A nonprofit organization, Shoestring City Ranch is run by instructors that dedicate their time to teach teamwork and leadership skills to city-slicker kids by having them work with rescued animals. The environmentally friendly ranch hosts clinics on communicating with pets and group horseback-riding classes that teach everyone from tots to adults how to groom and ride. They also host fun events in addition to classes, such as the 5K Gallop and 1-Mile Tot Trot and a Roping Clinic 101, where a professional rodeo cowboy teaches students how to use a lasso.
Los Amigos Golf Course doesn't waste any time challenging players: the very first hole is also the longest hole, clocking in at a whopping 516 yards. Designed by revered architect Bill Bell, the course tests golfers with beautiful yet hazardous tree-lined greens and a pair of shimmering lakes. So players can conquer the course's hurdles without having to parachute balls from a well-placed helicopter, Los Amigos offers plenty of instructional opportunities, including lessons for groups and entire families. The facility also boasts an expansive practice area, complete with large putting greens, chipping zones, and a night-lit driving range with both mat and grass tees.
The course and its facilities can also be rented out for weddings, quincea?eras, business meetings, and other events. And like its name, several employees at Los Amigos Golf Course are bilingual.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total distance of 6,156 yards * Course rating of 68 from the back tees * Course slope of 114 from the back tees * Three tees per hole * See the scorecard
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
Designed by famed course architect William Bell in 1933, the Lakewood Country Club has been testing the mettle of golfers for nearly eight decades. Today, players still roam the championship-caliber course, sending balls flying toward 18 holes spread across 7,033 yards of well-manicured grass. Along the way, they encounter several challenges, including precision par 3s and newly installed (but still treacherous) bunkers. All of this helped earn Lakewood the reputation as one of the finest courses in southern Los Angeles, an honor reflected by the course's numerous appearances on LA County's Course of the Year lists.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Wilson
Pro Tip: Bring comfy tennis shoes and a bottle of water.
Don't forget to bring your smile.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Private lessons
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Just come with an open mind. We go over the basics when we have new students.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
That over 99% of our students improve. They usually end up in competition at the high school level, satellite, or open level tournaments.
What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
Watching a student grow and improve year to year. Not just [in] tennis skills, but [in] other attributes such as practice, dedication, loyalty, respect, and perseverance.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer private lessons if you need extra help in the class.
Alan Predolin, chief instructor of 360 Krav Maga, doesn't pull any punches, unless he's clipping knees, poking throats, and disabling solar plexuses. Already trained in the martial arts by the age of 7, Alan first got a thirst for reality-based, applicable combat techniques when he was a teenage member of the Guardian Angels. While most kids his age were fighting pimples, Alan was fighting gang members and drug dealers in Hell's Kitchen and the South Bronx. When he was 21, the Italian Army sent Alan to Israel, where he discovered the self-defense art of krav maga and spent his years mastering and sharing its effective techniques.
Years later, Alan has become the guy that local and federal law-enforcement and military units flock to for teaching their recruits the art of quick self-defense. At the 360 Krav Magna schools—the only schools in Tustin, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Orange County to be certified by Krav Maga Global of Israel—Alan's team of certified instructors instill students with the smarts to disarm and disable any viable threat at instinct speed. For those looking for a muscle-sculpting, fat-burning workouts with less eye-poking, 360 Krav Magna's instructors also specialize in intensive kickboxing classes that merge fitness and combat training.