Most rounds of golf end when the sun goes down. But when the sun sets off the coast at Van Nuys Golf Course, lights illuminate the fairways for late-evening rounds. Whether catching a round after work or in the afternoon, golfers can take on one of two challenges: an 18-hole par-three course or a nine-hole executive course. Both courses present golfers with their own obstacles, including water hazards, sand traps, and bending fairways. Above the peaceful scene, soars a wide range of aircrafts—such as WWII Warbirds and F-16 Falcons—each landing at the nearby Van Nuys airport or dropping parachuting caddies onto the greens. Van Nuys accompanies its unique rounds with various amenities, too, including a practice range, PGA instructional staff, and newly remodeled pro shop stocked with gear.
Executive Course at a Glance:
18-Hole Course at a Glance:
When someone from each of your family's three previous generations is a PGA-certified professional, it's safe to say golf runs in your blood. That's certainly the case for Kelli Ply, a fourth-generation PGA-certified pro who cut her teeth at the club her father managed before taking her skills all the way to the grassy stages of NCAA Division-I competition. After a stint coaching in China, Kelli now imparts her par-hunting wisdom stateside, helping clients reach their goals with technical and strategic advice. Kelli sharpens her own diagnostic skills with the help of video swing analysis, a less intrusive alternative to traditional golf club psychoanalysis.
Tru Fit Bootcamp’s owner Ditanyon Demps helps clients build strength and shed pounds through a simple strategy—he confuses muscles. When muscles adapt to a certain exercise, they burn fewer calories while completing it, making rote routines less effective over time. Instead of boring the muscles and their owners with repetitive workouts, he draws on nine disciplines of exercise to construct a new routine for his classes each day. He sets students into motion power lifting, stretching, and performing Pilates, among other exercise modalities, all while fostering a positive atmosphere focused on camaraderie. On any given day, students might work in teams to carry one another across a field in gurneys, or individually hop through hoops and swing kettlebells until they finally start ringing.
Cristina's not the type of personal trainer who will yell at you. Instead, she greets all new clients with a big smile and a supportive attitude. "If you come here," she says in the video on her homepage, "I will never judge you on how you look or what you can do. I really don't care! Because I'm going to get you wherever you want to be." Cristina—who, by the way, speaks eight languages and is qualified to work with students who have various conditions such as arthritis—keeps her Pilates and swimming classes small to maximize personal attention. Classes include swimming lessons for all ages, Pilates, yoga, ball, and stretch and tone. Whether leading a group class or a one-on-one program, Cristina makes sure her clients have a good time. "We have a lot of fun here," Cristina says, "and it's a very loving and caring environment, with a lot of beautiful individuals."