A popular training ground for PGA Tour players and a regular tournament host course on The Golden State Tour, The Golf Club at Rancho California's 18-hole course is a worthy challenge for golf's elite talents. Originally designed in 1970 by famed architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., the course incorporates the rolling hills of Temecula Valley?a feature that golfers encounter throughout the course, especially as they approach the third tee, which is perched 100 feet above the fairway. Water hazards imperil ill-struck golf balls on eight holes, including a treacherous stretch in the middle of the round where golfers encounter water on six of seven consecutive holes. Despite its sterling reputation, the Club continues to make improvements on the course. Management recently lengthened the par 72 to stretch more than 7,200 yards to compensate for the longer drives created by new technology and the diminishing force of gravity associated with Earth's perpetual shrinking.
While the back tees may be enough to give Tour pros a challenge, the course offers five tee options to accommodate players of all abilities. A practice green and driving range let golfers get acquainted with the course's Bermuda grass surface and the earthworms that emerge to compliment a well-struck drive.
Pole Kraze's seven chrome poles have the option of both static and spin, presenting an additional physical challenge for students practicing flirtatious dance routines. Those dances increase in complexity as students progress through the studio's pole-dancing curriculum, starting with basic spins and floor work and eventually leading to advanced aerial tricks, such as petting a passing bird. All rooms are designated for aerial hoop classes, and the studio's team also teaches dance styles that skip the pole altogether, such as burlesque and chair dancing.
In 2005, Jason Williams and Ken Faught assembled a team of experienced racers and designers to create the driving experience at Pole Position Raceway. Williams, a motocross racer since 1984, and Faught, a three-time land-speed record holder at the Bonneville Salt Flats, recruited professional drivers Kurt Busch and Jeremy McGrath to help their engineers. They reimagined every detail of the track from the ground up, creating indoor courses that balance the grip of asphalt with the swervy fun of polished, concrete slick tracks. Pole Position?s Formula EK20 Pro Karts rumble over the track powered by 18-horsepower motors (nearly triple that of average gas karts), which reach speeds up to 45 miles per hour without filling the temperature-controlled arenas with fumes.
After the first Pole Position Raceway opened in Corona, California, it soon spawned 14 locations stretching to the Atlantic. Technicians maintain the fleet via handheld computers, and top drivers are regularly sent out to evaluate karts? handling and reading comprehension. During races, up to 12 guests compete in contests that last about 10 minutes.
The aviation experts at SunCountry Flight Services impart their winged know-how to greenhorn pilots and aspiring aerialists alike. An introductory flight class begins on the most familiar ground of all, the ground, with a 40-minute land lesson focusing on the physical basics of flight and airplane maintenance. Afterward, students take a luxurious Cirrus aircraft skyward for a 30-minute aeronautical journey, during which they'll get to watch as their newfound knowledge of lift and covert bird mimicry are put into thrillingly buoyant effect. This course is designed as a tantalizing first taste before sky-swabbies move on to more advanced courses, which SunCountry Flight Services also offers.
The path of a talented high-school athlete is difficult to navigate, full of internal and external challenges to success. Prodigy Athletes provides athletic and emotional mentorship so that students can capitalize on their potential and avoid pitfalls such as the high drop-out rates and character issues that hinder success on a collegiate level. Troy Keali’i Lau—founder of the UCLA Mentorship program—carries on his mission of guidance at Prodigy, where student athletes are challenged physically and held accountable for their actions in a supportive environment. Training programs hone on-the-field skills, and tutoring programs help them gear up academically. Prodigy also works as an intermediary during the recruiting process, providing college visits free of charge and hosting showcases where students display their skills in front of college coaches and well-connected tackling dummies.
With more than 20 years of weight-loss experience, the fitness coaches at Total Fitness know better than to rely on fad diets and unrealistically fast results. Rather, the team breaks the cycle of yo-yo dieting by customizing fitness and nutrition plans to help clients gradually and effectively shed fat instead of just water. Aware that each body uses energy differently, coaches base their meal plans on the results of body-composition tests and tailor them to accommodate the client’s favorite foods, lifestyle, and any allergies.