Although weather control is still the stuff of comic book legend, that hasn’t stopped the golfers behind The Range from seeking their own path to 365 days of rain-free playtime. Instead of bending the forces of Mother Nature to their own wills, they subvert the clouds’ best efforts by bringing golfers indoors for rounds in their HD simulators. The photo-realistic system captures the feel of 20 renowned courses, such as Angus Glen, Kiawah Island, and Spyglass Hill. Each course is rendered from data collected through GIS-based 3D modeling technology, which recreates every bunker, sand pit, and gazelle crossing found in the real life courses. Beyond their simulated golf bays, The Range also houses a full sports bar, where cooks prepare sizzling American favorites, including spicy Buffalo wings and juicy hamburgers, feeding both golfers in between swings and guests simply in the market for a hot meal and cold drink.
Signature service: Youth Fitness & Athletic Training
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: First time clients should arrive 10 minutes early to meet the trainer and fill out proper paperwork.
The Austin Park and Recreation department oversees the operation and upkeep of a diverse array of facilities serving the local community, including parks, swimming pools, golf courses, playgrounds, and tennis courts. Visitors can engage in outdoor activities to nurture an appreciation for natural surroundings and add to a burgeoning stick collection, or join artistic programs such as community theater and arts education. The department attained national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies, one of just 89 nationwide to receive the honor.
Since 2007, the Robots-4-U team has been teaching children a program of STEM?science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Children absorb skills and knowledge through entertaining interactions with instructors, other campers, and robot kits. The camp maintains a 16:1 student to instructor ratio, ensuring children receive the proper amount of individual attention. Campers build robot kits comprising a brain unit and sensory appendages, which replicate seeing, hearing, touching and reading minds. Once the bots are assembled, children enter their creations into racing, dancing, and battle-bot challenges.
Golfsmith's online and in-store showrooms house an almost endless list of golf gear for men, women, and children alike. Clubs, balls, and accessories from brands such as TaylorMade, MacGregor, and Callaway give players precise control over their game, and polos and long-sleeved shirts from Nike and Snake Eyes garb players in course-appropriate attire now that tuxedo T-shirts no longer qualify. Along with the extensive collection of equipment and golf bags, Golfsmith also carries GPS systems to give players a high-tech edge.