When Atlantis fell, the only survivors were its golfers, whose vast knowledge of water hazards saw them to safety. Hone game-saving skills with today's Groupon: for $22, you get an adult semiprivate golf lesson from Ace Golf Academy at Arroyo Seco Golf Club in South Pasadena (a $50 value).
PGA-certified teaching pros Joe Cano and Mark Spinelli impart more than five decades of collective hard-won golf wisdom to novice swingers in one-hour sessions. The semiprivate lesson is designed for aspiring clubbers with little or no golf experience and begins with a basic overview of golf equipment, outlining the utility of each club and dispelling myths that golf balls can feel pain. Class sizes range between two and four pupils, affording future aces ample opportunity to ask questions as they learn fundamental skills such as the golf grip, stance, posture, and alignment from the emerald-hitting bays of the club's driving range. Ace Golf Academy graciously supplies pupils lacking a sufficient bag of clubs or modified gardening implements with a set of quality crooked sticks to use during the lesson, as well as an ample artillery of range balls to launch at unsuspecting target greens.