Los Amigos Golf Course doesn't waste any time challenging players: the very first hole is also the longest hole, clocking in at a whopping 516 yards. Designed by revered architect Bill Bell, the course tests golfers with beautiful yet hazardous tree-lined greens and a pair of shimmering lakes. So players can conquer the course's hurdles without having to parachute balls from a well-placed helicopter, Los Amigos offers plenty of instructional opportunities, including lessons for groups and entire families. The facility also boasts an expansive practice area, complete with large putting greens, chipping zones, and a night-lit driving range with both mat and grass tees.
The course and its facilities can also be rented out for weddings, quincea?eras, business meetings, and other events. And like its name, several employees at Los Amigos Golf Course are bilingual.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total distance of 6,156 yards * Course rating of 68 from the back tees * Course slope of 114 from the back tees * Three tees per hole * See the scorecard
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
Blind 9 Golf equips duffers with clubs from elite makers including TaylorMade, Mizuno, and Adams, along with course-ready duds that owe their sporty collars to the stitch masters at Adidas, Puma, and other top brands. Along with a wide selection of putters, wedges, irons, and drivers, the golf emporium sells useful golf accessories, streamlining golf trips with travel bags and informing golfers of their exact distance from flagsticks and territorial forecaddies with GPS units and rangefinders. Clients can also sign up for a loft/lie fitting session with Blind 9’s recently acquired club-fitting equipment, which measures players' current sticks and swing path to determine optimal loft and lie.
Having honed his kitesurfing skills off the beaches of Hawaii and Southern California, both places known for gusty winds and big waves, Daniel Andersson knows all of the ins and outs of the sport. He draws on nearly a decade of teaching experience as the head instructor of Zen Athletics, which also specializes in functional fitness and Jeet Kune Do—Bruce Lee’s combat system. Before he even got into kitesurfing, Daniel mastered several martial arts, studying Muay Thai and Thai-boxing at a very early age in Thailand. He brings all of this athletic expertise to bear in his lessons, which are kept private or semi-private with four people or less to ensure each student gets individual attention.
When he looked past the flourishes of players in the majors, Dylan Gaines realized the swings of professional hitters were nearly identical. Working with pro ballplayers such as Darrell Thomas and Nez Belelo, Dylan honed those swing fundamentals during his stint on the Seattle Mariners. At All-Star Baseball School, he's broken down and distilled these basics into a potent dram of batsmanship for students since 1997. Along with Eric Fischer, a veteran of the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins, Dylan teaches his pupils hitting, pitching, and fielding skills during private lessons and summer camps. After the classes let out, little leaguers can study the greats with an instructional DVD hosted by baseball legend and record holder Pete Rose, who walks viewers through pointers for hitting homers without planting baseballs in the stands beforehand.
Whether working with beginning golfers or birdie collectors, Mark Spinelli draws upon decades of experience to help players improve their skills and mechanics. A self-described historian of the game of golf (and its iconic swings), Mark gleans inspiration from the greats—Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus—to perfect his own technique, which he uses to regularly compete in long-drive championships. He starts novices out with skill-appropriate drills, such as the fundamentals of a sound swing and the short game, and helps advanced golfers improve their accuracy so they can land balls on their boss's car more frequently. He shows players how to respond to course variables such as wind, lie, rough, and green speed, particularly through on-the-go adjustments to factors such as grip, putting stroke, and erratic ball patterns.