When golf architect Cary Bickler designed Shandin Hills Golf Club in 1985, he wasn't about to make it easy for golfers to just waltz onto his greens. Instead, he surrounded almost every green with moats of sand to guard the precious bent and poa annua grass. When not building wooden planks to lay across the bunkers, players at Shandin Hills face several obstacles along the 18-hole course, including a large pond on 15 that splits the tee box and the bermuda-grass fairway.
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El Rancho Verde Golf Club has spent half a century basking in the majesty of the surrounding snow-capped mountains, testing golfers on a challenging course without disrupting their inner peace. The par 72 course boasts holes to make both advanced stick-swivelers and novice wedge-wielders feel at home. From the longest tees, balls can race down 6,844 yards of fairway, along pools that reflect the towering peaks and lush greenery where native owls wait eagerly to adopt lost golf balls and hatch them as their own.
Since 1994, the instructors at Redlands Aikikai have taught martial and meditative arts to people of all ages, creating an environment in which students can also develop courage, compassion, character, and healthy habits. Their main program, aikido, shows students how to use an attacker's energy against himself by way of escapes, joint locks, strikes, and sweeps. Sometimes, the program incorporates swords and staffs into its training, though it always maintains a non-competitive approach.
The blue-and-red checkered floors of Ultimate Kickboxing & Fitness’s gym have withstood a lot of action, from swinging kettlebells to battle ropes and intense kickboxing classes. The instructors offer a variety of classes that focus on strengthening the body with full-body exercises that utilize boxing and kickboxing moves. Their classic cardio-kickboxing classes have students perform punching and kicking combinations including roundhouses and jabs to upbeat music. Power, Strength, and Rope Burn classes use simple rope exercises to help tighten and tone bodies, and 50/50 classes blend cardio and strength training to create a well-balanced workout.
For more than 30 years, Precision Tune Auto Care has helped vehicles of all sorts to run smoothly by performing top-of-the-line maintenance and repair services. The company's fleet of fully trained and certified mechanics services 2.5 million vehicles each year while teaching customers the basics of car care, personal safety, and eco-friendly driving habits. When they aren't repairing brakes or tweaking air conditioners, mechanics also whet engine appetites with oil and swap out old, corrupted oil filters for cleaner, younger, more idealistic ones. Mechanics also head off future repairs with preventive service, running through quick but thorough maintenance inspections to verify each car's drivability and rotating tires to ensure even distribution of wear and tear.
Guests of all experience levels at Adrenaline Martial Arts & Fitness participate in classes geared toward getting in shape, perfecting martial-arts technique, and learning self-defense moves. Classes—which include muay thai, jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and boxing—are held in a 21,000-square-foot training space with 30 fitness and exercise machines and 25 boxing bags.
From its outpost just off Big Bear Lake's south shore, Massive Snowboards supplies peak-destined skiers and snowboarders with the gear they need to get down the area's slopes. The shop has been a Big Bear mainstay since 1999, a long tenure in the competitive on-mountain ski- and snowboard-gear-rental game. It attributes its run of success to a combination of knowledgeable salespeople and a deep selection of boards for rent. Mountaineers can also stop in the shop to purchase new gear from brands such as Dakine, Ride, Spy, and Giro.