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.
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.
The key to Zazzle.com’s success isn’t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories—it’s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website’s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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.
From the wall art depicting a Venice Beach taqueria to the back parking lot, fashioned with deck furniture and transformed into a patio, Rider Shack Surf and Skate Shop brings that laid-back, beachside vibe to a busy stretch of Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. While the namesake skateboards and surfboards take up racks of space, the shop also carries a wide selection of sunglasses, a wall full of TOMS slip-on shoes and clothes from surfer-friendly brands like Hurley, Billabong and Rip Curl. Rider Shack Surf and Skate Shop also repairs and rents out surfboards to the surrounding neighborhood, and offers free in-store fitness and yoga classes on select dates.