With four sets of tees to choose from, each of the 18 holes that comprise Flatbush Golf Course reveal rewarding mental and physical challenges for golfers of every stripe. The course's lush chlorophyll-laden carpet stretches to 6,671 yards from the back tees, and brings into play obstacles such as water hazards on eight holes, elevated greens, and sudden impulses to plant a vegetable garden. The most difficult hole on the course proves to be number 4, a 450-yard par 4 with water on either side of the fairway and a wide, shallow green guarded by a large bunker to the front right. On the back nine, number 16 grants players a clear view of the hazards that lay before them, allowing them ample time to triangulate a route to safety.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Four tee options * Total length of 6,671 yards from the back tees * Rating of 71.6 from the back tees * Slope of 121 from the back tees
Just a few miles from where Abraham Lincoln once delivered the Gettysburg Address, there now lies a par-72 golf course stretching 7,069 yards from the tips. The calm greens on The Links at Gettysburg do little to conjure the chaos of the eponymous Civil War battle that took place nearby. Its fairways twist to accommodate a succession of 14 lakes and streams that golfers must navigate with either precise shots or a swan trained to retrieve balls from the water. The course challenges expert players with a 74.1 rating and 144 slope from the back tees, though four other sets of tees accommodate golfers of all skill levels. After an afternoon on the links, guests can settle in for hearty eats at the on-site Red Rock Grille.
An old Civil War-era cannon welcomes golfers to the clubhouse at Locust Hill Golf Course. though course management may not use it for shotgun tournament starts or to launch slow-play warnings at laggard golfers, it sets a historic tone for bucolic rounds of golf through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The chief hazards here are the lakes, ponds, and streams adding up to 35 acres in total. Water enters play on 11 of the 18 holes, but even if players can keep their golf balls high and dry, they still need to successfully navigate numerous sand bunkers and hard-to-read greens if they're to play well.
Liberty Road Golf Center's multifaceted facilities help golfers fine-tune swings with every club in their bag. Piercing drives, pinpoint approaches, and remote-controlled flop shots take flight from the Center's 20-stall driving range before touching down in a field peppered with yardage-marked flags and realistic faux bunkers to simulate on-course targets. A stint at the short-game practice area preps clubbers for a round at the nine-hole, par 3 course, where players launch tee shots onto slick, artificial greens and punish egotistical drivers by making them sit out for the round. While practice areas sharpen swings, master club tinkerer Mark J. Diley re-grips, re-shafts, and repairs clubs, and the center offers rental drivers and 6-irons for those without their own set. The Center also encompasses outdoor batting cages, where mechanical hurlers sling softballs and baseballs at eight different speed settings.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Maryland's countryside, the Wakefield Valley Golf Club showcases three different nine-hole courses. Each course presents a unique set of challenges, with the green course showcasing lengthy par 5s and the white course challenging golfers with hilly terrain and water holes that lure errant shots and experimental scuba-tank golf bags. The gold course, meanwhile, sets up demanding tee shots into narrow fairways, as seen on its signature eighth hole, where water guards the green on all sides.
Golfers can warm up for rounds at the driving range and practice green or employ the swing-honing advice of PGA Professional Scott Magee, who teaches enough students to believe that he will find one who can pull a putter from a stone. Guests can also refuel rumbling stomachs with casual food and drinks at Fenby’s Restaurant.
Top Flite Super Range golf balls hurtle toward laser-measured targets on Westminster Island Green’s lighted range, where players practice their drives from 50 hitting stations. Guests continue to enrich their golfing skills during lessons with PGA-certified golf instructors, summertime junior clinics (with 7:1 student-teacher ratios), and ladies or couples golf clinics held every other Thursday. Westminster Island Green also accommodates putters with a fully lit 18-hole miniature golf course, with island-themed landscaping and goldfish ponds. Alternatively, baseball buffs can watch their homers fly through an open-air batting park unobstructed by nets. There, pitching machines launch softballs at up to 60 mph and baseballs at up to 70 mph, while batters control the height of each pitch and the speed at which they spit out sunflower seeds.