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August 4th, 2015

Best Spots to Celebrate National Golf Month Around Marina del Rey

August has arrived and for one big slice of the Marina del Rey population, that means one thing: Golf, golf and more golf. Afterall, it is National Golf Month, which unofficially means you have every excuse to throw responsibility to the wind and play those 18 holes whenever and wherever you want. Of course, you probably can’t jet to Pebble Beach on your lunch hour, but trust us, there are enough golfing options around town to soothe your golf cravings, brush up on your game, and celebrate National Golf Month like the star you are.

Here are four spots to check out that are just a handful of miles from our Marina paradise — take a look and by all means, go golf!

1. Penmar Golf Course
1233 Rose Ave, Venice

Just a few blocks from Venice Beach is the 9-hole Penmar Golf Course, an LA staple that’s been around since 1962. It’s not exactly a championship course so don’t expect to bump into Rory Mcllory doing his magic here, but for some weekend play with friends, it’s a great spot.

 

2. Players Club Golf
3211 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

This indoor golf spot is just plain fun for avid golfers who want to play “anywhere,” anytime … right in Santa Monica. Feel like playing the Pebble Beach course? Sure! Maybe play a game on St. Andrews in Scotland? No problem. The Player’s Club Golf has hi-definition full swing golf simulators that literally make you feel like you’re playing at one of these legendary courses. This is super cool technology, plus they have three PGA pros on staff to give lessons and offer game-helping tips.

 

3. Westchester Golf Course
6900 W. Manchester Ave, Los Angeles

Just a few miles from the Marina is the Westchester Golf Course, an 18-hole, par-64 public course that will work for pretty much any level player — including kids. They have a newly renovated driving range that’s great for practice, plus there are lessons available, and a slew of junior golf programs to get your kids into the game. For the price, you seriously can’t beat it.

 

4. Rancho Park Golf Course
10460 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles

This well-known 18-hole, par 71 public course opened way back in 1949, and up until 1994, it hosted 18 L.A. Opens, and a bunch of LPGA and Senior tour events (pretty impressive stuff). It may not be the newest, most pristine course in the world, but if you want some challenging play, or weekend practice, it’s a nice place to do it. Plus it’s open until 10 pm so you can definitely get in a few holes after work.

 

Are you planning on celebrating National Golf Month? Let us know where you like to hit the link around town!

Food

July 28th, 2015

Spotlight On: Cast & Plow’s Live Music/Dining Experience

If you live around Marina del Rey, you definitely know that Cast & Plow at the Ritz Carlton is one of the most divine spots in town. Most of the descriptions from our area foodies include little verbal nuggets like “extraordinary,” “awesome” and “masterful” …with the occasional “phenomenal!” thrown in from time to time (yeah, it’s seriously that good). What makes this waterside spot so awesome is of course the farm-to-table, locally sourced, super yummy cuisine (you can’t just call it food when it’s this good), but that’s not all — it also happens to have an amazing location with nifty firepit tables set up by the harbor, and a cool, loungy atmosphere inside.

So, what could make this hotspot even hotter? The Ritz Carlton’s masterminds came up with this idea — live music, baby! And not just any live music, awesome live music every week from a former “American Idol” finalist on Thursday nights and during Sunday brunching hours, an amazing Spanish guitar duo that just may inspire a little flamenco with your Frittata.

Take a look at the details and make a reservation to check out this sweet new addition to the Cast & Plow dining experience. Online reservations are available through Open Table, or call 310-574-4333.

Thursday Dinners

From 7 pm to 11 pm every Thursday, former American Idol’s 5th Season finalist William “Will” Makar will perform a slew of classics ranging from Stevie Wonder to Maroon 5. He’s a total up-and-comer and has toured with John Mayer, Lee Brice and Hot Chelle Rae. Imagine your night: a little Scallop Ceviche, a glass of Pinot, a Marina sunset over the harbor and the sounds of Will Makar — Paradise? Table for two, please.

Sunday Brunch

Sunday brunch at Cast & Plow is delectable enough, but The Victor Torres Duo takes it to a whole new level with their gorgeous acoustic, Spanish guitar playing. Our advice? Head over for some eggs, pancakes and champagne between 11 am and 3 pm this Sunday and take in the smooth sounds of these amazing musicians.

What do you think of Cast & Plow’s new dining & music combo? Are you excited to check it out? Let us know!

 

 

 

Events

July 21st, 2015

First Marina’s Polar Plunge, Now the Special Olympics World Games

Back in February, we highlighted a pretty cool event that was happening at Mother’s Beach called the Polar Plunge. To refresh your memory, a bunch of Marina del Rey’s coolest people plunged into the water, which admittedly wasn’t exactly freezing like it was in Chicago or New York, but still — they plunged, some of them dressed up in awesomely silly costumes, and they managed to raise almost $20,000 for the Special Olympics. Pretty cool, stuff! Well, now… the Special Olympics World Games is just around the corner, and guess where the games are taking place? None other than Los Angeles!

Now, we don’t often encourage leaving the beach area for the zero-rewards of congested freeways, but we’re making an exception for this legendary event where 6,500 athletes representing 165 countries will be competing in Olympic-style games all around the city. In all, there will be 25 different competitions (Sailing, Gymnastics, Beach Volleyball, Basketball…to name a few) taking place in downtown L.A., USC, UCLA, Encino, Long Beach and Griffith Park. So much fun! Plus, you’ll be privy to some awesome entertainment since a bunch of DJs and performers are all volunteering their time to support the Special Olympics.

Food

July 14th, 2015

Sweet, Sweet Heat Relief: National Ice Cream Day Is this Sunday

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Thank the universe for Ronald Reagan. Yes, that’s right… you may know his basic story: movie star, nicknamed “The Gipper,” two-time President, hubby to the incomparable Nancy Reagan — but there’s one really important fact that you may have been missing all of these years: He thought ice cream was maybe the best thing ever. In fact, back in July of 1984, he took his ice cream love to a whole new level and proclaimed the third Sunday of every July National Ice Cream Day! Seriously, congress voted on it and everything. And guess what, folks? That Sunday just happens to be this weekend on July 19th. Now, if that’s not a reason for a triple scoop of something spectacular, then I don’t know what is.