Booge Mercer started small, but she had a vision. Launching Oak Tree Gun Club in 1973 with just six fields, a trailer, and two outhouses, she steadily expanded the private shooting club into a public range. Soon, Charlton Heston and Steven Spielberg were dropping by. When Mercer passed in 1993, James Mitchell purchased the club and resumed Mercer?s vision. Today, Oak Tree Gun Club continues to draw outdoorsmen under the ownership of James' daughters, Betsy and Katie. The club?s facilities have even provided filming locations for television shows such as Entourage and NCIS. Those facilities have grown to include the Oak Tree Bar & Grill, a pro shop, and an archery field with 3D targets.
The renowned architectural tandem of Ted Robinson, Sr. and Ted Robinson, Jr. added a true masterpiece to its resum? when they designed Robinson Ranch Golf Club. Located at the base of the Angeles National Forest, the Santa Clarita gem features two award-winning 18-hole courses?the Mountain Course and the Valley course?spread across 400 acres of land that features frequent elevation changes and fields of wild golf carts grazing on the pastureland.
The property sends visitors through unsullied stretches of sage and chaparral, with California sycamores and coastal live oaks adding their own characteristics of emerald beauty to the lush framework. The course's natural juxtaposition means that certain holes challenge players with water hazards, but other holes reward them with waterfalls. After rounds of golf, players can regroup with food and drinks amid rustic ranch decor inside the 25,000 square foot clubhouse.
Mountain Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * 6,508 yards from the tips * Four tees per hole * Course slope of 135 * Course rating of 72.1 * Scorecard
Valley Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * 6,903 yards from the tips * Four tees per hole * Course slope of 146 * Course rating of 74.6 * Scorecard
Moonwalk. Bounce house. Jumpy thing. The cushy structures that frequent kids' parties and indoor fun centers go by many names, but they're all synonymous with one word: fun. That's what Awesome Bounce! brings to the pintsize guests of any event, with an inventory of moonbounces—the company’s preferred term—featuring kid-friendly themes such as pirates, Dora the Explorer, Disney princesses, and tax season. The bounce houses vary from basic bouncers to combo units equipped with novel additions such as slides, tunnels, basketball hoops, and cushy ladders.
Awesome Bounce! staffers deliver, set up, and tear down its inflatable playgrounds for each event, allowing supervising adults to tend to other party responsibilities. To further foment festive fun, Awesome Bounce! also offers water slides, carnival games, and extras such as hot-dog grills, popcorn machines, and court jesters beamed in from the Middle Ages.
If your feet can do it, Encore Dance Fitness will teach it. The studio’s vast range of classes includes everything from partnerless ballroom dancing to vertical ballet, where participants shimmy up poles while keeping their toes pointed. In addition to teaching cardio and traditional dance styles, instructors lead Pilates and yoga sessions as well as specialty classes including aerial movement with silks and trapezes.
If you’re looking to improve your balance, you can attend high-energy West African dance and meditative yoga classes, with occasional breaks for twirling in an aerial hoop. To work up a sweat, there are 15 different cardio dance classes to choose from. They cover everything from belly dancing to iconic choreography from movies, television, and that dream where you perform a dance-off with zombies. For women who want to work out with children in tow, Encore offers children’s dance classes, childcare, and a homework club.
Flyboard riders fly yards above the waves, held aloft by the downward-facing, more-than 200-horsepower jets of water issuing from their boards' bases. It sounds like a complicated process, but really, flyboarding and walking take roughly the same amount of coordination—newbies typically learn the basics in 5 minutes and more complex tricks in 15. The learning process is especially user-friendly at Aquaflyboarding USA, where a team of certified flyboard instructors start each flight with a safety overview. Then, they coach flights in real-time.
All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.