Drakes Creek Activity Center entreats groups and families to explore its numerous, family-friendly activities. Nine batting cages hold batters as they practice their homeruns, as an 18-hole mini-golf course strewn with fountains challenges putters. Meanwhile, an outdoor laser-tag area spans five acres, as others sup on soft serve or play aeroball, a mix between volleyball and basketball played on trampolines.
Fairways on Spencer Creek's player-friendly course takes duffers careening across 2,632 yards of water-kissed fairways for a nine-hole pin-hunting exhibition. The petite par 33 caters to players working on their short game with four par 3s and four par 4s, and the 463-yard par 5 fifth hole ensures drivers and 3-woods don't consider collectively bargaining for more shifts out of the bag. PGA-certified aces shake rust off swings with private and small-group lessons, and a putting green helps putters calibrate their strokes before rounds.
Course at a Glance:
The Bear Trap. That's the nickname assigned to the 15th, 16th, and 17th holes on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion Course, a lighthearted nod to designer Jack "The Golden Bear" Nicklaus?or so you might think. Rather, the formidable stretch of holes has more than earned its fearsome moniker, as PGA Tour pros discover every spring in the Honda Classic. When the pin is back on the 17th hole, Robert Allenby believes it's the hardest course on the Tour, and Mark Wilson?who won the Classic in 2007?conceded he would still be nervous with a colossal six-stroke lead going into 15. When golfers play the Champion Course, they're walking among the divots of golf history; in addition to the annual Honda Classic, the course has hosted the 1983 Ryder Cup and the 1987 PGA Championship.
Along with the Champion Course and The Palmer Course?named after its legendary designer, Arnold Palmer?the resort features three more 18-hole courses, each of which offers its own devilish challenges. To help golfers take on the sprawling, historic courses, renowned instructor David Leadbetter shapes the teaching strategies at the resort's onsite academy.
The sound of screeching tires spirals through the sun-kissed air from the go-kart track. The piercing report of a sharp line drive emanates from the batting cages. From the mini-golf courses, giggles follow the soft clack of putter on ball. These sounds score the scene at Europa Go-Karts & Golf, a family fun center where visitors of all ages can race, swing, and putt through a day of blissful competition where all games end in hugs or going double-or-nothing on the number of hugs wagered before the next competition. As many as 12 go-karts can run in the same race, and the complex curates two 18-hole mini-golf courses. Indoors, Europa Go-Karts & Golf maintains a bustling game room with pool tables, skee-ball, and classic arcade games.
The sights and sounds of the fictional Hazzard county surround visitors of Cooter's Place, a museum and shop dedicated to the hit television show the Dukes of Hazzard. Ben "Cooter" Jones, the show's famous mechanic, founded the multi-leveled facility and filled every nook and cranny with props, costumes, pictures, and memorabilia from the show. Upstairs, players attempt precise putts around an 18-hole mini-golf course that resembles the Dukes of Hazzard set with fake plants, a wooden cabin, and a massive crew filming everything. The indoor go-kart track gives drivers a chance to chase one-another around a smooth oval in karts made to resemble the series' iconic vehicles.
With iridescent miniature golf courses in malls throughout North America, Glowgolf adds elements of phosphorescent fun to shopping sessions. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent animals, and lush foliage reminiscent of the glowing trees on Neptune. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to get familiar with each hole's obstacles. Equipment is available on the spot, so players won't have to carry around personal clubs or seek out a bioluminescent caddie.