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.
Open seven days a week, the Beverly Hills Bike Shop is located just west of the Rancho Park Golf Course on Pico Boulevard, selling brand name bicycles to this sprawling West Los Angeles neighborhood. Though not a city known for its cycling, L.A. kids and adults alike have taken such a shine to the shop that they recently moved into their new, larger facility, which means plenty of room for their wide array of mountain, road, hybrid and beach cruiser bicycles. A friendly and well-versed staff can help to find the bike that suits your needs best, while providing service on the same ride for years from their service department in the back. And if you’re just looking for gear to get you prepped for your next ride, Beverly Hills Bike Shop’s got that, too.
The picturesque 18-hole course at DeBell Golf Club spreads over the basin and hillsides of Wildwood Canyon, a craggy depression carved into the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains. The hardscrabble physical surroundings challenge golfers on every swing, whether they're shaping shots around tree-lined doglegs or walking barefoot uphill both ways to get to their ball.
Rising above the green strips of fairway kikuyu grass is the course clubhouse, which offers views of the weathered beauty of Wildwood Canyon Park beyond the course while also serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at The Canyon Grille.
Fleet Feet helps promote an active, healthy community by outfitting people of all fitness levels with the proper apparel and footwear. At the Burbank location, owner Colin Klein and his staff maintain a one-on-one connection with customers, particularly during the Fit Process—an extensive, multistep fitting formula that incorporates multiple measurements and a gait analysis so shoes, socks, and inserts jive comfortably with every foot. To ensure clients are swift enough to compete in marathons or outrun even the fastest repo man, Fleet Feet also offers 5K and marathon training as well as resources and information about upcoming races, community events, and activities.
Zazzle.com is an intensely popular provider of personalized presents, stamping T-shirts, coffee mugs, postage, greeting cards, and more with a singular seal of your own idiosyncratic identity. Quickly customize a basic men’s T-shirt ($12.95–$19.95) to commemorate your stellar parking-lot rugby season, or go for a cutely stylized greeting card ($2.95 and up, discounts available for mass quantities). Other popular items include self-designed mugs ($13.95–$22.10) and absurdly cute pet clothes ($18.95 and up). Since each item is created on the spot by Zazzle’s nondenominational gift-making elves, more complicated orders and items may take longer to produce and ship.
Earning all types of praise, including an endorsement from Los Angeles magazine as an exceptional boutique gym, Toluca Lake Tennis Club and Sports Center aims to live up to its reputation. Its private outdoor courts, surrounded by foothills and coniferous trees, play host to amateur and professional baize-ball endeavors. Tournaments include the Grey Goose Singles Challenge, where players compete for tickets to the U.S. Open, and more whimsical pursuits such as the Wimbledon Woodie Tournament, where players of all levels slap wooden rackets against oncoming woodpeckers.
Back in the fitness center, patrons cycle through a bevy of amenities. Swimmers battle the elements in a 60-foot indoor lap pool during aqua boot-camp classes and open swim, or they singe lounge-about calories with the cardio room's clutch of treadmills, Precor ellipticals, and stationary bikes. Wrangling the power of peer encouragement, trainers lead groups through fitness classes that range from Zumba to outdoor boot camp.