Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course stands at the site of the old Thunderbird Golf Course, an East San Jose mainstay for more than 30 years, and its 9-hole executive layout is ideal for both newer players and veterans looking to hone their short game. Consisting of eight par 3s and a short par 4, the course emphasizes approach shots and putting—a skill easily practiced on the facility's 10,000-square-foot bent-grass putting green. Golfers can also improve their game at a driving range with 25 hitting stations, relax under patio umbrellas at the on-site cafe, or browse the pro shop to replace the nine-iron that took a new job as a walking cane.
While most of Rancho del Pueblo's resources are dedicated to traditional golf, the course also caters to footgolf—a new, growing sport in which players punt soccer balls over the fairways instead, hoping to reach the hole in the fewest number of kicks.
Course at a Glance:
9-hole, par 28 course
Length of 1,338 yards from the tips
Two tee options
Ten-year teaching veteran and PGA professional Chris Bradford analyzes his students’ strengths, weaknesses, and styles of play in order to craft individualized plans for golf-game improvement. His lessons center around three core tenets of instruction: personal strengths, which help golfers make the right on-course decisions; swing knowledge, which helps them understand their own mechanics; and quality practice, which teaches players to train effectively and abstain from combining golf and foxtrot practice. V1 Pro video software captures in-lesson swings, allowing for frame-by-frame analysis and side-by-side comparisons.
The fighters of Checkmat, an international jiu-jitsu team founded by multiple-competition champions Vieira brothers, lead the charge in instructing students at
LUTE! Training Academy. They introduce the basic strikes and submission techniques of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in a motivational, team-based environment designed to build mental discipline and fortitude. Meanwhile, former two-time Olympian and MMA professional Daniel Cormier teaches wrestling classes.
As strobe lights slice across the stage, masked dancers descend from scaffolding and undulate to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance.” Minutes later, a troupe of 6-year-olds takes to the same stage in traditional Indian shalwar, or loose trousers, and launch into a frenetic dance set to fast-paced bhangra music. These divergent routines—performed at Mona Khan Company’s student showcase—hint at the scope of dance styles that instructors bring to their classes. Though traditional folk and classical South Asian dance make an appearance, instructors also incorporate styles such as salsa, modern, and hip-hop.
This Bollywood dance philosophy has propelled Mona Khan Company into the national spotlight. The company’s professional dance troupe has performed with Bollywood demigod Shah Rukh Khan and dancer Shaan, and dazzled a live audience on America’s Got Talent.
Though classes at Mona Khan Company occasionally lead to professional dance careers, the studio strives to make Bollywood dance accessible to every aspiring dancer. For example, Jollywood dance classes train performers age 65 and older, and the Jeena program trains special-needs students. “It’s more than just dance,” says Ms. Shankar, the company’s dance captain. “We try to build a whole community around it."
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
As well as teaching Martial Arts, our institute incorporates daily life skills, such as, discipline, courage, focus, goal setting, integrity, leadership, perseverance, confidence, cooperation, respect, and responsibility valuable to growing kids, in order for them to become prosperous individuals.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Introducing our institute, parents love our program for what it offers for their children as well as for themselves; our instructors make sure, that our students feel welcome but also incorporate a strict environment when classes are in session.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Besides the joy of teaching upcoming generation, i fell in love with this sport, this sport kept me safe, kept me sociable, allowed me to grow out of weakness, and most importantly, this sport made me the man i am today, and this in itself is what i want my students to learn.
What do you love most about your job?
The fulfillment and accomplishments of the students who make it to the top because thats what they try everyday for. Not even in this institute, but in the daily lives of my students. Whether they received an A on an exam or they simply helped their parents.
Cinnabar Hills Golf Club is named after the rich, red ore mined from its hills in the 19th century. Its three 9-hole layouts—The Canyon, The Lake, and The Mountain—foreshadow the property's topographical variety. Elevation changes and scenic overlooks are a constant across this 27-hole complex sculpted into San Jose's southern foothills. The 9-hole layouts can be combined into six different 18-hole playing experiences, keeping the adventure fresh as players select from multiple tee boxes, putt on exceptional Northern California greens, and relish scenic views throughout the course. Oak trees fill the landscape and attract a diverse population of wildlife, including red-tail hawks known for preying on unsuspecting bunker rakes. The enchanting layout and location have helped the course garner numerous awards, including the title of Best Public Golf Course from the San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Magazine, Metro, and the Silicon Valley Concierge Association for many years in a row.
After rounds, golfers can refuel at the full-service restaurant and bar, or bask in the game's rich history at the Brandenburg Historical Golf Museum. Full-size replicas of the four major championship trophies glisten in the display cases, along with a host of other golf artifacts.