Within Bogey Bob's Golf Center's indoor studio, golfers improve their skill sets with indoor practice, instruction, and merchandise to pair improved swings with the latest clubs and equipment. Once a decorated player on the junior circuit, resident ace and owner John Cummings imparts hard-won golf wisdom to clients in lessons conducted within the center's indoor driving range, practice green, and rabid-turtle-infested water hazard.
The center boasts video swing-analysis technology, which allows pupil and pedagogue alike to study the science of their swings as computers provide data such as swing tempo, launch angle, distance, and club-head path. With a slew of clubs from the game's top brands, clients can find a much-improved replacement for the rusting short irons and oversize bananas currently populating their golf bags.
"If you have always wanted to swim over a coral reef, float through a kelp forest with sea lions, or bring home a lobster dinner, now you can!" exclaims the staff of Channel Islands Scuba. They make this dream a reality by providing classes that teach everything from water safety fundamentals to advanced scuba techniques, such as open water diving and performing the running man underwater. And they have the equipment expertise to back it all up as they regularly service and repair tanks, valves, and regulators to ensure safe diving.
Yoga Elements improves strength and flexibility while relaxing the mind with personalized instruction designed for all levels of experience. Led by instructor Karen Hartstein inside the calming studio at Newbury Park Martial Arts Center—complete with a mountain-range wall mural—students are guided through techniques tailored for a variety of goals, from reducing back pain to achieving the inner calm needed to perform a handstand. Karen sports more than 20 years of experience and also offers private yoga instruction, reiki, and Thai massage.
A full-service bike shop embracing road, mountain, and casual riders alike, Santa Monica Mountains Cyclery suits every whim and riding style, from its mechanics performing basic repairs or complete system overhauls to its supply of custom-built frames and wheels. Two-wheeled mounts from brands such as Trek, Jamis, and Knolly wag their handlebars from racks along the wall, and the shop rewards new adopters with a slew of perks, from free tune-ups for a year to unlimited cups of coffee for owners and hot WD-40 for bikes. In addition, 5% of all pre-tax profits help benefit organizations dedicated to preserving California’s natural gems and cycling havens, such as the Santa Monica Mountains Fund and the Mountains Restoration Trust.