Since 1972, Spare Time Clubs has evolved into a 10-club, full-service family sports club company that includes programs for both adults and children. Each location varies in size—some boasting multiple complexes—and houses amenities such as lighted tennis courts, pools, kids’ play areas, and fitness centers. At the Diamond Hills and El Dorado Hills locations, members can shine up in the onsite European spas, and the jewel of the Gold River club is a lighted stadium court encircled by a 5,000 square-foot observation deck. In the event of inclement weather or courts being overrun by ball-chasing dogs, players can schedule time at the dedicated indoor-tennis center, where eight fully sectioned-off, championship courts glow under the power of tournament-level lighting. World-class coaches develop kids’ court skills at the junior tennis academy, students of which can practice with an unlimited number of sessions at any of Spare Time’s other clubs.
A knowledgeable staff that includes tennis instructors and former touring pros helps customers navigate the aisles of racket-sports equipment inside the two locations of Courtside Tennis & Apparel. A demo program lends out rackets from brands such as Babolat and Wilson for patrons to try out on the court or at John McEnroe–themed parties, and same-day stringing services get gear serve-worthy in a hurry.
Steelhead on the lower Feather River. Peacock bass on the Amazon River. Tarpon on Mexican flats. The guides of American Fly Fishing Co. have taken anglers in search of these fish on fly-fishing adventures around the world. When not wading through forested streams and rivers, they staff American Fly Fishing’s shop, advising guests on fly tackle, fly-tying equipment, and other gear from brands such as Korkers, Sage, and Abel Reels. They also impart their expertise through classes and clinics, such as private fly-casting lessons. In addition to serving anglers, American Fly Fishing’s team supports a number of conservation programs, and encourages catch-photograph-exchange-emails-and-release practices to help sustain the American River and other nearby waters.
Few careers date as far back as the jeweler. From Egyptian headdresses to the wedding charms that decorated Henry VIII's bracelets, jewelry has been a sign of opulence and beauty that transcends generations. At the California Institute of Jewelry Training, instructors teach classes for all skill levels in a variety of disciplines. The institute's classes cover the skills needed to become a jewelry designer, gemologist, or stone setter or to forge a different professional track. For casual students and hobbyists, instructors lead one-day workshops that touch on specific facets of jewelry making ranging from wire wrapping to enameling to blacksmithing.
Bryan College Massage Clinic employs a team of nationally certified therapists to forge a new generation of bodywork experts through intimate one-on-one instruction. As teachers proudly look on, students can promote healing with hot-stone therapy or alleviate lower-layer aches with Thai acupressure and deep-tissue techniques. To maximize relaxation, clients may also request a full-body salt scrub, a restorative mud wrap, or soak their feet in a warm tub of adorable puppies.
The mixologists at ABC Bartending School utilize years of bartending experience to divulge saloon secrets in certification-based and recreational bartending classes. In the mixology course, expert instructors impart drink recipes and refine beer and wine palates while students shake up cocktails and take cover from projectile champagne corks. Certification classes prepare students for bartending careers as they mix classic and popular drinks while learning about alcohol laws, responsible liquor service, and stocking and inventory. Instructors demonstrate free pouring techniques, allowing students to fill faraway glasses or safely drizzle beverages into the mouths of piranhas. ABC’s job-placement program puts graduates to work in restaurants, nightclubs, sports bars, hotels, country clubs, and cruise-ship bars.