Lions and tigers lurk on the glowing murals of Wildcat Station’s jungle-themed, black-light miniature-golf course, where balls roll toward nine challenging holes. More competition flanks the greens at the arcade, where 8 balls sink into the pool table’s pockets, pucks ricochet against the sides of the air-hockey table, and virtual races commence at video-game stations. Postgame birthday celebrations commence in the mirror-lined party area with pizza and soda feasts. Though it accommodates group or special events seven days a week, Wildcat Station typically closes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the school year so youngsters can catch up on their geometry homework and gain an advantage on the seventh hole.
Voted Golf Course of the Year by the Charleston Golf Course Owners Association in 2009, Dunes West Golf Club's scenic par 72 teems with 200-year-old oaks and bermuda-covered dunes in a diamond-shaped layout designed by Arthur Hills. Frank Moore, a PGA member with more than 20 years of teaching experience, uses close observation and video analysis in one-hour lessons to give each attendee a more confident swing and a more intimate understanding of life from a sand trap's perspective. In addition to 10 sessions of swing instruction, golf students can enjoy four rounds on the 6,871-yard course, stopping occasionally to admire the Dunes West clubhouse's classic southern architecture.
Lakeside breezes drift through dense tree lines and across the serpentine fairways of Silver Lake Golf Course’s 18-hole, 6,238-yard layout. Hemmed by mature arbors, the course’s narrow, unforgiving fairways prevent players from aggressively attacking its relatively short holes, encouraging golfers to doff their drivers or modified T-shirt cannons in favor of shorter clubs. Cresting hills give way to scenic views peppered throughout the course, where clubbers can pause to breathe in the fragrant scent of dew-covered grasses or look out onto the rippling waters of Silver Lake, which hugs the sides of multiple fairways. After an afternoon of tireless pin hunting, linksfolk can retire to the outdoor patio or indoor fireside seating of The Veranda Cafe to enjoy an icy beverage and scintillating games of spin-the-divot-tool.:m]]
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