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.
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.
To combat the common excuse of the busy schedule, Cutting Edge Kettlebells doesn't offer classes on a fixed schedule. Instead, they offer open gym hours for guests to drop in at their convenience and make use of the kettlebells. This flexibility is afforded to guests who have already mastered the kettlebell workout's basic movements, ensuring that students can exercise at their own pace while using proper form. In addition to the adult workouts, the expert trainers also lead youth programs to help youngsters integrate fitness into their lives.
Cutting Edge Kettlebells cites the kettlebell's history as a workout tool for Russian special ops, the FBI's hostage rescue team, and the military's elite as evidence to its effectiveness. Exercises using this cannonball-like iron weight work-out several muscle groups at the same time, resulting in an efficient training that produces stronger, leaner bodies.
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.
Susie Q Ranch's actual stables sit in Murrieta, but that doesn't stop trailblazers and trainers Susie and Melanie from exploring every inch of local scenery from Fallbrook to Temecula. They keep a herd of gentle, beginner-friendly horses?as well as a few for more advanced riders?on hand, ferrying them to spots throughout the region to conduct trail tours. Excursions can be simply for the sake of riding outdoors and soaking up some sunshine, exploring scenic river outlooks, or stopping by specific locations such as Temecula Valley wineries.