Don’t let the stunning backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains induce a false sense of security: the links at SilverRock Resort are riddled with challenges. The home course for the Bob Hope Classic from 2008 to 2011, SilverRock sends players past massive bunkers and intersecting water hazards. Hole 12 reserves the title as the course’s longest, where players must wallop drives or construct tiny kayaks to get their golf balls across a canal. The course finishes with a dramatic 18th hole, as a lake alongside the fairway devours misguided shots. After rounds, players can visit the clubhouse, a charming renovation of a former working-ranch hacienda nestled into the rocky outcroppings.
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On the rolling greens of the Empire Polo Club, the Rhythm, Wine, and Brews Fest unfolds for an afternoon of locally crafted libations and priceless rhythm and blues. Guests saunter into the white cabanas of the wine garden with souvenir glasses in hand, partaking in the fruits of local and national wineries, such as Smith & Hook and Fess Parker, underneath the shade of date palms. The scent of hops and barley drifts through the high-peaked tents of the beer-tasting pavilion, where more than 25 breweries, including Shipyard Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing, dispense their handcrafted suds. As daycationing denizens sniff, swish, and savor their beverages, the air buzzes with liquid rhythm and blues from a roster of roots artists.
Santa Ysabel Casino's Hoodang immerses guests in an outdoor fest of music, gaming, and craft beer. San Diego-based rockers Louis XIV top a lineup of 12 bands, regaling ears with rough-and-tumble tunes, and Sprung Monkey adds its punk-rock sensibilities to the musical mix, inspiring exuberant dancing and impromptu mohawk-growing contests. Other bands include Midnight Rivals, Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects, Slpwlkrs, Natural Selection, and more.
For proof that there is no limit to the number of fitness certifications a person can receive, you need only peek at personal trainer Roger’s résumé. To date, he has received certifications from the AFAA, NASM, NCIM, ISSA, NCPT, and even the ABCDEFGHIJKLMN. At Incinerate Elite Personal Training, he applies his expertise to private and semiprivate personal-training sessions. The workouts are tailored to your specific goals and expectations.
Bikram Yoga Grand Central's Bikram-certified instructors preside over three to six classes each day inside an eco-friendly, 1,200-square-foot studio in Midtown. During the detoxifying yoga sessions, thermostats climb to a sultry 105 degrees in order to limber limbs for 26 different poses. As Half Moon poses loosen obliques and Cobra poses arch backs, a poly-extruded floor accelerates evaporation to keep the space dry and bacteria-free, preventing yogis from having to don uncomfortable hazmat suits during class. Changing rooms and showers help students to smoothly transition between the studio's balmy domain and their next engagements. An expansive, wind-kissed terrace and panoramic windows gird a foyer equipped with Flotex flooring that boasts antimicrobial and waterproof properties.
With 55 years of combined riding experience in the area, Academy Rentals has the goods and knowledge to equip riders for adventures such as zooming across the desert on the back of an ATV or gliding across placid waves atop a wakeboard or jet ski. Half- and full-day tours sweep across dunes in California and Mexico, outfitting guests in safety equipment and giving them their pick of dirt bike, ATV, or dune buggy from makers such as Yamaha and Honda. Before guided or self-directed trips, riders of all experience level can learn or reacquaint themselves with driving basics at the hands of knowledgeable instructors who’ve mastered high-speed transportation by sleeping on the underside of a bullet train.