From the seascapes of Pebble Beach Golf Links to the narrow fairways of Pinehurst No. 2, golfers can play some of the world's most famous courses in City Tee Time's golf simulator. The courses come to life on the 12-foot screen that golfers pelt with real golf balls launched by real clubs (City Tee time rents out clubs for no additional charge). During rounds, golfers can adjust shots and game-management strategies by referring to a system of 688 independent sensors that records the trajectory of each shot. Golfers can also adjust a number of variables before each round, such as electing to play in calm, breezy, or windy conditions and on hard, soft, or lava greens.
City Tee Time also boasts a short-game training area and digital practice modules, which let golfers scrutinize their swings and vestigial tails with video-replay technology. While practicing their stroke, guests can keep track of live sporting events on City Tee Time's HD TVs or stay abreast of work responsibilities with the facility's complimentary WiFi.
TourBound Golf Academy fosters score-shaving improvement for golfers of all abilities with the latest PGA Tour simulators and professional instructors. The immense screens of simulators line the walls, vividly bringing to life the verdant landscapes of 50 of the world's most famous courses. To allow for realistic play, the highly detailed simulator experience takes into account factors such as wind currents, ball spin, and excessively sweaty palms to inform the outcome of each swing. Offering a more hands-on kind of swing sprucing, the academy offers sessions with the TourBound robot, which can correct common swing imbalances, such as having too steep a backswing or failing to transfer body weight through the swing. The long arms of the robot physically guide hands through the proper motions, giving players a feel for the proper technique while making sarcastic remarks about human mortality.
For those looking for less structured practice, the academy also offers hitting bays that foster rote swing mechanics. Between time spent peering into the murky depths of their golf swing, guests can relax amid plush leather seats and spacious locker room.
Using James Pugliese's 20-year-tested six-step program, The Better Golf Academy deploys mobile putting pedagogues to educate aspiring child and adult golfers in the basics of club swinging at the driving range of their choice. During private, 30-minute golf lessons, instructors dismantle students' swings into separate parts—including grip, setup, backswing, downswing, and impact—before reconstructing them into fluid ball-smacking strokes. In addition to teaching basic rules and etiquette, lessons focus on the putting, pitching, and chipping required of successful short games, which are played by people with shorter necks. The Better Golf Academy supplies all necessary equipment, including range balls and clubs, so that students don't needlessly sprain a set of salad tongs.
Each year, Chicago Sport and Social Club draws 70,000 participants together on fields and courts for laid-back games and practices. Looking to make new friends while indulging in some fun competition, players sign up for ongoing leagues and classes, along with single-session sporting events. Sports on the club's roster include tennis, volleyball, football, and soccer, along with activities like bowling and dodgeball. Some leagues and tournaments are co-ed, some are gender-specific, and some are for costumed mascots only. All of the events, however, promise as much opportunity for socializing as they do for scoring points.
Class A PGA member Gabe Rios understands that the more someone wants to succeed at golf, the harder it is to concentrate on making incremental but essential improvements. By fostering a relaxed atmosphere within his indoor golf studio, he helps his students work out their goals while keeping the game stress-free and fun. Players take their cuts inside a hitting bay fitted with a Foresight launch monitor, V1 Golf video analysis technology, and two televisions. This tech arsenal allows them to watch replays of their swing mechanics in real time and receive feedback on ball flight statistics. Meanwhile, Gabe?himself an avid golfer since the age of six with a degree in professional golf management?looks on from his director?s chair, doling out helpful tips and inventing playing scenarios, such as a plugged ball or a putter face covered in honey.