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Half Moon Bay Kayak Co.: $35 for a 1-Hour Paddleboard or Single- or Double-Kayak Rental for 2 from Half Moon Bay Kayak ($65 Value)

$35 for a 1-Hour Paddleboard or Single- or Double-Kayak Rental for 2 from Half Moon Bay Kayak ($65 Value)

Half Moon Bay Kayak Co.

El Granada

Aquatic revelers decked out in wetsuits and life jackets traverse the rolling waves of Pillar Point Harbor atop paddleboards or kayaks

$65 $35

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Sierra Whitewater Rafting: 10.5-Mile Upper- or Lower-South-Fork Rafting Trip from Sierra Whitewater (Up to 46% Off)

10.5-Mile Upper- or Lower-South-Fork Rafting Trip from Sierra Whitewater (Up to 46% Off)

Sierra Whitewater Rafting

Lotus

Guides and rafters careen down the cliff-lined class III+ rapids of the American River

$100 $64

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iFly SF Bay: $39 for Two Indoor-Skydiving Flights for One Person and Two Digital Flight Photos at iFly SF Bay ($74 Value)

$39 for Two Indoor-Skydiving Flights for One Person and Two Digital Flight Photos at iFly SF Bay ($74 Value)

iFly SF Bay

Union City

State-of-the-art vertical wind tunnel creates a smooth airflow, simulating that of a skydive free-fall as it allows you to float on air

$74 $39

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GoKart Racer: $40 for a $50 Gift Card for Racing at GoKart Racer

$40 for a $50 Gift Card for Racing at GoKart Racer

GoKart Racer

Multiple Locations

Sodi RX 7 go-karts burn rubber during 10-minute races around indoor road courses

$50 $40

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Skydive Holister: Tandem Skydive from 8,000 Feet for One or Two from Skydive Hollister (Up to 44% Off)

Tandem Skydive from 8,000 Feet for One or Two from Skydive Hollister (Up to 44% Off)

Skydive Holister

Hollister

Instructors help students steer and deploy parachutes in free falls from 8,000 feet over San Francisco and Monterey Bay

$169 $99

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Skydive Sacramento: Ground School and Tandem Jump for One or Two from 9,000 or 13,000 Feet from Skydive Sacramento (Up to 50% Off)

Ground School and Tandem Jump for One or Two from 9,000 or 13,000 Feet from Skydive Sacramento (Up to 50% Off)

Skydive Sacramento

Lincoln

USPA-rated instructors explain skydiving basics, fit students for harnesses, and guide them through free fall and parachute steering

$200 $99

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Skydive Monterey Bay: Weekday or Weekend VIP Tandem Jump for One, Two, or Four at Skydive Monterey Bay (Up to 39% Off)

Weekday or Weekend VIP Tandem Jump for One, Two, or Four at Skydive Monterey Bay (Up to 39% Off)

Skydive Monterey Bay

Marina

Jump from 18,000 feet and enjoy a thrilling 90-second freefall while attached to an instructor; VIPs receive priority boarding and diploma

$399 $269

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Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience: 3-Lap Ride-Along or 10- or 15-Lap Driving Session with Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

3-Lap Ride-Along or 10- or 15-Lap Driving Session with Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience

Stockton Dirt Track

Ride along with a dirt-track driver or take the wheel for a 10- or 15-lap experience in a Dirt Late Model car

$129 $64

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Dive High Hanggliding: Hang-Gliding Lesson and Flight for One or Two at Dive High (Up to 50% Off)

Hang-Gliding Lesson and Flight for One or Two at Dive High (Up to 50% Off)

Dive High Hanggliding

Tracy

Dive High’s trained professionals teach the fundamentals of hang-gliding with ground education and five minutes of real flight

$170 $89

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Skydive Lake Tahoe: $179 for Tandem Skydive at 12,500 Feet at Skydive Lake Tahoe ($229 Value)

$179 for Tandem Skydive at 12,500 Feet at Skydive Lake Tahoe ($229 Value)

Skydive Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Novices take in stunning views of Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada Mountains during a full 60-second free fall and 5-minute parachute descent

$229 $179

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East Bay Hang Gliding: Hang-Gliding Lesson for One, Two, or Four or a Tandem Flight for One from East Bay Hang Gliding (Up to 46% Off)

Hang-Gliding Lesson for One, Two, or Four or a Tandem Flight for One from East Bay Hang Gliding (Up to 46% Off)

East Bay Hang Gliding

San Jose

Lessons are the first step in become a fully trained hang glider; tandem flights show you gorgeous sights alongside a trained pro

$175 $99

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Urban Combat: Four Weeks of Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at Urban Combat (49% Off)

Four Weeks of Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes at Urban Combat (49% Off)

Urban Combat

Allied Arts

From the merchant: One month of unlimited Brazilian jiu-jitsu and self-defense classes; reality-based MMA training

$125 $64

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IMPACT! Kickboxing Fitness: One or Two Months of Unlimited Kickboxing and TRX Classes at Impact! Kickboxing Fitness (Up to 84% Off)

One or Two Months of Unlimited Kickboxing and TRX Classes at Impact! Kickboxing Fitness (Up to 84% Off)

IMPACT! Kickboxing Fitness

San Carlos

Hammer away stress and calories by hurling punches and kicks into heavy bags; boxing and TRX also available

$89 $16

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Blackberry Farm Golf Course: 9-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Five Rounds for One at Blackberry Farm Golf Course (Up to 45% Off)

9-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Five Rounds for One at Blackberry Farm Golf Course (Up to 45% Off)

Blackberry Farm Golf Course

Cupertino

Course measures 1,544 yards and challenges short iron and putting skills with narrow fairways and small greens

$38 $22

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Archery Only: Introductory Archery Lesson with Equipment and Practice Time for Two or Four at Archery Only (Up to 51% Off)

Introductory Archery Lesson with Equipment and Practice Time for Two or Four at Archery Only (Up to 51% Off)

Archery Only

Newark

Learn how to sling arrows with recurve bows before practicing with friends; all necessary equipment is provided

$60 $30

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Night Nation Run: $29 for Night Nation Run - Running Music Festival 5K Entry ($60 Value)

$29 for Night Nation Run - Running Music Festival 5K Entry ($60 Value)

Night Nation Run

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

Run past different DJ stages on a 5K course amid interactive light shows, then celebrate at a main-stage after party

$60 $29

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American Swim Academy: Four 30-Minute Indoor Swim Lessons at American Swim Academy (Up to 51%Off). Four Locations Available.

Four 30-Minute Indoor Swim Lessons at American Swim Academy (Up to 51%Off). Four Locations Available.

American Swim Academy

Multiple Locations

Certified instructors impart swim basics in classes kept to a small student-to-teacher ratio for optimum safety and learning

$80 $39

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Dave Atchison at Burlingame Golf Center: One or Two One-Hour Private Golf Lessons with Dave Atchison at Burlingame Golf Center (Up to 60% Off)

One or Two One-Hour Private Golf Lessons with Dave Atchison at Burlingame Golf Center (Up to 60% Off)

Dave Atchison at Burlingame Golf Center

Burlingame

Indoor/outdoor facility with full-length driving range hosts lessons with Dave Atchison, whose years of teaching include time at UCLA & UCSB

$150 $75

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GolfSmarts: One or Three 60-Minute Private Golf Lessons with Swing Analysis and Digital Recording at GolfSmarts (Up to 69% Off)

One or Three 60-Minute Private Golf Lessons with Swing Analysis and Digital Recording at GolfSmarts (Up to 69% Off)

GolfSmarts

Santa Clara

Instructor evaluates pupils’ swing with video-analysis software before coaching them on form during a recorded session

$125 $39

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Pruneridge Golf Club: One Round of FootGolf for Two or Four at Pruneridge Golf Club (Up to 59% Off)

One Round of FootGolf for Two or Four at Pruneridge Golf Club (Up to 59% Off)

Pruneridge Golf Club

Santa Clara

A combination of soccer and golf involves kicking a regulation soccer ball into oversized holes on a shortened course

$48 $20

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Tosetti Institute of MMA & Fitness: 10 Group Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Tosetti Institute of MMA & Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

10 Group Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Tosetti Institute of MMA & Fitness (Up to 80% Off)

Tosetti Institute of MMA & Fitness

North Fair Oaks

Upbeat instructors lead fitness classes based in MMA, boot camp, yoga, and Pilates; MMA classes teach striking, grappling, and takedowns

$200 $39

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Mark S. Macy Golf Instruction: Semi-Private Golf Lessons and Swing Analysis from Mark S. Macy Golf Instruction (Up to 67% Off)

Semi-Private Golf Lessons and Swing Analysis from Mark S. Macy Golf Instruction (Up to 67% Off)

Mark S. Macy Golf Instruction

Sunol

An instructor brings three decades of golf experience to relaxed lessons that hone the skills of students of all skill levels

$295 $145

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iLoveKickboxing.com: 4 or 10 Kickboxing Classes with Personal-Training Session and Boxing Gloves at iLoveKickboxing.com ( 74% Off )

4 or 10 Kickboxing Classes with Personal-Training Session and Boxing Gloves at iLoveKickboxing.com ( 74% Off )

iLoveKickboxing.com

Multiple Locations

Kickboxing classes combine boxing and martial arts to help tone and trim physiques, and one-on-one training helps refine style and results

$105 $30

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International Fencing Academy: Fencing Classes for One Child or Adult at International Fencing Academy (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

Fencing Classes for One Child or Adult at International Fencing Academy (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

International Fencing Academy

Sunnyvale West

Fencing instructors teach épée, foil and sabre fencing programs for all ages and skill levels

$140 $65

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Ohlone Archery: Intro to Archery Class for One or Two People at Ohlone Archery (Up to 40% Off)

Intro to Archery Class for One or Two People at Ohlone Archery (Up to 40% Off)

Ohlone Archery

Floresta Gardens - Bradrick

In group lessons, students learn archery etiquette, stance, and basic form before unleashing arrows in the shooting gallery

$25 $15

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Bay Area Fight Academy: 10 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Bay Area Fight Academy (Up to 76% Off)

10 Fitness Classes or One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Bay Area Fight Academy (Up to 76% Off)

Bay Area Fight Academy

Hayward

Fitness classes for include strength training, kickboxing, and kettlebell workouts

$120 $29

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Academy of Self Defense: One or Two Months of Unlimited Krav-Maga, The Pit, or CrossPit Classes at Academy of Self Defense (Up to 64% Off)

One or Two Months of Unlimited Krav-Maga, The Pit, or CrossPit Classes at Academy of Self Defense (Up to 64% Off)

Academy of Self Defense

Santa Clara

Krav maga teaches realistic self defense; mixed martial arts combines boxing, muay thai, wrestling, judo & jiu-jitsu for all skill levels

$95 $39

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United Studios of Self Defense-Palo Alto/Saratoga: 20 Adult or Youth Martial-Arts Classes for One or Two at United Studios of Self Defense(Up to 86% Off)

20 Adult or Youth Martial-Arts Classes for One or Two at United Studios of Self Defense(Up to 86% Off)

United Studios of Self Defense-Palo Alto/Saratoga

Multiple Locations

Adults and kids alike can gain practical self-defense skills in classes that develop focus, discipline, and self-confidence

$200 $29

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South Bay Sports Training & Batting Cages: Half Day or Full Day of Baseball or Softball Camp or a Private Lesson (Up to 57% Off)

Half Day or Full Day of Baseball or Softball Camp or a Private Lesson (Up to 57% Off)

South Bay Sports Training & Batting Cages

San Jose

Camps focus on having fun and fundamentals; former professional and collegiate players help hone skills in 30-minute private lessons

$65 $29

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Xcel Fencing: Four or Eight Fencing Classes for Kids or Adults at Xcel Fencing (65% Off)

Four or Eight Fencing Classes for Kids or Adults at Xcel Fencing (65% Off)

Xcel Fencing

Multiple Locations

Adults and kids alike can pick up foils under the guidance of instructors and learn the basics of fencing

$110 $39

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Tandez Academy of Martial Arts: Martial Arts and Fitness Classes at Tandez Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 74% Off). Four Options Available.

Martial Arts and Fitness Classes at Tandez Academy of Martial Arts (Up to 74% Off). Four Options Available.

Tandez Academy of Martial Arts

Mountain View

Certified instructors lead an array of martial arts classes from around the world, as well as various self-defense and fitness sessions

$125 $39

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Bay Area Expeditions: Overnight Big Sur Backpacking Trip with Meals for One or Two from Bay Area Expeditions (Up to 53% Off)

Overnight Big Sur Backpacking Trip with Meals for One or Two from Bay Area Expeditions (Up to 53% Off)

Bay Area Expeditions

Central North San Francisco

Experienced outdoorsmen lead excursions through redwood-lined and oceanside trails as hikers learn basic skills

$340 $170

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Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club: One Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart and Range Balls at Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club (Up to 42% Off)

One Round of Golf for Two or Four with Cart and Range Balls at Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club (Up to 42% Off)

Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club

Patterson

Groups of two or four play golf on an 18-hole Par-72-Championship course designed by award-winning golf-course architect Denis Griffiths

$128 $76

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Mens Health Urbanathlon: One or Two Entries to Men’s Health Urbanathlon's Classic or Sprint Course on Sunday, November 22 (Up to 41% Off)

One or Two Entries to Men’s Health Urbanathlon's Classic or Sprint Course on Sunday, November 22 (Up to 41% Off)

Mens Health Urbanathlon

SF

Endurance race sends competitors through a 3.8-mile or 11.2-mile course across San Francisco landmarks and urban obstacles

$150 $95

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KOA Fitness: 5 or 10 Adult Martial-Arts Classes or One Month of Kids’ Classes at KOA Fitness (Up to 86% Off)

5 or 10 Adult Martial-Arts Classes or One Month of Kids’ Classes at KOA Fitness (Up to 86% Off)

KOA Fitness

Newark

Muay thai, Brazilian jujitsu, and mixed-martial-arts classes in a gym with full-size boxing rings and octagonal cages

$125 $19

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Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course: 9-Hole Round of Golf for One or Two with Range Balls at Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course (Up to 47% Off)

9-Hole Round of Golf for One or Two with Range Balls at Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course (Up to 47% Off)

Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course

San Jose

9-hole executive course with bunkers, crisp fairways, and ponds lined with cattails

$34 $18

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Unlimited MMA: Five or Ten Kickboxing, MMA, or FastFit Classes at Unlimited MMA (Up to 87% Off)

Five or Ten Kickboxing, MMA, or FastFit Classes at Unlimited MMA (Up to 87% Off)

Unlimited MMA

Milpitas

Get fit, toned, and learn effect self-defense techniques through your choice of kickboxing, mixed martial arts, or FastFit classes

$298 $39

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Roots Kickboxing: $27 for One Month of Brazilian Jiujitsu or Muay Thai Classes at Roots Kickboxing ($139 Value)

$27 for One Month of Brazilian Jiujitsu or Muay Thai Classes at Roots Kickboxing ($139 Value)

Roots Kickboxing

Union City

Instructor teach take-downs, chokes, holds and defense techniques to students of all skill levels

$139 $27

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One World Self Defense And Fitness: One or Three Months of Krav Maga Classes at One World Self Defense And Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

One or Three Months of Krav Maga Classes at One World Self Defense And Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

One World Self Defense And Fitness

Union City

Israeli–style self-defense classes teach striking techniques, wrestling, and grappling that can be employed in any situation

$99 $39

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Hernandez Martial Arts: Six Weeks or 30 Days of Kids' Karate Classes at Hernandez Martial Arts (Up to 88% Off)

Six Weeks or 30 Days of Kids' Karate Classes at Hernandez Martial Arts (Up to 88% Off)

Hernandez Martial Arts

Union City

Kids learn discipline, physical skills, self-defense, and hard work during children's karate classes

$160 $19

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Dethrone Basecamp: $5 Buys a Coupon for $50 Off One Month of Access For New Clients at Dethrone Basecamp

$5 Buys a Coupon for $50 Off One Month of Access For New Clients at Dethrone Basecamp

Dethrone Basecamp

Downtown

For $5, receive a coupon for $50 off one month of access for new clients

$5

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FIGHT2FITNESS: $20 for 30 Kickboxing and Fitness Classes from FIGHT2FITNESS ($299 Value)

$20 for 30 Kickboxing and Fitness Classes from FIGHT2FITNESS ($299 Value)

FIGHT2FITNESS

Multiple Locations

30-class pass allows students of all ability levels to gain access to a variety of fitness and Kickboxing classes at various locations

$299 $20

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FTX Martial Arts & Fitness: One Month of Unlimited Youth or Adult Martial-Arts Classes at FTX Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

One Month of Unlimited Youth or Adult Martial-Arts Classes at FTX Martial Arts & Fitness (Up to 75% Off)

FTX Martial Arts & Fitness

Sunnyvale

Kids and adults alike can burn off energy and build their strength as they learn practical marital-arts and self-defense skills

$149 $39

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San Bruno Golf Center: One or Two 60-Minute Golf Lessons with PGA Pro David Suh at San Bruno Golf Center (Up to 55% Off)

One or Two 60-Minute Golf Lessons with PGA Pro David Suh at San Bruno Golf Center (Up to 55% Off)

San Bruno Golf Center

San Bruno

PGA pro David Suh breaks down swings and offers corrective advice to develop consistent, dependable swing mechanics

$110 $55

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Dennis Mitchell Golf: One-Hour Golf Lesson for One or Two at Dennis Mitchell Golf (Up to 51% Off)

One-Hour Golf Lesson for One or Two at Dennis Mitchell Golf (Up to 51% Off)

Dennis Mitchell Golf

Burlingame

Professional instructor who has taught PGA and LPGA players helps golfers step up their game

$120 $59

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Alameda Chuck Corica Golf Complex: Golf Outing for Two or Four or Five-Play Punch Card at Alameda Chuck Corica Golf Complex (Up to 52% Off)

Golf Outing for Two or Four or Five-Play Punch Card at Alameda Chuck Corica Golf Complex (Up to 52% Off)

Alameda Chuck Corica Golf Complex

Alameda

The nine-hole, par-3 golf course hosts singles, pairs, and groups of four; buckets of range balls included

$56 $29

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South Bay Sports Training & Batting Cages: Batting Cage Practice or a Private Baseball or Softball Lesson at South Bay Sports Training & Batting Cages (Up to 56% Off)

Batting Cage Practice or a Private Baseball or Softball Lesson at South Bay Sports Training & Batting Cages (Up to 56% Off)

South Bay Sports Training & Batting Cages

San Jose

Cages help build batting fundamentals; former professional and collegiate players help hone skills in 30-minute private lessons

$15 $7

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KOA FITNESS-Mountain View: $39 for One Month of Unlimited Kids Martial-Arts Classes at KOA FITNESS-Mountain View ($210 Value)

$39 for One Month of Unlimited Kids Martial-Arts Classes at KOA FITNESS-Mountain View ($210 Value)

KOA FITNESS-Mountain View

Mountain View

Classes teach kids sportsmanship, disciple, and confidence while studying the art of self defense; training improves physical fitness

$210 $39

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Mr. Peter's Golf Camp at San Bruno Golf Center: One or Two Private or Group Golf Lessons with Mr. Peter's Golf Camp at San Bruno Golf Center (Up to 61% Off)

One or Two Private or Group Golf Lessons with Mr. Peter's Golf Camp at San Bruno Golf Center (Up to 61% Off)

Mr. Peter's Golf Camp at San Bruno Golf Center

San Bruno

Golfers improve their game with Coach Peter’s swing analysis tools and latest in video technology for adjust ing their swing and technique.

$99 $49

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