The course at David L. Baker Memorial Golf Center doesn't have any par 5s. Its longest par 4 is just 315 yards. But the par 62 course does feature water on 10 of its 18 holes, including a tricky balancing act on the par 3 third hole. Here, players must lift their shots high above an isthmus created by two lakes that run from either side all the way to the green 114 yards away. The potential for big payoffs abound throughout the course, but not without taking on significant risk. Once the sun goes down, overhead lights come up and players can continue their rounds well into the evening hours without exposing their golf balls to the risk of sunburn.
Rated by Rankmark as among the best wedges for both high and low handicaps in a 2004 test, TG 02 Spin Action wedges utilize a novel design and USGA-non-conforming square grooves to help golfers swing their way out of tight spots. Both the chrome wedge, forged from carbon steel with a cobalt finish, and the copper wedge, comprised of beryllium copper, provide users with excellent feel and control. Both clubs are available for right- and left-handed golfers, and both feature the option of either a steel or graphite shaft.
Meadowlark Golf Club was built in 1922?well before engineering enabled drivers to hit golf balls hundreds of yards and rule-makers loosened restrictions on cannon use. So it makes sense that its course measures a bit shorter than most: 5,568 yards from the tips. But that doesn't mean it's a walk in the park by any means. Meadowlark makes artful use of its coastal terrain?just two miles from the ocean?with water hazards and strategically placed bunkers spread across the contoured fairways and greens, challenging players from the first tee shot to the final putt. After adding up their score, players can check out the seven big-screen TVs in the Spanish Colonial-style clubhouse's bar and grill, or recreate their best tee shots at a 30-stall, night-lit driving range.
Course at a Glance:
Providing more than 4,000 lessons a year to 1,500 students, Golf Swing Perscription's experienced staff of instructors use high-speed cameras and FlightScope analytics to examine their clients' golf swings. Clients who are ready to launch golf balls into the air meet up with an instructor at Golf Swing Prescription's indoor studio that features a carpet with green turf. Cameras capture each swing for later review on a 46-inch flat screen, which gives instructors a good, long look at each clients' style to help improve form and follow-through with time-testing instruction techniques and a calculates series of jabs to the shoulder's reflex point. After each lesson, instructors post a summary online, where students can retrieve the information for 24/7 advice.
Long Beach Golf Learning Center furnishes players with everything needed to calibrate their strokes and lower their scores—especially the space to practice. On its 19-acre plot, an 11,000-square-foot putting area hones short games while more than 80 hitting spaces look out over a 340-yard-long driving range. Of those spaces, more than 20 are authentic grass and 40 come furnished with a Power Tee—an automated teeing system that saves guests the effort of leaning over to set up their ball or the bubblegum required to hire a toddler to do it. When more than space is necessary to bring about improvement, players can opt for lessons with director of instruction Eric Manley or have an expert club fitter tweak their equipment’s loft, lie, or shaft frequency at The Fitting Studio.
A 200-foot downhill tee shot opens Champions Club at the Retreat, rendering the 485-yard, par 5 first hole reachable in two strokes. Such elevational considerations color play throughout the 18-hole course, cradled as it is within the Temescal Valley's undulating canyons adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest. Bermuda grass fairways slink through the rocky outcroppings and low-lying brush, corralling foursomes onto smooth greens of bent grass. Yet despite its imposing appearance, a major renovation in 2011 tempered the course's difficulty a tad, eliminating some of the more punishing aspects of the course such as 16 bunkers.
Anchoring every round is the 25,000-square-foot clubhouse. Done up in a Tuscan theme and accessorized with trickling fountains and golden sunshine, the structure immerses visitors in creature comforts before they tee up. Players can stop for post-round drinks or fuel up for a round with pub-style eats on the grand patio, which overlooks the 9th and 18th greens.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,765 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.9 from the back tees * Course slope of 145 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard