Ed Harris's knowledge of golf could fill a book—and it has, three times over. The PGA pro and author of instructional books that teach golfers about swing dynamics, short-game mastery, and course strategy also shares his expertise in lessons at his eponymous school, which has welcomed high-profile alumni including Clint Eastwood, Alice Cooper, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Private lessons provide personalized programs to improve skills, often using video evaluation to further pinpoint the exact moment the student lost their form and spun into a pirouette. Nine-hole [playing lessons present on-course challenges, and classes designed for juniors teach young players the fundamentals of the game, including how to react when golf carts start bucking.
Colina Park Golf Course taunts ambitious short games with a beautifully manicured 18-hole par 3 layout. Playing just more than 1,500 yards, the course offers holes ranging from 67 to 125 yards, with accuracy a crucial component of making par and gaining first downs. Multiple bunkers, lakes, waterfalls, varied tee-box elevations, and undulating greens further challenge golfers, making the course an ideal training ground for beginners and duffers who want to perfect their short iron shots. A 10-round pass allows one individual to swing the serene course 10 separate times or to divide the rounds among family and friends to prove their dimpled-ball dominance. Colina Park Golf Course also treats links lovers to a full-service practice facility featuring a 3,000-square-foot practice putting green, a chipping and bunker area, a nine-hole putting course, and a warm-up and driving cage. Exhausted players can also stop by the pro shop to restock on equipment, pick up snacks and beverages, or report runaway pitching wedges.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4.39 value).
Fun 4 All entertains clans with a merry mishmash of family-oriented indoor and outdoor activities, including miniature golf, go-karts, and a fully stocked arcade. Club-brandishing cliques can play their way across the polychromatic fairways of an 18-hole miniature-golf course, which offers all the excitement of a regular golf excursion without the added expense of golf-cart toll roads. The facility's circular go-kart course loops around rings of worn-out tires, generating a secure driving track ideal for young operators. Hone small-craft boating skills on vibrant yellow, green, and red bumper boats, which impart lifelong skills like steering and celestial navigation via streetlights. A broad-ranged arcade dazzles eyes with neon-hued entertainment that includes skee-ball, air hockey, and Shoot N Hoops.
The family-owned Sun Valley Golf Course cultivates a welcoming atmosphere that sets nerves at ease so that youngsters and beginners can make a stress-free foray into the lifelong game. The par 27 excursion politely omits any tee shot longer than 145 yards, eliminating the trepidation felt on long tee shots over water or asteroid craters at larger venues. Nevertheless, small greens and quick changes in elevation keep even more experienced players on their toes and help them to hone short-game technique. The course's short layout ensures that players average less than 90 minutes for a nine-hole round, leaving plenty of time in the day to polish lucky golf balls.
Its simple course layout makes Sun Valley Golf Course a natural place for young club cadets to take up the game. Junior golf programs led by instructor Mike Cortes help kids to develop proper form at an early age through camps, clinics, and classes.
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As San Diego’s self-proclaimed first canine country club, Fido & Co. provides luxury grooming and daycare services for man's best friend. Doggies can peruse the spacious, completely cage-free facility while getting their wag on in multi-level play rooms lined with a special rubber surface that’s easy on the joints and paws during play time. Owners can treat their pets to soothing spa services that include a hydrating blueberry facial ($10), nail-trimming pawdicure ($25), skin-healing conditioning body wrap ($15–$25), or healing acupressure massage ($50) that alleviates muscle fatigue and soreness. The grooming services can trim tangled coats and are customized for specific breeds. Update your dog’s look with cuts such as the short and spiky Bart Simpson ($15), short and simple Sumo Cut ($15), or rockin’ Faux Hawk ($15–$35). Ensure your pup is the most stylish on the block and give it the confidence to trot down sidewalks, nose held high, with the dog-spa services at Fido & Co.