StoneRidge Country Club’s 18th hole is almost an island green; a pond to the left and an oversized bunker to the right surrounds it, leaving only a slim parcel of grass to access the actual putting surface. The 350-yard par 4 finale is just one of the challenging holes found on the Ted Robinson design, a layout that often leaves golfers staring down tricky lies or into the souls of nervous irons. For more than half a century, golfers have flocked to the private club to test their shot-making skills on the course's eclectic features, which include drastic elevation changes, interspersed ponds, and narrow fairways cleaved between rows of mature arbores.
PGA professional Mike Feeney and a fleet of golf aces roam the grounds and are available for lessons to teach players how to improve their swings and approach different course conditions. Golfers can practice their techniques at the driving range’s 18 hitting stations, working up an appetite before dropping by the clubhouse restaurant for a snack or meal from the dinner menu of classic grill fare and upscale entrees.
StoneRidge Country Club also entertains members with a 25-meter swimming pool, complete with a wading pool and jacuzzi. Guests looking to transform their backstroke into a groundstroke can engage in friendly competition on the nine tennis courts, seven of which are lighted for nighttime play or when the solar system's dormant sun is blocking the good one.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 73 course * Length of 5,625 yards * Course rating of 74.9 * Slope rating of 136 * See the scorecard * See hole details * Four tee options
When the San Diego Dance Centre was established in 1974, the school had 35 students. Over the years, the school has grown to more than 400 students, necessitating a move into a 9,000-square-foot studio with five dance studio rooms, full-length mirrors, and marley flooring that provides traction and support. Passionate, experienced instructors, including owner Kristen Hibbs, guide students through jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and other dance styles, and also through acrobatic and tumbling classes. The school welcomes dancers of all experience levels, from total beginners to advanced dancers such as Sophia Lucia, a student featured on the television show Dance Moms.
Every morning, the lotus flower surfaces from the murky water and unfurls its brilliant petals in the sun?s warmth. This image of a lotus flower blooming on the sign outside A Rich Experience Massage & Wellness Spa hints at this process of perpetual renewal. The spa's team attempts to help patrons blossom, drawing out inner beauty in minimalist rooms to help create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
During skincare treatments, the staff's medical aesthetician analyzes facial features before refreshing them with products from Botanical Science. Muscles purr smoothly under the hands of a licensed massage therapist, who, unlike an Olympic gymnastics coach, uses pressure to relieve tension.
Bonnie Stromer, a registered art therapist, opened Xpressive Arts Center to make art programs available for everyone in the community, animating her belief that the arts are an important form of self-expression and communication. Inside the historic stone building, instructors lead an array of classes in printmaking, beadwork, and painting to stoke the flames of each individual?s artistic expressivity. During the popular BYOB painting sessions, groups of painters bond and learn new techniques over wine, beer, or basically any kind of matter that starts with the letter b.
A stable of equine luminaries awaits riders at Horse Savvy, a full-service showing and sales barn whose knowledgeable instructors also train budding jockeys of all ages. Students learn the fundamentals of riding, safety, and old-timey train heisting during private or group lessons and weeklong summer camps that trot down area trails and incorporate fun games and crafting.
Behind the vertical columns and manicured hedgerows of the art-deco district's Ocean Reef hotel, the salon and spa’s aestheticians and massage therapists pamper bodies with nourishing head-to-toe therapies. Mere steps from Miami Beach and bustling Collins Avenue, the spa is surrounded by myriad local promenades on which to flaunt physiques newly nourished by hair, body, and facial treatments, as well as waxing. Clients can park cars or their Shetland ponies on the street, or take advantage of Ocean Reef's valet service.