Since it opened in 1986, La Purisima Golf Course has collected nearly as many accolades as it has wayward golf balls. Known as "La Piranha" to regulars, the course has appeared in numerous publications, often for its challenging layout. Golf Digest ranked it 33rd on its list of the toughest courses in the country, and Golf Magazine placed it among the top 100 public courses in the country for nine years in a row.
It may seem like architects Kenneth Hume Hunter, Jr. and Robert Muir Graves teamed up to punish the Santa Barbara golfing community, but that's not the case at all. Instead, they shared a vision for the 309-acre plot as a pure version of golf unencumbered by real estate developments and novelties such as manmade waterfalls or hydraulic-equipped carts. The result is a long, enjoyable, and, yes, difficult test of the game that rewards bold shot selection and precise play across a naturally undulating landscape in the heart of wine country.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,105 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 75.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 143 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
After graduating with a degree in dental surgery, Dr. Kaslow started flexing his cosmetic- and general-dental muscles by practicing privately in 1988. With the help of his trusty staff, he performs services that include performing cleanings, removing wisdom teeth, and implanting custom crowns. His practice is also bilingual, with associates who speak English and Spanish.
After five years in the US Army Dental Corps, Dr. Kaslow became a member of the US Army Reserve Medical Corps, blending his dental skills with a sense of community that's followed him throughout his career. He currently mixes his medical expertise and social consciousness by volunteering in the Santa Ynez Valley community. Dr. Kaslow also serves as president of the charity organization Vikings of Solvang, as well as the Solvang Friendship House, a senior assisted-living facility.
Diane Curriden might wear a variety of different hats—she's a personal trainer, yoga teacher, and an alternative healer—but helping her clients feel great and heal naturally is always the goal. At Valley Alternative Healing, she helps her clients with a variety of health ailments and concerns, including depression, weight management, and headaches. She provides heart-centered therapy and reiki healing along with personal training, yoga, and lymphatic therapy.
At All Sport Fitness Center, a comprehensive collection of cardio machines, free weights, and functional exercise equipment waits patiently to be incorporated into visitors’ exercise routines. A team of personal trainers, meanwhile, works to keep trainees motivated with one-on-one sessions, as well as a range of group fitness classes such as Pilates, yoga, spinning, and All Sports Fit, a boot-camp style session.
The certified instructors at Bloom Yoga keep class sizes small, allowing them to teach yoga, Pilates, and NIA classes with personal attention paid to each student. The All Levels yoga class gives students a taste of several styles of yoga, while the beginning yoga class teaches attendees the basics of hatha.
Officially opened in July 1962, Village Country Club incorporates the natural beauty of Northern Santa Barbara County’s wine country as its backdrop. Towering oaks and pine trees play a starring role throughout the course, especially on the 10th hole. There, a stately oak stands right in the middle of the fairway, marking the course's signature challenge and the location of its treasure chest of golden golf balls. At the 16th hole, meanwhile, an elevated tee tempts players to let it fly, all while avoiding a lake and brook running the length of the hole’s left side.
Next to the course, club visitors can practice on the driving range or at a practice green outfitted with a sand bunker. Or, they can step away from golf altogether by taking a dip in the pool and hitting the tennis courts—each of which remains open year-round.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,546 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 128 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole