Golf balls soar through the air and settle around various targets at Big Bend Golf Center, providing a steady soundtrack of thwacks as golfers practice their golf game. The center’s double-decker driving range boasts more than 25 hitting stations—including both grass and synthetic hitting mats—from which golfers can take aim at yardage markers that are boldly labeled with their distance from the tees. Covered by the top deck and warmed with outdoor heaters, the ground-level hitting bays let golfers practice their game year-round in any weather, rather than attempting to play with clubs made of icicles. Big Bend’s Golf Center complements the driving range with clinics and lessons with resident golf pros, who also provide re-gripping services and spike replacements for aging golf shoes.
Crescent Farms Golf Club (formerly The Players Club at St. Louis) challenges golfers with 27 semi-private holes that have lengthened fairways and newly reconstructed greens. The scenic 18-hole course at Crescent Farms stretches just more than 7,000 yards from the back tees (the course has five sets of tees to accommodate players of varying skill levels), and the newly-lengthened Zoysia grass fairways gently slope through majestic trees and lakes and creeks filled with floating basketball hoops. Water comes into play on 14 of the 18 holes, including the signature 8th hole—a challenging 163-yard par 3 that requires golfers to avoid a lake in order to land on a two-tiered bent grass green surrounded by trees and three sand bunkers. Warm up before the round with two buckets of range balls and by microwaving your golf shoes.
Named St. Louis’s Best Driving Range by the Riverfront Times in 2007, Family Golf & Learning Center earns praise as an encouraging environment in which golfers of all levels can hone their games. The lighted range boosts golfers with a second story of hitting stations stacked on top of the first that offers a bird’s-eye view, if that bird is sitting on the head of a giraffe. The range also features both real zoysia-grass tees as well as artificial-turf tees, and it stays open year-round thanks to heaters that prevent golf clubs’ handles from developing frostbite.
Once thoroughly limbered up, golfers can tee off on the par 3 course, where a maximum hole length of 160 yards allows for practice with short strokes and putting. Should self-improvement reach a plateau, the center’s instructors stand ready to help players make further strides through onsite lessons.
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Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green through a detailed, diagnostic gameplan.
Tee's Golf Grill is a Sports Bar & Grill featuring 10 indoor golf simulators and 15 HDTVs. With our combination of comfortable atmosphere and entertainment, Tee's is a great place for a night out or just to watch the Cardinals game.
Bowling lanes, 80 arcade games, and the tubes, tunnels, and slides of a soft playground all nestle within the 12,000-square-foot Swing-A-Round Fun Town facility in Fenton. Outside, waterfalls and fountains surround three professionally designed outdoor mini golf courses, and a mammoth pond accommodates 15 colliding bumper boats. The fun continues at the kiddie kart track for youngsters 3–8 years old or the more than 1,100-foot adult track, where kids can join a parent in a double-seat go-kart whose second steering wheel allows tykes to pretend drive and practice ignoring hitchhikers. Elsewhere, nine batting cages test players' homerun hitting skills with softball slow and fast pitches or baseballs flung at 35–80 mph. Swing-A-Round Fun Town's St. Charles location hosts nine batting cages as well, plus two 18-hole miniature golf courses and an arcade.
Named Best Golf Course by CrossRoadsNews readers in the 2010 Best of East Metro Readers' Choice Awards, Sugar Creek Golf Course challenges seasoned and novice shooters to navigate more than 6,200 yards of manicured countryside. Hop into Sugar Creek's included golf cart with your best friend, dad, or best friend's dad to explore the publicly owned par 71 course, which dares dimple dabblers to dodge its low-slung bunkers and master the movement of well-kept greens. Guests can swat the included buckets of pocked spheres skyward one by one at the lighted driving range, tap them precisely at putting greens, or polish skills at the practice bunker. Once iron swingers have sufficiently conquered Sugar Creek's fairways and snorkeled its water hazards, they may end links journeys at the full-service clubhouse or in the retail realm of the Sugar Creek pro shop.