The sight of a medieval castle surrounded by tall cacti may seem anachronistic at first, but it's hard to question the image when one is trying to putt a mini golf ball into a grassy hole off the circulating paddles of a windmill. It's whimsical moments like this that make Golf N? Stuff's name feel understated. Beyond the two lush 18-hole mini golf courses that draw year-round visitors, the entertainment center boasts go-karts, bumper boats, and more than 100 arcade games. Batting cages let both kids and adults perfect their swings. Visitors can refuel on hot dogs, Dippin' Dots ice cream, and soda at the snack bar.
For Sean Lanyi, the first step to becoming a golf teacher was agonizing. After winning his first professional tournament, he developed intense pain in his right arm and needed reconstructive surgery on his elbow. The year he spent away from the fairway consisted of rigorous physical therapy and exercise, which helped him cultivate a new sense of discipline outside his golf practice. By teaching himself to move and swing again, Sean found a desire to do the same for others—he taught in Hawaii and Las Vegas, then finally traveled back to the Black Gold Golf Club in Orange County to establish himself as a PGA Teaching Professional and Playing Professional in the Southern California PGA Section.
Today, Sean channels his past as well as lessons from Mike Malaska, Jim Flick, Jack Nicklaus, Jerry King, and Jim Waldron as he trains all ages and skill levels with group, corporate, and private lessons. With high-speed cameras and V1 video analysis, he meticulously analyzes swings, sending clients individual emails with tips for enhancing their form. He also hosts clinics that encompass all aspects of game play, teaching participants how to achieve greater distances or fake a change in wind speed by blowing in their opponent's ear.
GolfTEC's thirteen locations in the Los Angeles area, all staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you’ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.
Named America's third most difficult golf course by Golf Digest, Ko'olau Golf Club's Dick Nugent–designed course snakes through the crags of the picturesque, 2,000-foot Ko'olau Ridge mountain range, where duffers contend with dramatic elevation changes and the thick vegetation of the tropical jungle. The breathtaking course spans 5,102 yards from the forward tees and 7,310 yards from the back tees, with two sets in between, and its length is compounded by a series of deep ravines, massive sand bunkers, and driver-stealing Pacific loons. After enduring 17 intricate holes, golfers must steel themselves for the dramatic, par 4 18th, where two forced carries and 22 sand bunkers may turn even the boldest of wedge-wielding knights into a quivering lickspittle. Though the formidable seashore paspalum monolith may mangle scorecards, its sweeping, tropical vistas and cascading waterfalls make the course a beautiful and enjoyable haunt for all.
Jay Lim is something of a sports renaissance man. In high school, he won the California state championship in high jump, and set a school record by clearing 6'10.5." After jumping for four years in college, he qualified for the 2004 Olympic trials in archery despite receiving no formal training. He took up golf the following year, and established a scratch handicap within a year?a level the overwhelming majority of golfers never attain.
Clearly, Jay Lim knows how to become really good at a sport, really fast. In fact, he's given a name to his approach to golf?the Pure Impact System. The system seeks to replicate a standard, biomechanically efficient swing for each golfer by breaking it down into several core components. This begins with the grip, posture, and setup. Using the results of an initial evaluation, Jay then applies the concept to every part of a golfer's game, from the full swing to strategizing over the best time to build a sand trap in an opponent's path.
Like a paperweight resting on a pile of love letters, this golf-course clubhouse nurtures romance while holding down the verdant, undulating Anaheim Hills. Sunday-brunch companions can clink chalices of champagne and scan a spread of delicacies from across the globe, including breakfast beloveds, such as eggs Benedict and belgian waffles, and cooked-to-order pastas and omelets. Alaskan king-crab legs preside over distinguished fleets of norwegian smoked salmon and jumbo shrimp as insubordinate oysters pile into half shells for a wild ride down tempestuous throat slides. Succulent cuts of carved-to-order prime rib and honey-cured ham sate carnivorous noshers, and blazing plates of bananas flambé employ heat to help finish off feasts, much like how flat-irons finish off hairdos and toaster ovens finish off plastic forks.