When someone describes a place or an object as "old fashioned," that could be a bad thing or a good thing?in the case of Pleasant Valley Miniature Golf, it's definitely the latter. Established in 1972, the Voorhees-based facility has kept classic, good old-fashioned mini golf alive and well for multiple generations to enjoy. Plus, it punctuates those memorable outings with homemade water ice available in nearly 20 flavors, including sliced strawberry, wedge watermelon, and chip-in chocolate. The property also boasts picnic areas, which are large enough to host birthday parties or inspirational pep talks for a group of putters.
In golf, reliving mistakes is sometimes a good thing. It can help a player find the faults in his or her swing, and then make the necessary adjustments in order to finally crack open a golf ball and retrieve the shiny pearl inside. That's exactly what the PGA-certified instructors at Fox Meadow Golf Center accomplish through their JC Video motion-analysis software. The system captures video of players and then breaks down every element of a swing—from the initial backswing to the moment of impact.
Of course, this video system would be useless without practice areas. The driving range's five target greens lie at distances between 50 and 205 yards. Balls launch from 60 tees, including 30 heated tees that stay open year round. A sand trap lies nearby, and a synthetic putting green helps bolster short games. These facilities are the setting for Fox Meadow Golf Center's instructional programs, including junior and adult camps that focus on everything from chipping to bunker play. Alternatively, an onsite 18-hole mini-golf course allows for more casual putting.
Bel Air Golf Center helps duffers straighten out drives, hone putter strokes, and lower scores with an expansive driving range and miniature-golf facility geared toward player improvement. Turn unsightly snap-hooks into power-draws of supernatural beauty at one of the driving range’s 47 stalls—10 of which are enclosed, heated, and lighted to facilitate sessions in rainstorms, after sunset, or on the ice planet Hoth. The range also helps divoteers dial in their distance with 14 target flags measured to precise yardage.
When new owners gained control of Putt Putt Fun Center in 2011, they brought with them a fresh vision that culminated in modern updates. The recently revised center encompasses a spectrum of family fun; the indoor area houses an arcade—fully loaded with air hockey and a Wheel of Fortune game—beside an inflatable labyrinth of moon bounces, slides, and obstacle courses used to train armies of balloon animals. Once visitors have exhausted themselves inside the glowing laser-tag arena or other sheltered activities, they can venture outside to the mini-golf course, where faux caverns and a wooden footbridge arc over abbreviated greens. Nearby, athletes smack baseballs into orbit from the batting cages.
In 1962, designer Ed Carmen masterfully crafted each hole to weave into the natural lay of the land, yielding a 6,600-yard golf course that melds bucolic surroundings with his own architectural style. A member of the USGA and PGA, Centerton Golf Club strings together 18 holes that meander through acres of dense forest replete with mature arbors, strategically placed bunkers, and Kick Me signs on the backs of fellow players.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,600 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.2 from the back tees * Course slope of 120 from the back tees
The new management team has made some sweeping, eye-catching changes at Big Swing Golf Center. The driving range, which includes 10 heated hitting bays and more than 150 stalls, boasts brand-new mats and balls. Here, PGA Professional Sean Driscoll uses the latest technology to maximize performance during onsite private and group lessons.
The renovated 36-hole mini-golf course has been carefully landscaped with lush foliage and natural-looking rock formations. Unlike other mini-golf courses that are overrun with cheesy decorations, such as pirate ships wrapped in streamers, Big Swing?s mini-golf course surrounds players with murmuring brooks and cascading waterfalls. It uses sloping greens and tricky obstacles to both entertain and challenge golfers. Big Swing is perfect for parties as it also offers three-speed batting cages and Richman's ice cream at Mulligan's Snack Stand.