Golf obstacles parallel life challenges and reinforce conventional wisdom that the only way to escape rough patches is through excessive clubbing. Power through impediments with today’s Groupon to Malibu Golf Club in Malibu. Choose between the following options:
- For $99, you get a nine-hole playing lesson for one with PGA Class A instructor Gene Hori (up to a $205 value).
- For $139, you get a nine-hole playing lesson for two with PGA Class A instructor Gene Hori (up to a $330 value).<p>
Nestled in the shadows of the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu Golf Club’s 18-hole course flows between canyon walls, rising and falling with dramatic elevation changes that give way to sweeping Southern California panoramas. The club’s resident ace—PGA Class A instructor Gene Hori—accompanies clubbers for a nine-hole round, proffering advice in real time to help players stay in the short grass and out of the course’s rough, where feral caddies forage for errant golf balls. Along with constructive technical tips, Gene counsels players in all perplexing course-management quandaries, such as when to hit driver, when to lay up, and how to communicate with the nudist sunbathers displaced in the sand traps. Pupils can enjoy undivided attention with a private lesson or benefit from the natural one-upmanship of a two-person lesson. After the nine-hole session has concluded, players can pay an extra $50 to play the additional nine without Gene’s sage company.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,614 yards from the farthest tees * Course rating of 72.6 from the farthest tees * Slope rating of 132 from the farthest tees * Three tee options
Lakewood Country Club
Designed by famed course architect William Bell in 1933, the Lakewood Country Club has been testing the mettle of golfers for nearly eight decades. Today, players still roam the championship-caliber course, sending balls flying toward 18 holes spread across 7,033 yards of well-manicured grass. Along the way, they encounter several challenges, including precision par 3s and newly installed (but still treacherous) bunkers. All of this helped earn Lakewood the reputation as one of the finest courses in southern Los Angeles, an honor reflected by the course's numerous appearances on LA County's Course of the Year lists.