Mare Island Golf Club, whose 1892 founding makes it one of the oldest courses in the country, attracts golfers with breathtaking island scenery. Built near old Marine barracks, the course—which wasn't expanded into an 18-hole layout until 2000—originally sported sand greens, dry fairways, and a cast of unusual inhabitants including a Marine lieutenant's horse, who was drawn to the grounds by career aspirations of becoming a golf cart.
Today, the par-70 course begins with nine traditional, tree-lined holes before opening up on the back nine with a links-style layout designed by renowned Pacific Rim architect Robin Nelson. As golfers swing toward distant greens, views of San Pablo Bay and—on a clear day—the Golden Gate Bridge appear from certain vantages and sand-trap oases.
To perfect a backswing or spell out a marriage proposal with golf balls, players head to the 225-yard driving range with a bucket of balls. Patrons should arrive at least 20 minutes before tee times and can grab a bite in the restaurant or look for one of the 10 ammunition bunkers scattered throughout the course, which serve as a reminder of its connection to the military during World War I and II.
Golf legend Arnold Palmer, known in the cleated world as the King and winner of the PGA Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, designed the undulating ryegrass fairways at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club. Ranked as one of Golf Digest’s Readers’ Choice Top 50 Public Courses in 2009, the course unfolds scenic views of rolling hills as players give their balls detailed directions, hand them compasses and trail mix, and send them hiking toward the pin. The 12th hole’s pin challenges orbs with one of the toughest locations on the course, and eight sand bunkers guard three sides of the 18th hole’s green. After working up a sweat, swingers can remove their gloves and Kevlar vests and celebrate or commiserate their score at The Grille, where diners gaze out over the greens while munching sandwiches and quaffing beer.
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For Felipe H. Galvan Jr., DDS, dentistry is a family tradition. As a third-generation dentist surrounded by family members who work in the field of dentistry, Dr. Galvan—or "Dr. Philip," as his patients and staff call him—has grown up with a devotion to helping others. He graduated from Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines, and became board certified in the U.S. in 2000. Since then, he has continued his medical education at Loma Linda University and UCLA, continuously seeking new techniques and treatments for his patients at Galvan Dental Care.
Within the office's cheerful yellow walls, he performs treatments ranging from Zoom! teeth whitening to smile-enhancing veneers. The sunny reception area is bedecked with an Asian-inspired painting, fuchsia orchid blossoms, and bamboo plants, whose circular growth could be easily straightened with a handful of custom Invisalign aligners if they could only consent.
Once guests step through the doors at Anew Day Spa, they begin a mini vacation from mental and physical discomfort. By the time they are ready to walk back out and return to their lives, clients will have topped off their stores of relief and tranquility. In between, they can opt to sit in chairs and relax as relief cascades from sore shoulders and backs, or let therapists pore over their whole bodies as they decompress on massage tables. During reflexology sessions, a trained therapist applies liberating pressure to the feet to relieve pain all over the body and thank toes for teaching children how to accurately identify different kinds of piggies.
Chiropractic care is about more than solving back pain. As a treatment modality, it promotes overall wellbeing across the entire body by helping restore healthy neurological function. When physical trauma or daily stress causes spines to go rogue, chiropractors Drs. Jerry and Malia Kenny—the husband-wife founders of Kenny Family Chiropractic—roll out a combination of physical therapy and spinal adjustments to correct the problems. Their underlying philosophy goes beyond typical medical care to target both symptoms and causes to help bodies learn to naturally heal themselves.
Although hands-on treatments help the duo specifically target trouble areas, they also unholster some futuristic technology when it's needed. The Danville office's ML830 cold laser, for example, can noninvasively relieve stress in the body's deep tissues, far beyond the reach of hands or the laser-pointer therapy of a traveling charlatan.
At ALC of Vallejo, Alfred L. Caruso, MD and his experienced staff exclusively use Palomar lasers for their noninvasive aesthetic treatments. Their StarLux 500 model scatters light over faces during IPL photofacials that work to eliminate sun damage, and triggers the body’s healing processes to address wrinkles and acne during fractional laser sessions. For patients looking to part ways with unwanted follicles, the staff employs a Vectus laser, cooling gel, and a tasteful Dear Hair letter. A seasoned veteran in medical aesthetics, Dr. Caruso has operated his own practice for the past 14 years.