All too often, putters and drivers are forced to share the spotlight. Over the years, that division of labor has weighed heavy on what was once a strong relationship between golf's two most popular clubs. But at Anchor Golf Center, neither club has to give any ground because each one has an area completely devoted to its services. Drivers can show off their strength at the facility's driving range, which features 30 covered hitting bays, 10 outdoor bays, and automated tees. Putters, meanwhile, can demonstrate their finesse at a renovated 18-hole mini-golf course complete with new turf carpeting and shrubbery that doesn't heckle anyone. Eventually, the two clubs can team up yet again during lessons taught by the center's first-rate staff or while aiming for low scores at Anchor's par 3 course.
Millions of balls have littered the grounds of 21 Golf Driving Range?25 million annually, in fact. These staggering numbers stem from the fact that golfers here hone their craft year-round?even in the dead of winter?thanks to the more than 50 climate-controlled, multi-tiered driving bays. The fully automatic tee-up system prevents each player from bending over shot after shot as they aim at flags, signs, and other targets that are much safer than the fully functional tanks that roamed the ranges of yesteryear. And such hospitality carries into the rest of the facility, too: 21 Golf also features a cafe, a pro shop, a restaurant, and even a spa.
The kinetic clack of tiny orbs colliding with metal clubs welcomes club-toting clientele into Hoboken Golf's 5,300-square-foot practice facility, where players can hone their games year-round. Using a nine-hole putting course as well as several hitting areas that accommodate swings of varying fullness, the studio's versatile instructors can provide a hands-on assessment of all aspects of their pupils' games.
What makes it great: anchored by a historic brick manor house built by the La Tourette family in 1870, pastoral landscape can be played in 9 or 18 holes, home to the annual New York City Amateur Championship, only course on Staten Island with a practice facility
With a 39-stall driving range, a miniature-golf circuit, and a nine-hole par 3 course, Mt. Freedom Golf helps golfers fine-tune every aspect of their game. That par 3 layout features several holes that span at least 100 yards from the tee to the bentgrass greens, showcasing a verdant expanse for players to work their short irons. Players bogey-proof swings at the driving range, where natural-grass hitting areas cater to those who favor a natural feel and provoke artificial mats to crow about how photosynthesis is overrated.
After grappling the yips at the safari-themed mini-golf course, players can seek out putter advice from one three ace instructors. Mt. Freedom Golf also offers a nine-hole Frisbee-golf course that favors those with disc-hurling prowess or enough money to hire a pizza chef as a caddy.