John Wells Golf Center's lighted driving range offers 60 spacious, canopy-covered hitting stalls that look out onto a range that stretches 260 yards into the distance. Yardage markers populate the field, letting players gauge the distance of each shot, and synthetic mats provide a smooth hitting surface so guests can leave their Persian rugs at home. The center offers lessons and clinics taught by a staff of five instructors anchored by Don Shauger, who trained two-time National Long Driving Champion John Marshall with methods he learned from Mike Austin, the golf renegade famous for hitting the game's longest drive ever—a 515-yard missile—at the age of 64. On select dates, the center offers free golf clinics for junior and adult beginners who purchase a bucket of range balls. Those looking to upgrade their golf gear or replace a wedge caught fraternizing with enemy irons can check into the discount pro shop, which offers name-brand apparel and equipment at as high as 50% off retail price.
Heal One World empowers people with the knowledge and techniques to help themselves. Through classes, the organization teaches people skills and natural, noninvasive treatments they can use to ameliorate illness and injury and prevent further ailments from arising. Most of these classes impart self-help techniques and are therefore not covered by insurance, so the organization provides them on a sliding scale. Its programs range from yoga and tai chi to acupuncture and Feldenkrais treatments, drawing from ancient, time-tested practices that have often been cast to the wayside by Western culture. Heal One World also maintains a database of care providers who help people from low-income backgrounds attain stability of mind and body.
Yet beyond the individual, Heal One World focuses on strengthening the community. On weekends, it organizes vegan potlucks and film screenings on green opportunities and charity projects, and every May it holds a film, music, and arts festival in order to raise awareness of pressing environmental issues and include the community in artistic endeavors.
At Shaolin American Self Defense Academy, certified instructors introduce students to the art of Kenpo Karate. The style, which blends elements of Chinese and Japanese principles, enables students to hone their self-defense skills as well as mental discipline. Teachers unveil the art's philosophy and techniques in three age-divided programs that span beginner through advanced instruction. Though based in group classes, individual programs are customized to each student's needs, and include at least one private lesson each week.
By trading in gas pedals for bike pedals, Bikes and Hikes LA riders adopt a green method for sightseeing the shores and slopes surrounding Los Angeles on top-notch, fully suspended hybrid road bikes from specialized brands such as Trek and Fuji. Carefully researched routes—such as that of the Movie Star Homes Tour that takes guests down Rodeo Drive and the Sunset Strip, and includes a walking tour of a famous Beverly Hills mansion—lay the groundwork for what is ranked as TripAdvisor's best tour in West Hollywood. For the LA in a Day tour, sightseers pedal by celebrity homes in Beverly Hills and Bel-Air before exploring picturesque Venice, Santa Monica, and Marina Del Rey. Tour guides can accommodate groups of 2–100 people, providing translators in any language and building custom experiences, such as scavenger-hunt bike rides or group levitations, upon request.
At Body by Jenn/LA, trainer Jenn Glysson leads rigorous kickboxing sessions that bend fitness and fun. While women's-only small-group training sessions are her specialty, Jenn also offers private training for both men and women, as well as coaching for kangaroos with performance anxiety.
At Karate 4 Kids USA, a team of experienced instructors draws from a diverse range of training and martial arts styles to help kids develop self-respect and a sense of discipline while having fun and getting fit. In after-school programs, they teach kids karate and Tang Song Do techniques, whose katas and kicks help kids build healthy muscles and bones to give them the advantage in high-stakes hop-scotch tournaments. Their full-day camps keep kids occupied during summer vacations with martial arts drills, dodgeball, and games. And the fun-loving staffers invite parents to take time for themselves by dropping the kiddies off for Ninja Nites?four supervised hours of movies, pizza, and games.
Though their main focus is teaching children, they also helm a lineup of adult martial arts classes, including muay thai kickboxing and self-defense.