Helping Business Professionals in San Diego Play Their Best Round of Golf Using Trackman Technology
“As a Former Touring Professional, I know how challenging golf can be playing for a living. I am happy to offer my clients a coaching experience that will lead to more self-confidence, improved Golf IQ, lowering anxiety on the course and providing many ways to get the ball in the hole in the least amount of shots. I share with each of my clients that their best golf is right ahead of them. Now, we must commit to getting better, embrace the wave of awesome technology and enjoy the journey to better golf..” -Geoff Goldstein
What is Trackman?
Trackman. Maybe you’ve heard of it? It is the newest cutting edge technology taking over the game of golf, and now you can find Trackman wherever Geoff Goldstein is. (Watch the video above to get a feel for how it works.) Geoff Goldstein is a luxury golf coach in San Diego who turned pro in 1996. He has competed in PGA Tour Qualifying and U.S. Open qualifiers, four times reaching the U.S. Open Sectionals. Geoff holds course records at seven courses, including 60 at Eastlake CC and 59 at Salt Creek GC both in Chula Vista, Ca.
How Does it Work?
Geoff currently coaches C Level executives, entrepreneurs and business professionals here in San Diego and also hosts traveling getaways to Reno, Nevada. You can easily see how Geoff’s coaching style is different by watching some of the testimonial videos on his website. His biggest advantage however, is the use of Trackman 4 technology integrated into his lessons. This technology allows him, within 90 seconds, to calibrate the software with a target in front of the ball. After it is synced, Trackman captures tons of information as the player swings the club and hits the ball. Geoff can break down every single swing into many different aspects, and truly enhance your skill level faster than ever before. From club speed, to spin, to “smash factor” and more, this technology (that is about as big as a laptop), can diagnose it all.
How Can I Get Involved?
Geoff gives lessons at Barona Creek Golf Club and also travels to a few other clubs to give instruction from time to time. You can visit his website GoldsteinGolf.com to get in contact with him and book a lesson time. He offers packaging on pricing so be sure to take advantage of that. If you are a serious golfer looking to improve your game, a session with Geoff and Trackman will surely get you fired up! Barona also has a casino and hotel, so you can come visit Geoff and stay the weekend to practice your game outside of your Trackman sessions.
Business professionals from all over San Diego county travel to Barona frequently in search of Geoff’s instruction and new Trackman 4 technology. His passion for the game of golf is unparalleled and his knowledge is enough to make any golfer seek his valuable coaching time. Have you played golf at Barona Creek Golf Club? Let us know how your experience has been! If you’re looking to tryout Geoff’s Trackman 4 technology, learn more and contact him via GoldsteinGolf.com.
San Diegans Providing the Best Advice on Discovering San Diego
I went to meet a few friends to hike yesterday, and I realized once I parked that I had NO CLUE which paths to take, or how to hike around Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. I turned to social media and asked for help! I was so excited to receive this response from @CarlsbadDreaming and @rogueprince619 on our Instagram page right away:
I instantly knew I was on the right path (up the incline) to the Reserve Entrance. Parking was pretty crazy, as it was Earth Day, but the guards told me that normally the parking lot is open and it’s very easy to park. There are trail maps right at the beginning and they explain all of the trails. The trails are easily marked, which always makes for a fun day of hiking.
The reserve was amazing, peaceful and quiet. There is an Ecological Center that really showcases what the area is all about. Here’s my video recap of the hike I took:
Thanks to Maria Teresa De Alba for reaching out to me today on our Facebook page to make sure I had a great time hiking:
To answer your questions Maria, I ended up going up the Way Up Trail to the Ridgetop Picnic Area! The rest of my group continued up the Look Out Trail but I had to head back down because of time constraints. Next time, I am going all the way up!!
Do you think I went on the right trail? Are there other trails with great views? Comment and let me know and I’ll take your advice next time I visit Elfin Forest!
Hike Up Mt. Woodson for Your Instagram Photo on Potato Chip Rock
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” -John Muir
Distance: 9 Miles
Path Mapping: Pretty well, only one confusing spot for us
What to Bring: Water, more water, snacks
Time it Takes: 4 hours+
In September 2016 we got a big group together to hike to the summit of Mt. Woodson, something I have wanted to do since moving here to San Diego. Everyone on Instagram posts pictures with this “Potato Chip Rock” (a rock that is so thin it looks like you’re sitting on a potato chip) and I’ve been wanting my own photo there so badly. This is an intense hike however, so we made a group event out of it, and trained for it. This hike (if you go around the lake, and do not take the paved emergency fire path) is 1 mile around the lake and then 3.5 miles almost straight uphill. Then, you have to walk back down and around, so in total it’s about 9 miles. Everyone says to go on a weekday because on the weekend there can be a line that takes 45 mins or so to get to the front of to take your picture on the rock, so we went on a Thursday. Check out this video of our group hike:
It’s a LONG hike. Prepare to climb! No matter how much training I did to prepare, nothing prepared me for the steep uphill and consistent climb of the Potato Chip Rock hike. It feels like you’ll never make it to the top, but trust me you do eventually! Bringing a group of friends with you definitely helps because they will distract you so you don’t think about your aching legs and lungs as much. We prepared for this hike by hiking Iron Mountain, and I thought that was a long hike. Ha. (See the Iron Mountain hike here!)
It is VERY popular. If you don’t go on a weekday, you’re looking at waiting in line forever to get a photo, and walking past (and with) a lot of other hikers along the way up and back. Plan to go early in the morning, later in the afternoon, or on a weekday. These times are the best if you’re looking to hike without a crowd of people.
There is only one confusing spot. Most signs point you straight up to the Mt. Woodson summit. There are porte-potties along the trail, and markers to lead you in the right direction. Potato Chip Rock is very close to the actual summit, so when you’re almost there, you will see it on the left. At one point, there are two signs that both point to the Mt. Woodson summit. One trail goes down (and eventually around and back up a longer way) and one trail goes up toward the summit. Make sure you just continue to go UP, and you won’t get lost! If you are confused at all, wait for another hiker and ask to make sure. There should be plenty of people around to ask no matter when you go!
Bring lots of water, and snacks! I brought a water backpack and ended up having just enough water, and we were hiking on a cloudy day. On a sunny day, I would make sure to bring a water backpack and a few extra bottles, just in case. It can get hot quick, so make sure to bring a hat and snacks for break times!
The hike is totally worth the photo! Climbing up on top of the big rocks to get to the edge to take a photo is actually quite hard! I’m so glad we had a group with us, so we could all help each other. You either have to take one (giant) leap of faith, or find an alternative way to climb across from one rock to the rock that sticks out. Once you’re across, you can climb out to the edge to take an awesome photo on the edge of what seems to be the Earth! It was cloudy for us so you couldn’t see the city beneath, but we took the photo anyways. Everyone knows that famous rock that sticks out, so it was totally worth the hike!
Plan at least 4 hours to hike this trail. We started at 8:00am and didn’t get back down until about 12:00pm. And that was with virtually no line at the top for the photo. We did take about a 30 minute break at the top to enjoy the view and take tons of pictures, but other than that, we were hiking. If you want to take lots of breaks and if you have to wait long for pictures (say, if you’re going on a weekend) then plan more than 4 hours. Otherwise, 4 hours should be enough time!
Overall, this was an experience I will never forget, and I am SO glad I did it! Have you hiked this trail? How was it? Comment with your Potato Chip Rock photo!! 😀
Pacific Highlands Ranch is a newer area of Carmel Valley, crafted especially for family living by Pardee, the popular home building company. This area features various neighborhoods with homes ranging from 3 bedrooms and 2,200 square feet to 5 bedrooms and over 5,000 square feet. People who live in Pacific Highlands Ranch love the highly rated school systems, 1300+ acres of surrounding preserved natural habitat, and the Village of shops close by for all their living needs. Homeowners in this area also enjoy that their HOA dues cover the use of a private recreation center that is home to a junior Olympic size swimming pool, a fitness room, a water play area for kids and more! Living in this area is truly special, and perfectly illustrates the San Diego lifestyle.
Much of the home building in Pacific Highlands Ranch is just now being completed, with a few neighborhoods still on the calendar to be built out. Artesana, a neighborhood of 56 luxury residences off of Rancho Santa Fe Farms Road, is very impressive, boasting Lilian Rice inspired architecture with modern touches. These Artesana homes are currently selling, and building will be completed on all homes in this neighborhood within the next few months. Neighborhoods like Olvera and Almeria include homes that are between 3,100 square feet and 4,300 square feet, and are coming up for sale in the next month or so. These Spanish style homes will be close to the dining and shops in the Village, and will still have enough space for larger families. Visit the Pardee website for more information on each specific new neighborhood coming to the Pacific Highlands Ranch area. Older neighborhoods such as Santa Barbara and Bordeaux were built in 2003 and 2004, so they are not brand new, but still showcase the Pacific Highlands Ranch style. Visit phr92130.com to view the neighborhoods that are already built out, and see more specific information about schools and homes in these neighborhoods.
The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch is a “mixed use living, retail and lifestyle center” and the center of attention for Pacific Highlands Ranch neighborhoods. Most of the restaurants and shops in this new area of Carmel Valley are less than a year old, and while the neighborhood is still quite young, the atmosphere is vibrant and exciting. For a formal dinner setting, check out Crudo and Dolce at the Highlands. Both of these restaurants have a fantastic bar and incredible food. Crudo’s “Crudotinis” (a combination of flavors on top of a crustini) are a great way to try many of the different tastes on the menu without having to visit many different times. Dolce at the Highlands has a heirloom tomato and burrata salad that is to die for. My fiancé and I visit Dolce on the weekdays and weekends for lunch or dinner. No matter when we go, the staff is friendly and we always find several dishes to enjoy. For a night out with friends to watch a sports game, make sure you head over to Westroot, the local sports bar. Other more casual restaurants in the Village include Panera Bread, Fresh Brothers Pizza, Luna Grill and Vitality Tap. You can also find Starbucks here for a quick coffee pick me up.
The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch includes a Rite Aid and a Trader Joe’s for all your grocery shopping needs. Having a grocery store just a minute or two from your home is a luxury that few people in San Diego have, and everyone in Pacific Highlands Ranch can appreciate. For home decor, there is Le Dimora, a store that is sure to turn your house into a gorgeously decorated home. If you have an afternoon to walk door to door, you will find other interesting shops such as The Perfect Pineapple, Tre, Urban Girl and Title Nine.
As you can see, there are many reasons to love Pacific Highlands Ranch, whether you live a few minutes away and use The Village as your one-stop-shop for all of your needs, or whether your visiting from La Jolla or Rancho Santa Fe for an evening of fine dining. Do you live in this area of Carmel Valley? Let us know what you love about it!
Arguably the Best Coffee in all of San Diego at Lofty Coffee in Encinitas
“Coffee with a friend is like capturing happiness in a cup.” -Anonymous
If you have lived in San Diego for more than a few months and you don’t know what Lofty Coffee is, you’re in for a big surprise. Lofty Coffee is a coffee shop in Encinitas, with a second location in Solana Beach. People come from all over town to line up for this delicious coffee that they serve from 6:00am-6:00pm seven days a week. (Saturdays and Sundays they open at 7:00am) My friend Lori loves this place because they have “good coffee, freshly roasted, a chill atmosphere and nice simple eats.” I completely agree with her. Every time I visit Lofty Coffee, there is a line out the door, and it’s rare to be able to find a table without having to wait for 10 minutes or so during peak hours. This place is seriously addictive! Although Lofty is known for its coffee, there are many reasons regulars love this place. Here’s what you should know about one of San Diego’s most favorite coffee shops:
Location, location, location. Lofty Coffee is located in Encinitas and they also have a Solana Beach location. Their most popular Encinitas shop is off of N. Coast Highway 101, right around the corner from Moonlight Beach, one of the best beaches in the entire town. Surfers can head over to Lofty after a quick surf sesh, and families can stroll down in the morning on their way to the park. The Lofty Coffee “ethos” (or motto) starts with: “Lofty is a place for the community to gather, enjoy great food and drink while sharing this beautiful place we call home” and truly signifies what the Lofty cafes stand for. Each location is specifically designed to mold right into the community, and bring people together to enjoy the beach, warm weather, and happy people. Whether it’s after a yoga class at Indigo Dragon Center, or simply an early morning coffee run for your spouse, heading to Lofty is the perfect activity for anyone living a true San Diego lifestyle.
Quality tastes. Obviously I think everyone can agree that the coffee and tea that they serve at Lofty is some of the best, possibly in the entire world. Besides their varieties of coffee and tea (which you can buy online here), they also bake fresh muffins, cookies and croissants daily. They press their own organic juice, make their own almond milk, and steep their own chai. Creating almost all of their own simple ingredients helps bring out the best in flavor in each baked good and drink that they serve. These tastes are what the people in San Diego flock to this coffee shop for, and I totally understand why.
Coffee Roaster. Lofty also is a coffee roaster! Just across the street from Lofty Coffee in Encinitas there is a larger building where they roast their own coffee. Roasting coffee is the process of turning the coffee beans into coffee products that we can enjoy. Lofty Coffee looks for farms, co-ops and importers from all around the world that grow and transport the coffee beans in a sustainable way that agrees with Lofty’s ethos. They sure do a wonderful job of this because locals in San Diego can clearly tell the difference between Lofty Coffee and other coffee shops. My friend J.D. Davids loves Lofty because of its, “bold flavors, fresh roasted beans, beach hipster ambiance, and it doesn’t hurt that the beach is just two blocks away.” Ask anyone in Encinitas, this place ROCKS!
Stop in to one of the two locations that Lofty Coffee currently has to try out their coffee or tea this week. (And guess what?! They’re opening a third location soon!!!) You will enjoy the location of either of their shops, and you will LOVE the tastes you experience. If you visit the Encinitas location, check out the coffee roaster just across the street. You’ll fall in love, and finally understand what everyone is talking about when they talk about “Lofty”! Have you been to Lofty Coffee? What do you like to order? I’d love to know.
See the Greatest Professional Golfers in the World at the Farmers Insurance Open
“If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.” -Bob Hope
The Farmers Insurance Open is “San Diego’s prestigious PGA Tour golf tournament played at Torrey Pines Golf Course.” It starts on Thursday, January 26th and ends on Sunday, January 29th. You can buy tickets for all four days here or you can purchase just an individual, one day pass. Last year, my fiancé Patrick and I spent the final day in the Merrill Lynch and Bank of America VIP tent which overlooked the 18th green of the South Course. We saw some amazing golf shots, especially with a super difficult pin position in the back corner of the green. If you haven’t seen this green, there is water in front and sand traps in the back. Even as amazing as the golf shots were, even the pros make mistakes. It was really interesting and fun to watch! I started golfing a few years ago, and I always find it fascinating to be able to relate to the professional golfers when you see their shots go in the sand trap, or way off the fairway into the woods (or crowd). The pros usually recover their not-so-good shots in an amazing way though, a talent I am still working on.
Last year we stayed in the VIP tent for most of the day, but we also walked around a little bit. This course makes it easy to just come for a few hours and walk around, getting to see your favorite golfers and enjoy the fun, but not feel the pressure to stay all day. There are benches, picnic areas, and general admission stands to sit in throughout the courses in various areas. This is a family fun event, so feel free to bring the kids! Watching professional golfers is a ton of fun, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when heading to Torrey Pines in a few weeks for this event:
Keep calm and quiet. This is probably the most important thing to keep in mind when you’re at the Farmers Insurance Open. Whether you’re eating, having drinks with your friends, or walking the entire course following after your favorite pro player, you MUST keep quiet. It is respectful to the players and to others, and proper etiquette when at any golf tournament. Don’t worry if you forget, there are a lot of people around who will constantly remind you, and even volunteers that hold up “Keep Quiet” signs when the golfers are hitting.
Spend time in a VIP tent. Whether you’re invited into one, or buy tickets to one, spend time in a VIP tent during the tournament! Especially Saturday and Sunday, after the cut, the top pros who are playing the best golf will all be playing the South Course. You will want to be up close and personal. Most VIP events at the Farmers Insurance Open include food and drink, and give you an optimal view of the tourney. You cannot walk around to the areas that have views of the greens like the VIP tents do. If you enjoy watching golf live, the tents are definitely something you will want to consider.
Don’t miss the after parties. During tournament hours, the Michelob Ultra 19th Hole (which includes concessions and many tables to sit and enjoy some “people watching”) and the ZTE Grove (which includes a mobile phone charging station and a Grey Goose Lounge) are the places to be. You can also hang out in the SERVPRO Fan Village, located behind the 15th green, which is where the after-parties are! The Fringe is a bar in the fan village that offers close viewing of the 15th green while you enjoy refreshments with your friends during the day, but be sure to stay after the golf each day to enjoy the live music from local bands Thursday through Saturday!
You will have a spectacular time at the Farmer’s Insurance Open this year! Just remember to go early to find parking, and only bring in what you need. (There is a limit on bag sizes, check here.) Even though it is the middle of winter, it is San Diego, so it will most likely be sunny and warm. Make sure to bring sunscreen and drink lots of water during the day! This tournament is a golf spectacle not to miss, and there is TONS of fun to be had. Have you been to this tournament before? Let us know if you think Tiger Woods will stay on top of the leaderboard this year!
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