The Golf Academy/LA's savvy instructors impart tee-to-green golf wisdom to help golfers improve all aspects of their golf games and golf-specific fitness goals. Lessons harness the latest teaching aids and technology, which allow golf aces to analyze each of their client's swings with verifiable data gleaned from 3-D sensors, slow-motion video feedback, and caddies returning from a mulligan-free future. Instructors advocate the importance of physical fitness and custom-fitted clubs to the development of a well-rounded game, which can be achieved and attained within the academy's four locations.
Your day of golf at Verdugo Hills Golf Course is sure to be perfect to a tee. This 18-hole 3-par course is historic, yet still in great condition. It’s open all year long and offers tee times as early as 6:30 in the morning and as late as 9:30 at night. The trees on the course present a fun challenge, and putting is easy on the well-kept greens. Overall, it’s a great course for beginning golfers and more intermediate players, though anyone can enjoy their experience here. You can also practice your swing at the driving range, pick up gear, and refuel at the excellent snack bar. Now that the Tees on the Green Restaurant has a liquor license, make sure to pair your juicy burger with an ice-cold beer—there are many on tap to choose from.
Penmar Golf Club (located just blocks from the beach) is sure to be your choice for a quick round or two of 9-hole golf. This members-only club offers a truly unique experience including putting contests and much more. The immaculately-kept greens and fairways will delight your senses and make you forget you’re in the heart of Los Angeles. The varying hole layouts are sure to accommodate golfers of all levels. Are you new to golf? Playing these 9 holes will improve your game dramatically. Are you a seasoned golf pro? Penmar Golf Club will challenge even the best and keep your skills razor sharp. For membership information or to fill out an application, visit their website (penmargolf.lagolfclubs.com).
What makes it great: 9-hole city course that’s hilly and surprisingly challenging; unusually long, narrow fairways dotted with trees and sand traps; just one of a few golf courses in Griffith Park, with expansive views of the Los Angeles Basin and the Observatory
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There is great parking nearby for customers.
Equipment: No equipment, just lots of dancing
Students should bring: A towel because you will sweat
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Our clientele like to sweat, so be prepared and bring a towel
Q&A with the Operating Manager
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
Our instructors are friendly, encouraging and engaging and the classes are extremely fun; so even though you're getting a good workout you're having tons of fun while you're doing it. It's easy to stay motivated when you're having a good time.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
Many of our instructors as well as clients have lost lots of weight just by taking the Zumba classes. Some upwards of 100 pounds, and they are happy to share their personal experiences.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Yes. The Latin inspired music is infectious and when other genres like traditional Indian music, hip hop and mainstream pop is sprinkled in, everyone finds a reason to dance.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our studio is small but very friendly and we pay special attention to everyone that attends, and we are really committed to their health and well-being.