Activities in San Marcos

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The 18-hole Reidy Creek Golf Course covers 2,582 yards in the rugged hills of Escondido, supplying guests with a scenic backdrop for club-based revelry. The rolling terrain of the par 54 course—intertwined with manmade obstacles such as sculpted bunkers, sinuous lakes, and wind—challenges golfers as they attempt holes-in-one. The distinctive course, designed by the notable engineers at Cal Olson Golf Architecture not to contain any two identical holes, contains a golf shop, café, and golf clinics taught by PGA professionals. ______________ Operating out of five courses throughout the greater San Diego area, JC Golf's Intro2Golf program fosters pin-hunting prowess with a shrewd blend of hands-on instruction, individual practice, and on-course experience designed to introduce the basics of golf to beginners. During the pressure-free sessions, JC Golf equips pupils with all the necessary equipment, saving neophytes the hassle of rustling up their own sets of clubs or graphite shaft bananas. Three additional buckets of range balls grant golfers the spherical tools necessary to implant newly learned concepts into muscle memory. The package also allows clubbers to loop the links at their chosen course twice after 4 p.m. for an additional $10 per round, allowing them to test their mettle amid the brambly hazards and sand-trap curmudgeons found on every real course.

1441 N Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos,
CA
US

Sculpted into the coastal foothills of San Diego County, Lake San Marcos Country Club’s North Course spans 6,426 yards of lush fairways and well-manicured greens. Throughout the course, mature trees await wayward orbs on the edges of fairways, and serpentine bodies of water crisscross fairways, punishing duffers for errant shots. Before taking to the links, golfers can prepare with a stint at the club’s full-length driving range, where all-grass hitting stations emulate on-course conditions as well as an opportunity to seek vengeance on Mother Earth for a lifetime of traumatizing grass stains. Casual eats at Gordon’s on the Green help restore energy after rounds that include the treacherous trek up the 12th hole—a 606-yard par 5 that runs almost entirely uphill. Those looking for a quick golf experience akin to reading the abridged version of Jack Nicklaus’s cookbook can take to the South Course, a par 58 executive layout.

1556 Camino Del Arroyo
San Marcos,
CA
US

Every summer, the sprawling fields and winding horse trails of the peaceful Walnut Grove Park undergo a transformation. The clinks and clanks of a towering stage being built permeate the soundscape, taking prominence over the usual noises of bird chirps and rustling leaves. The aromas of tender barbeque meats fill the air, and droves of music-lovers, families, and groups of friends flock to the park with their lawn chairs and beach blankets in tow. Once the crowd has arrived, top local musicians take to the stage to perform lively rock and blues songs as servers top off plastic cups with ice-cold brews. The normally serene park is now the bustling scene of the weekend-long City of San Marcos Rock, Blues & BBQ Festival, which?like the Lincoln statue?s brief sentience and subsequent leg stretch?only happens once a year.

3 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos,
CA
US

Equipment: Cybex Cardio and Strength

Students should bring: Bottle of water, towels, and a desire to get fit.

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Average class length: 30?60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2007

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: We welcome everyone to become a part of our community, so come ready to have fun.

Q&A with Kim, General Manager/Owner

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

We have a smaller membership so that gives us the ability to know everyone's goals and we follow up and call our members to make sure they are doing well to reach their goals. We offer customized personal training for each individual member.

What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?

We have multiple members who have lost more than 100 pounds. But it's also great to see the confidence and swagger members have once they lose the first 10 pounds.

Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?

We offer yoga, Zumba, boot camps, and one-on-one personal training.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We are a special club. We truly want our members to use the club and reach their fitness goals. We also trust every member with a key so they can workout 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in over 1,500 Snap Fitness centers throughout North America.

985 Woodland Pkwy
San Marcos,
CA
US

"I consider sacred the bond of trust that develops over time with our athletes, forged by sound direction, collaboration, and real, lasting results," says Erik Preston, owner and head trainer at CrossFit San Elijo. The ex-Marine recruited a team of instructors who work to forge a sense of community among its members through rigorous shared effort of their group workouts. Instructors teach athletes foundational movements during an initial class before embarking on daily workouts where they’ll hoist kettlebells, master gymnast’s rings, and walk with 45-pound weights. Every exercise is rigorously monitored, as instructors insist on proper form while students execute core exercises of squat, press, and lift. Along with emphasizing sound mechanics, instructors help copilot participants toward healthier eating habits and recovery techniques.

1615 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd
San Marcos,
CA
US

While many go on to teach the game once their playing days are over, few golfers do so while continuing to tour professionally. Fred Hanover, on the other hand, does just that, and with exceptional results: he has been competing in Canadian Tour events since 1987 and has also served as a golf coach in the California State University system for more than 15 years, even winning the NCAA championship in 1997. Though he’s coached six All-American men and five All-American women over the course of his collegiate coaching career, Fred also gives lessons to beginning and intermediate players at The Golf Coach. Fred customizes lessons to the needs of each student, teaching them to hit the ball farther, straighter, and closer to the rude neighbor’s windshield. Additionally, lessons teach players the importance of course management and mental strength.

1750 San Pablo Dr
Lake San Marcos,
CA
US