Harbor Golf Practice Center invites clubbers to work on any aspect of their golf game within its multifaceted training grounds. Golfers can fine-tune herculean drives or short-iron approach shots at the Center’s expansive driving range, hone their stoke on the putting green, or bury misbehaving sand wedges in the practice bunker. A diverse staff of instructors utilizes the range to help guests straighten out slices in a variety of private or group lessons. The Center opens at 6 a.m. and doesn’t close until 10 p.m., seven days a week, allowing golfers to squeeze in some after-hours practice or drink in a romantic sunset with their 3-wood.:m]]
Long Beach Golf Learning Center furnishes players with everything needed to calibrate their strokes and lower their scores—especially the space to practice. On its 19-acre plot, an 11,000-square-foot putting area hones short games while more than 80 hitting spaces look out over a 340-yard-long driving range. Of those spaces, more than 20 are authentic grass and 40 come furnished with a Power Tee—an automated teeing system that saves guests the effort of leaning over to set up their ball or the bubblegum required to hire a toddler to do it. When more than space is necessary to bring about improvement, players can opt for lessons with director of instruction Eric Manley or have an expert club fitter tweak their equipment’s loft, lie, or shaft frequency at The Fitting Studio.
Named a top place to play in Southern California by Golf Digest, the course at Rio Hondo Golf Club leads players on a zigzagging path toward glimpses of glittering lakes and waterfalls. Separated from adjacent holes by aisles of stately pine, the narrow fairways traverse rolling hills and mounds strategically placed to create tricky lies and inhibit golf-cart drag racing. When a rusty swing holds back progress, the club facilitates game improvement with a lighted, 30-stall practice range, as well as lessons with head PGA professional Steve Labarge and his band of instructors. The new 23,000-square-foot clubhouse houses the buzz of activity, inviting players to down cold beers while enjoying the emerald panorama.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-71 course
Total length of 6,360 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 70.5 from the back tees
Course slope of 122 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Getting away from it all doesn't have to mean leaving town. Amid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Aroma Spa & Sports members luxuriate in spa services. Guests release stress during Swedish massages, rejuvenate their skin with body scrubs, and reduce signs of aging during facial appointments.
But the spa isn't the only thing that makes Aroma Spa & Sports stand out. In keeping with its name, the center houses fitness facilities complete with a workout studio for Pilates, spinning, and kickboxing classes. Elsewhere in the sprawling confines, a pool beckons lap swimmers and a racquetball court helps players work on their serve while quizzing each other on what a racquetball is. The center rounds out its wealth of offerings with a 150-yard golf range with automated teeing equipment available on all four levels.
Whether navigating Pebble Beach’s oceanside links or exploring the birthplace of golf at St. Andrews in Scotland, golfers know that a little rain can turn a trip of a lifetime into a water-logged disappointment. Players Club Golf removes sogginess from the equation; the center’s three full-screen golf simulators unlock instant access to more than 60 global courses without the hassles of commuting, fickle weather, and long round times. The facility smoothes the oft-difficult road toward better scores with practice configurations that allow players to immediately see a wealth of shot parameters on each swing, including launch angle, ball speed, and carry. The virtual driving range facilitates improvement through repetition and target practice, which also helps when trying to ring the doorbell of a neighbor across the street without getting off the couch.
When improvement reaches a plateau, players can enlist the expert instruction of teaching professional Brent Mann. Members also enjoy access to a facility gym stocked with $40,000 worth of equipment. Here, golfers improve their endurance on elliptical machines and strengthen postround handshake grips on a full complement of weight machines.
Meadowlark Golf Club was built in 1922?well before engineering enabled drivers to hit golf balls hundreds of yards and rule-makers loosened restrictions on cannon use. So it makes sense that its course measures a bit shorter than most: 5,568 yards from the tips. But that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park by any means. Meadowlark makes artful use of its coastal terrain?just two miles from the ocean?with water hazards and strategically placed bunkers spread across the contoured fairways and greens, challenging players from the first tee shot to the final putt. After adding up their score, players can check out the seven big-screen TVs in the Spanish Colonial-style clubhouse's bar and grill, or recreate their best tee shots at a 30-stall, night-lit driving range.
Course at a Glance: