To refer to the practice stalls at Eagle Club Indoor Golf Club as only a "driving range" would be an understatement. Sure, the facility's ten indoor hitting bays serve the basic swing-practice purpose of a range, but they also serve as computerized swing analysts. Each hitting bay uses a GC2 Smart Camera launch monitor—the same device used by the likes of Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson—to project the path of each swing and provide players with data-driven statistics about each shot. The indoor studio couples its ten hitting bays with a golf simulator that enables players to test their mettle on world-class courses without having to forge a PGA Tour card.
When eager students haul their clubs onto the grounds at San Bruno Golf Center, they may find themselves pulled in more than one direction. Their first inclination may be toward the grass practice area; at 20,000 square feet it almost has its own gravitational pull. Or they might be drawn to the center’s 65 mat hitting stations. These are spread across an open-air upper deck and covered lower deck that protects players from the rain or any tears that fall from the upper deck. The short game area, meanwhile, spreads across two acres and features two chipping greens, a putting green, three bunkers, and a 75-yard tee box shot. When golfers have worn themselves out with divot digging and perfecting the arc of a gentle draw, they can recline on the clubhouse’s redwood deck and look out over their fellow clubbers.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: One-hour lesson
Pro Tip: Bring a smile and a happy attitude
What makes your business stand out?
I have been a Golf Teaching Professional since 1997, and have taught PGA, LPGA, scratch handicappers as well as beginners to help them achieve their maximum potential.
What inspired you or the owner (if that’s not you) to start or run this business?
I have taken many lessons from the top instructors in the USA and realized that I have much knowledge to share with others about the game I am so passionate about.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"Thank you for making this game so enjoyable, I have struggled with the information from others but you have made my learning process simple and easy to enjoy."
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Watching students from not being able to make consistent contact with the ball and in a few hours being able to hit quality shots that bring a smile to their faces.
Years ago, the tule elk roamed the lands surrounding Stockton, bellowing "Fore!" during the rutting season and carving golf holes into the untamed earth with its antlers. Named in honor of that majestic creature, the Elkhorn Golf Club maintains 18 holes on immaculately manicured, generally level grounds. Golfers conquer Tyee 007 bentgrass greens—the same used by US Open site The Olympic Club—which can be mowed low and quick, and roll true and smooth. After a round or two, parties can pile into the Elkhorn Grill for pub fare paired with a frosty craft beer.