusty swing holds back progress, the club facilitates game improvement with a lighted, 30-stall practice range, as well as lessons with head PGA professional Steve Labarge and his band of instructors. The new 23,000-square-foot clubhouse houses the buzz of activity, inviting players to down cold beers while enjoying the emerald panorama.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-71 course
Total length of 6,360 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 70.5 from the back tees
Course slope of 122 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Meadowlark Golf Club was built in 1922?well before engineering enabled drivers to hit golf balls hundreds of yards and rule-makers loosened restrictions on cannon use. So it makes sense that its course measures a bit shorter than most: 5,568 yards from the tips. But that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park by any means. Meadowlark makes artful use of its coastal terrain?just two miles from the ocean?with water hazards and strategically placed bunkers spread across the contoured fairways and greens, challenging players from the first tee shot to the final putt. After adding up their score, players can check out the seven big-screen TVs in the Spanish Colonial-style clubhouse's bar and grill, or recreate their best tee shots at a 30-stall, night-lit driving range.
Course at a Glance:
Harbor Golf Practice Center invites clubbers to work on any aspect of their golf game within its multifaceted training grounds. Golfers can fine-tune herculean drives or short-iron approach shots at the Center’s expansive driving range, hone their stoke on the putting green, or bury misbehaving sand wedges in the practice bunker. A diverse staff of instructors utilizes the range to help guests straighten out slices in a variety of private or group lessons. The Center opens at 6 a.m. and doesn’t close until 10 p.m., seven days a week, allowing golfers to squeeze in some after-hours practice or drink in a romantic sunset with their 3-wood.:m]]
Rated by Rankmark as among the best wedges for both high and low handicaps in a 2004 test, TG 02 Spin Action wedges utilize a novel design and USGA-non-conforming square grooves to help golfers swing their way out of tight spots. Both the chrome wedge, forged from carbon steel with a cobalt finish, and the copper wedge, comprised of beryllium copper, provide users with excellent feel and control. Both clubs are available for right- and left-handed golfers, and both feature the option of either a steel or graphite shaft.