For Sean Lanyi, the first step to becoming a golf teacher was agonizing. After winning his first professional tournament, he developed intense pain in his right arm and needed reconstructive surgery on his elbow. The year he spent away from the fairway consisted of rigorous physical therapy and exercise, which helped him cultivate a new sense of discipline outside his golf practice. By teaching himself to move and swing again, Sean found a desire to do the same for others—he taught in Hawaii and Las Vegas, then finally traveled back to the Black Gold Golf Club in Orange County to establish himself as a PGA Teaching Professional and Playing Professional in the Southern California PGA Section.
Today, Sean channels his past as well as lessons from Mike Malaska, Jim Flick, Jack Nicklaus, Jerry King, and Jim Waldron as he trains all ages and skill levels with group, corporate, and private lessons. With high-speed cameras and V1 video analysis, he meticulously analyzes swings, sending clients individual emails with tips for enhancing their form. He also hosts clinics that encompass all aspects of game play, teaching participants how to achieve greater distances or fake a change in wind speed by blowing in their opponent's ear.
Since it was built in 1965, Pico Rivera Golf Course has attracted challengers hoping to bag birdies and dodge bogies on its nine-hole layout. After a significant renovation in 2012, the course features wide emerald fairways dotted with sandy bunkers, glimmering ponds, and mature, 40-year-old trees to challenge shots. Play can continue even after dark, as both the course and driving range are lit by overhead lights until 10 p.m. to chase away the ghosts that second-guess club choices.
Named America's third most difficult golf course by Golf Digest, Ko'olau Golf Club's Dick Nugent–designed course snakes through the crags of the picturesque, 2,000-foot Ko'olau Ridge mountain range, where duffers contend with dramatic elevation changes and the thick vegetation of the tropical jungle. The breathtaking course spans 5,102 yards from the forward tees and 7,310 yards from the back tees, with two sets in between, and its length is compounded by a series of deep ravines, massive sand bunkers, and driver-stealing Pacific loons. After enduring 17 intricate holes, golfers must steel themselves for the dramatic, par 4 18th, where two forced carries and 22 sand bunkers may turn even the boldest of wedge-wielding knights into a quivering lickspittle. Though the formidable seashore paspalum monolith may mangle scorecards, its sweeping, tropical vistas and cascading waterfalls make the course a beautiful and enjoyable haunt for all.
Since 1970, golfers have been traversing the 3,039 yards of Scholl Canyon Golf Course, beating back bogies with clubs a combination of and cunning. The William P. Bell design escorts them across fairways of high bermuda and large bentgrass greens, adding up to a par 60 course comprised of six par 4s and 12 par 3s. With just one hole extending to more than 300 yards, the course emphasizes the short game and confers success on those who can dial in their iron play and keep their putts from rolling into a time warp.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 60 course * Total length of 3,039 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 54.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 88 from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole?
The palm trees at Royal Vista Golf Club reach high in the clouds, a visual testament to the course's maturation over the past half-century. The course?a 27-hole gem framed to the south by distant mountain peaks?connects wide fairways and small greens in a landscape dotted with sand traps and water hazards. True to the area's rolling topography, many holes stretch over elevation changes that add drama to putts and make carts squeal with delight. Before rounds, guests can enjoy a practice session at the driving range, chipping area, and two practice greens.