Springfield Golf Center's 18-hole course encompasses 6 par threes, 10 par fours, and 2 par fives. Its many shorter-length holes make the course ideal for beginners or advanced golfers looking for casual rounds. For practice, players can head over to the driving range or sign up for lessons with P.G.A. professional Michael Beal. Springfield Golf Center is also home to a Mayan-themed mini golf course.
PGA-certified instructor Michael Lanzetta imparts golf wisdom from the expansive practice facilities at Mansfield Golf and Learning Center, which he has owned and operated since 1997. The passionate pedagogue sleeps on a bed of neatly mown bentgrass to maintain the pin-hunting skills that led him to victory in more than 100 competitive tournaments, including the New Jersey Head Professional Championship. A simple teaching philosophy of improving clients? ball-striking fundamentals is the driving force of every lesson, during which pupils crush orbs from a 36-stall, 14-acre driving range, which features covered, enclosed stalls to offset meteorological uncertainties. Lessons may also include the use of video analysis, which plays back shots in slow motion and introduces players to a digital doppelg?nger soon to be their inferior. Mansfield Golf also showcases a pro shop that carries golf equipment from top brands and offers club fitting, repair, and regripping services.
20 world famous golf courses come to life on the immense screens of Baylinks Golf's four High Definition golf simulators, letting golfers enjoy high-profile links in the climate controlled comfort of a high tech simulator. Suited for on-course play as well as practice, the simulators record a host of variables for each golf shot, including ball speed, clubhead speed, and spin, projecting shot trajectory with more accuracy than by asking a three-wood how the swing felt. Sensors ensure that golfers experience a lifelike round as they play fantasy courses such as Pebble Beach Golf Links, Torrey Pines, and Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The simulators also boast driving range modules, allowing golfers to practice their backswing, hip turn, and mid-swing sneeze attacks.
It's already tough to maintain a golf course without horses grazing on the greens. Luckily, the 180-acre grounds at Old York Country Club no longer serve as an equestrian estate. Instead they've become a canvas for golf legend Gary Player, who used the undulating landscape to craft an 18-hole, 6,770-yard course. Player's design connects weaves the fairways through swells of native grass, deep bunkers, and massive trees. All the while, elevation changes of up to 75 feet instill games with both drama and beauty, like Shakespeare announcing a tournament on TV.
Course at a Glance:
* Designed by Gary Player
* 18-hole, par 71/72 course
* Length of 6,770 yards from the tips
* Five tee options
Freeway Golf Course has a storied history. For one thing, in the 1960s, the course was owned by four African-American businessmen during a time when segregation was still very prevalent in the United States. The course also played host to the first-ever Sammy Davis Jr. Open. Today, golfers navigate across the hallowed grounds of Freeway while tackling the challenges it throws their way. Water swallows shots on six different holes, and the greens are fast and firm, much like an auctioneer explaining the rules of a pillow fight. The ninth hole holds rank as the course's signature hole, testing golfers with a mammoth 580-yard par five?far and away the course's longest hole.
Course at a Glance
18-hole, par 72 course
Total of 6,536 yards from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole
Course rating of 70.5
Course slope of 119
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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.