For four decades, Putt-Putt Golf and Games has hosted friendly competition with four putt-putt golf courses and an array of games. Colorful blossoms and rocky waterfalls add character to 18-hole putt-putt golf courses, and creative hole designs add challenge. Groups of partygoers can request a staff chaperone to guide them through the labyrinth and hand over a treasure map to the course’s bounty of nougat-filled golf balls.
In the Game Zone, visitors settle competitive challenges at an air-hockey table or face-off against digital emissaries in the Terminator Salvation arcade game. Outside, the Jump Shot is a trampoline basketball hoop that launches athletes toward slam-dunks in lower orbit.
Radnor Valley Country Club provides players with access to three newly renovated indoor courts, outdoor lighted clay courts, and a staff of professional instructors from around the globe, including tennis director Reda Akbil. Each one-hour private lesson is tailored to the orbit-whacking needs and talents of budding baseliners, with instruction in skills such as serving, hitting, and outsmarting Charles Nelson Reilly. With one-on-one attention from their racquet racketeer, students can shape up their swing, better their backhand, or just get some exercise while working out deep-seated net angst.
Named a 2011 Top 100 Club Fitter in the country by Golf Digest, Golf By Design carries a full complement of golf equipment from clubs to apparel, and offers club fitting and repair that will improve course play. Putt around on the practice green before hitting approaches with the Bridgestone E5 ball ($26.99/dozen) or gear up for a links expedition with the Bag Boy T-300 travel bag ($39.99). For sputtering putters and scrap irons, the full service repair shop regrips, reshafts, and resuscitates old clubs, leaving them chipper and ready to dig divots like a prototype.
Rolling hills, wooded terrain, and shimmering waterways serve as the canvas upon which Beckett Golf Club’s 27-hole, 9,577-yard golf complex shines. The swath of verdant playing grounds forms three distinct nines that golfers mix and match to create varied 18-hole rounds. The longest layout, the blue course, confronts players with bends and jumps in the form of dogleg fairways and water hazards on three holes. A fast-starting swing is a must for golfers starting on the red course, where the first hole—a 498-yard par 5—is also the layout’s most difficult, bending sharply to the left with a lush patch of trees that prevents shortcuts and golf-cart drag races. The shortest of the three nines, the white course puts water in play on two holes and revels in the rolling fairways and medium-size greens that characterize the entire 27-hole layout.
Open year-round, the course at Juniata Golf Club sprawls over 106 naturally hilly acres and challenges players with tricky lies and imposing hazards that complicate its relatively short length. Frankford Creek winds into play on six holes of the Edmund B. Ault design, ensnaring worm burners in a reedy morass. The par-4 sixth hole exemplifies the difficulty of the course as a whole, measuring just 360 yards in length but forcing shots to climb entirely uphill from tee to shallow green like a marathon-running pack mule.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-66 course
Total length of 5,275 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 64.8 from the back tees
Course slope of 109 from the back tees
Three sets of tees per hole
There are a number of ways to enjoy the game of golf without hitting the links, and Tee It Up Golf provides just about all of them. Its two-level 52-stall driving range accommodates seasoned veterans as well as newcomers developing their own swing using Tee It Up's rental clubs. Kids can set out on the 18-hole mini-golf course or enroll in a summer golf camp to learn to navigate the world of golf proper. For golfers longing for faraway links, the facility's golf simulator allows you to tee off or yell at birds on digital versions of 30 courses from around the world.