Pristine fairways gently rise and fall across 6,664 yards of undulating terrain at Pajaro Valley Golf Club's 18-hole course. Located a mere Goliath's drive from the Pacific Ocean, golfers can smell the crisp sea air and hear the hushed whispers of heist-planning pelicans throughout the picturesque par 72, once the verdant kingdom of 1930s golf legend Olin Dutra. The club’s E-Z-Go golf carts ferry about the arsenal of woods and irons needed to triumph over the transition from shorter par 3s and 4s to the lengthy fairways at the 1st, 4th, 15th, and 17th holes, all par 5.
After looping the horticultural haven, golfers can retreat to the club's full-service restaurant, where frothy beers and hamburgers refuel weary bodies and famished 9-irons. Spiky-shoed journeymen can place their order ahead of time at the 9th or 18th tees, ensuring their meal will be ready for them at the turn or shortly after the round.
Dr. Bianco and his team of hygienists clean and maintain healthy mouths with general, restorative, and cosmetic practices. During 80-minute teeth-whitening appointments, hygienists paint individual chompers with Opalescence Boost potion, a chemically activated recipe concocted with 38% hydrogen peroxide to bleach away the evidence of habits such as drinking coffee, smoking, and quoting Sam Kinison. After technicians whitewash mouthbones, the fluoride mixed into the solution awakens to prevent roots from becoming sensitive. A thorough teeth cleaning abates the risk of mouth disease by expunging oral cavities of built-up plaque and tartar. During dental exams and x-rays, hygienists investigate the likelihood that dated dental work and decay will cause teeth to abandon gums for careers as sharp marbles.
Certified nutritional consultant, master herbalist, and holder of a PhD in holistic health, Jackie Christensen naturally works toxins from the body at Holistic Horizons. She accomplishes this by taking a holistic approach—that is, accounting for the diet, exercise regimen, genetic makeup, attitude, and spirituality of each client. This philosophy encompasses a wide range of services such as the pantry revolution—where Jackie teaches you how to fill your pantry with healthy whole foods—and bio-individual detoxification program, where she flushes out toxins by reworking your diet, lifestyle, relaxation levels, and health supplements.
Goldi Jacques-Maynes, the almost-eponymous founder of Golden Chiropractic, draws on knowledge gleaned while training with leading authorities in sports chiropractic medicine to keep spines happy, healthy, and pliable. Before administering customized treatments, the licensed chiropractor first gets to know her patients through a medical history overview that accounts for past injuries and part-time jobs with Sisyphean construction crews. X-rays afford an internal peek at the spine’s going-ons, and adjustments relieve sublaxations before Dr. Jacques-Maynes calls upon activator adjusting instruments, electrical muscle stimulation, and ultrasound therapy to correct ailing discs.
The center’s resident massage therapists, Monica and Nancy Ferreira, supplement chiropractic treatments with massage techniques cultivated during hours of training. Whether gliding across backs with Swedish-style strokes or placing warm rocks in areas of built-up pressure, Monica and Nancy work to reduce muscle tension and increase joints’ range of motion.
Dr. Suman Kumar leads the staff at Accu Dental in nurturing patients’ oral health with the latest health systems. Digital x-ray machines attached to high-definition monitors gift them with meticulous images for diagnosis. Precise, clean cuts are made with soft-tissue lasers that decrease healing time and entertain bicuspids suffering from ennui. This dedication resonates with patients and professionals alike—the office receives praise regularly from current patients, and in 2012 was named an Elite Preferred Provider by Invisalign.
Since his first run-in with Brazilian jujitsu at age 7, Claudio França has been busy. Now a fifth-degree black belt, he's spent more than 30 years mentoring MMA competitors, winning multiple championships, and hosting the annual U.S. Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament in Santa Cruz. He also teaches classes at three eponymous dojos with the help of fellow black belts. Training sessions teach groups how to execute BJJ's signature ground-fighting techniques and instill in individuals the keys to becoming a part of the martial-arts community.
Claudio's classes mix advanced students with total beginners, enabling the new arrivals to learn from more than one person, while regulars hone their coaching chops. The environment is family friendly, as well: there are programs for kids as young as 4, youth classes, and both women-only and co-ed adult lessons.