Here are a few budget friendly 1st date ideas to get the (golf) ball rolling right on to date number two! Remember, it’s the first date so let’s keep it easy breezy and fun – let’s face it, we’re all a little nervous on the first date so relax and have a good time.
Either of you have a dog? How about an afternoon walk on the beach with your new friend and your four legged friend. If all goes well, find an outdoor café and continue the date.
Here are a few dog friendly beaches in Southern California:
Arroyo Burro Beach Santa Barbara
Long Beach Dog Beach
Huntington Beach Dog Beach
Newport Beach after 5pm
San Diego Mission Bay – After 6pm
Ocean Beach San Diego
Seal Beach Arbor Park Dog Park
You and your date adventurous and like the outdoors? How about a hike in Griffith Park? There’s a great trail that will take you from Mount Lee to the Hollywood sign – in total its 6.5 miles which could take up to three hours – a great opportunity to get to know each other and see some iconic landmarks of Los Angeles. The trail should be full of dog walkers, Moms pushing strollers, other hikers and people on horseback so if for some reason there’s a lack of conversation at least there will be other people on the trail!
Not much for hiking? How about a driving range? Could be fun if you are already an avid golfer to coach someone who’s new to the game or wants some help from a pro on the proper swing. If all goes well, grab a cocktail in the clubhouse or local pub after. Here are a few So Cal driving ranges to check out:
Griffith Park – www.laparks.com
Rancho Park – West Los Angeles www.laparks.com
The Lakes at El Segundo – www.golfthelakes.com
Westchester Golf Course & Driving Range www.americangolf.com/westchester-golf-course
Long Beach Golf Learning Center – www.longbeachgolflc.com
Brookside – Pasadena (not lighted at night so make sure to go during the day!) http://www.americangolf.com/brookside-golf-club
Looking for something more “artsy” and less “sporty”? How about a museum? Both the Getty in West Los Angeles and Getty Malibu are free with only a fee for parking (parking reservations are required for the Getty Malibu). Both have nice café’s with outdoor seating and both museums have incredible views of the city and beaches and are worthy of hours of conversation! http://www.getty.edu/visit/
Have a little more in the 1st date budget? How about these ideas?
Miniature Golf. All the entertainment and none of the pressure of an actual round of golf! Lots of room for an amusing wager, especially if you like your date and know you want to see them again or if you just want to continue the date over a cocktail or coffee – whoever wins (or loses?) buys the first round! Either way, lots of fun to be had. Check out these Southern California Mini Golf spots.
Putting Edge at Howard Hughes www.puttingedge.com
Sherman Oaks Castle Park www.laparks.org/shermanoaks_castlepk/index.htm
Golf n’ Stuff Norwalk www.golfnstuff.com
Want to kick back, relax, have a glass of wine and listen to live music? Try Malibu Wines. Located in the hills of Malibu on Mulholland, Malibu Wines is open 7 days a week 11-6pm with live music on the weekends. Get there early and pack a delicious gourmet picnic basket. Malibu Wines only requirement is that you purchase one bottle of wine. All the makings for an enjoyable afternoon! www.malibuwines.com
If you have no 1st date budget and really want to go all out yet still make it fun and memorable here’s a few suggestions:
Flight needed… Day trip to San Francisco or Las Vegas
Boat needed… Day trip to Catalina
Car needed… Day trip to Glen Ivy Hot Springs
Nerves of steel needed: Richard Petty Driving Experience in Fontana
In closing, my Mother once offered me this wise advice… “Remember, dating is too mysterious, don’t be so serious!” Words to live by. Have fun and let me know if you have a good first date!