Cleaved between the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of Santa Ynez Mountain, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is among the oldest polo facilities in the U.S. The Club was established in 1911 and quickly became a focal point of competition and social interaction. In fact, by the 1920s, spending Sunday at the club had already become a celebrated social event. Visitors would don the latest fashions and picnic at the fields, some even hiring helpers to assist with the noonday meal and deliver jokes during intermission.
Although some conventions have changed, the club retains its reputation as an elegant destination to enjoy the “Sport of Kings.” It features a trio of world-renowned polo fields, plus eight tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pool for recreational use. The club still draws some of society’s most noble figures, too—Prince William and Catherine visited during 2011, a trip that saw Prince William compete in a charitable match.
Under one roof, Sunnyside has all the tools its members need to get fit and enjoy themselves in the process. Group fitness classes give participants a way to try a variety of workout styles, and personal trainers are on hand to help members maximize their time, whether they're running on a treadmill or using it as a napping bench. The cardio theater supplies a variety of sweat-inducing options, and saunas provide a place to recuperate and let your muscles cry after a good workout.
Authorized dealer for HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports, fully equipped Pro Shop (racquets, shoes, shirts, skirts, socks, grips, strings, hats, wristbands, headbands, tennis balls, vibration dampeners, head and lead tape and gifts), racquet stringing (the some day service), grommets replacement (for all Head racquets) and grips repl
Fig Garden's experienced instructors—all of whom are registered with the national Yoga Alliance or trained by independent schools in their areas of specialization—have been inching Fresnites toward enlightenment since 1998. The cozy, intimate studio focuses on the Iyengar style of hatha yoga, often employing props such as blocks, straps, and water-squirting boutonnières to aid participants of all ages and experience levels in maintaining poses suitable for Cubist figure-drawing classes. After a few classes, inflexible flexors will see an improvement in balance, an increase in core strength, and a newfound taffy-like bendability. In addition to stretching and burnishing a stiff soul-sack, hatha yoga focuses the mind and eases emotional tension caused by the continued inability to beat a cousin at pogs. Fig Garden's ongoing repertoire of small, drop-in classes ($15 each) ensure that greenhorn yogis and experienced gurus have many opportunities for individual attention.
Saunas. Spas. A caf? and lounge. There are plenty of places to relax within?Sierra Athletic Club, but its members have a hard time sitting still. Also inside the club, certified personal trainers guide clients through high-intensity workouts in the 3,000-square-foot Power Plant. Work out mavens congregate for cross training classes, incorporating the likes of kettlebells, TRX straps, bands, wall balls, plyo boxes, rowing machines, and other equipment designed to keep workouts fresh and engaging. Individual athletes or teams can also come together for sport-specific training exercises led by trainers who specialize in everything from sport/position-specific training, rehabilitation, weight loss and senior fitness.
?On the other side of the athletic club, clients have access to two weight rooms, cardio machines, and areas?for?athletic competition. Nine tennis courts stand outside next to a?swimming?pool, where members can practice laps or train for a run on the underwater chess circuit. Indoors, rubber balls?bounce around seven?racquetball courts. Sierra Athletic Club keeps its workouts flexible. Members can exercise on their own, or enroll in more?structured programs. The training staff leads swimming lessons and energetic group fitness classes, such as Zumba, cycling, yoga, and seven different styles of martial arts.
Officially opened in July 1962, Village Country Club incorporates the natural beauty of Northern Santa Barbara County?s wine country as its backdrop. Towering oaks and pine trees play a starring role throughout the course, especially on the 10th hole. There, a stately oak stands right in the middle of the fairway, marking the course's signature challenge and the location of its treasure chest of golden golf balls. At the 16th hole, meanwhile, an elevated tee tempts players to let it fly, all while avoiding a lake and brook running the length of the hole?s left side.
Next to the course, club visitors can practice on the driving range or at a practice green outfitted with a sand bunker. Or, they can step away from golf altogether by taking a dip in the pool and hitting the tennis courts?each of which remains open year-round.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,546 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 71.5 from the back tees
Course slope of 128 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole