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.
Designed by renowned course architect David Rainville—whose resumé includes famed courses such as Indian Wells Country Club—the 18-hole California Oaks course stretches across 5,218 yards of bucolic Southern California topography. Towering trees, intervening ponds, and immense bunkers conspire to kidnap wayward balls throughout the course, and the club's immaculate fairways provide a hospitable landing zone for pinpointed drives and golf-obsessed extraterrestrials. A stream flows alongside every hole, adding a sense of continuity to rounds as golfers contend with each on-course challenge. After 18-hole expeditions, players can replenish at Oaks Bar & Grill, which, like the course itself, affords customers splendid views of the Temecula Valley, the San Jacinto mountain range, and the cloud-like spirits of drowned golf balls trying to contact 9-irons from the beyond.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-70 course (par 68 from the ladies' tees) * Designed by David Rainville * Length of 5,218 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 66.1 from the farthest tees * Slope of 122 from the farthest tees * Three tee options
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.
After 20 years of event planning, Amy Brewen decided to take her show on the road—literally. With a map of Inland Empire's best venues, event spaces, and wineries already in her mind, she connected them all together into packaged experiences with the aid of a little creativity and a classic 32-passenger trolley. The antique vehicle, which maintains all its quaint charm from the wooden seats to the brass bells, was put to work running daily tours through Temecula wine country. As the fleet grew, Brewen added more tours to her repertoire. Today, she conducts excursions to local wineries, microbreweries, and eateries; holiday events; and transportation for tourists or wedding guests.
Vital Climbing Gym combines the facilities of a rock-climbing center with the comforts of a coffee lounge, giving members a place to strengthen their bodies and relax their minds. The 24-hour gym entices members to climb at any time of day without concern for injury on rocky walls that are built for bouldering, a style of climbing that keeps climbers low to the ground and requires no safety equipment or backup support. Before or after climbing sessions, clients can relax on a comfortable couch, sip a hot beverage from the espresso machine, connect to the gym’s WiFi network, and talk technique with fellow climbers.
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.