The mounded terrain and cavernous bunkers of Riverbend Golf Club's 18-hole, 7,374-yard course recall the windswept terrain of golf's original Scottish links. The distant peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains peek over the course's sparse population of valley oak trees, adding scenic flair to an environmentally friendly layout that houses egrets, herons, hawks, and winged divot tools. Both the front and back nine play to dramatic conclusions, as the 9th and 18th holes are the first and second most difficult on the course, respectively. The course strictly enforces a dress code, so players should dress in a collared shirt and leave behind jeans and hard-spiked stilettos, or and they can peruse the fully stocked pro shop for club-appropriate garb and new gear.
Originally sculpted into the California countryside in 1928, Lemoore Golf Course’s 18-hole, par 72 course stretches across 6,591 yards of lush greenery and challenging hazards. A moderately difficult layout when played from the back tees, the course features four tee options to cater to both bona fide aces and disoriented golfers who can’t differentiate between a three-wood and a hardened mannequin leg. The golf complex also fosters sound swing mechanics with an on-site driving range and practice green. Clubbers can take refuge from the sun-soaked fairways or undead divot tools at the course’s cozy bar and grill, or peruse a stock of the latest golf gear and equipment at the pro shop.
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The verdant fairways of Stevinson Ranch meander through the San Joaquin Valley, where rolling farmsteads dotted with natural wetlands serve both as hazards and scenic backdrops. Inspired by Scottish links-style courses, the club's Savannah Course boasts open fairways that invite players to launch booming tee shots without fear of striking trees or the feral caddies who inhabit them. Though wide fairways may prove welcoming, golfers are tested throughout the course by sharp doglegs and smooth, quick greens closely guarded by sand traps, water hazards, and thick swaying grasses. Rounds conclude on the challenging 18th hole, which requires a tee shot played diagonally across a long lake that rewards players who hug the shore while punishing those who come up short with a one-stroke penalty and a humbling supplication to the inhabitants of the pond.
Narrow fairways and small greens shape the layout at Airways Municipal Golf Course, an 18-hole course carved in the shadows of Fresno Yosemite International Airport. Tree lines and sand traps add scenic impediments to errant shots, and slick putting surfaces make for testy putts once golfers make it to the green. Before rounds, golfers can rehearse their swing at the on-site driving range.
After four years of active duty in the United States Army—including 15 months on deployment in East Africa, where he earned a Letter of Commendation from the Ethiopian Government—it’s likely that Blake Brown doesn’t get too flustered while assessing golf swings. Now a veteran, he’s on the path to certification as a professional golf teacher, currently studying the proper golf swing, how to manage golf courses, and what types of tree bark are edible as a Level One Apprentice with the PGA of America. In addition to his post as a teaching professional at Riverside Golf Course, he rounds out his education as the varsity golf coach at San Joaquin Memorial High School, where he spurs his squad to victory and constantly looks over his shoulder for surprise Gatorade showers.
The instructors at Tee 2 Green Golf help students stop slicing in its tracks, improve their short game, or chip away at a too-high overall score. The action unfolds at a practice facility whose grass driving range, chipping and putting greens, nine-hole chip and putt course, and five-hole practice course help pupils learn to coax claustrophobic balls into a variety of dark, enclosed spaces. Each lesson aims to infuse the cultivation of stellar technique with enthusiasm for the game, keeping students engaged and making continual progress.:m]]
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An instructor for decades, PGA-certified pro, and one-time Player of the Year for the U.S. Golf Teachers' Federation, Jim Perez harbors the skills and mental fortitude to instill linksmen of all levels with sweet swings, putting prowess, and proper posture. Whether you want to patch holes in your short game, shoot holes-in-one, or just wipe that smug smile you drew on your golf ball off its face, Jim draws from more than 50,000 lifetime lessons and international tournament play, offering savory tips throughout each one-hour lesson that simplify the game and boost your techniques.