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.
Amid the verdant, golf-cart-traversed grounds of Indian Spring Country Club and Pennsauken Country Club, executive chef Dean Marco blends herbs with Maryland crab meat to make his broiled jumbo lump crab cakes. The crisp yet creamy morsels, which are Marco’s signature dish, are properly placed near the top of the menu at Marco’s Restaurant, above succulent meats such as filet mignon, Atlantic salmon, and whole crabs with authentic New England accents. Given both locations’ proximity to the links, each kitchen also sates golfers’ appetites with Angus burgers and sandwich baskets that come with optional sides such as lobster-and-shrimp bisque.
Open year-round, the course at Juniata Golf Club sprawls over 106 naturally hilly acres and challenges players with tricky lies and imposing hazards that complicate its relatively short length. Frankford Creek winds into play on six holes of the Edmund B. Ault design, ensnaring worm burners in a reedy morass. The par-4 sixth hole exemplifies the difficulty of the course as a whole, measuring just 360 yards in length but forcing shots to climb entirely uphill from tee to shallow green like a marathon-running pack mule.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-66 course
Total length of 5,275 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 64.8 from the back tees
Course slope of 109 from the back tees
Three sets of tees per hole
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.
A member of the exclusive Ron Jaworski Golf Signature portfolio, Valleybrook Country Club lives up to the legendary status of its namesake with Best of South Jersey awards in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011, as determined by readers of the Courier-Post. The club's 18-hole course earns its accolades with tough but rewarding challenges, presenting a hybrid of flat and hilly terrain that keeps players mindful of elevation as they line up approaches or somersault down hillsides in pursuit of runaway balls. Complicating matters are tight fairways and water hazards that come into play at nine points throughout the round. While golfers deliberate over club choice, they can assuage their nerves with visions of steamed mussels, burgers, and pizzas awaiting them at Riley's Pub for post-round devouring.
Course at a Glance:
John Philip Sousa and Bob Hope aren't usually in the same sentence together, but they have both been guests of The Abington Club, where golf, fitness, and culinary offerings converge. The 9-hole golf course is characterized by elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, and one of the country's first island greens. Inside the two-story fitness complex, group classes and individual exercise equipment spur members into shape. And the center isn't just for grownups. Youngsters can partake of youth programs including kids' yoga and Zumba classes, pool parties, and kids camp. After time spent engaged in physical activities, club guests can unwind at the Wet Whistle Bar & Grill, where they can enjoy burgers, wraps, and cold brews.