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.
When someone describes a place or an object as "old fashioned," that could be a bad thing or a good thing?in the case of Pleasant Valley Miniature Golf, it's definitely the latter. Established in 1972, the Voorhees-based facility has kept classic, good old-fashioned mini golf alive and well for multiple generations to enjoy. Plus, it punctuates those memorable outings with homemade water ice available in nearly 20 flavors, including sliced strawberry, wedge watermelon, and chip-in chocolate. The property also boasts picnic areas, which are large enough to host birthday parties or inspirational pep talks for a group of putters.
If Magellan ever designed a miniature golf complex, it might have resembled Water's Edge Mini Golf. The 36-hole course draws a tidal wive of inspiration from the romance of nautical exploration, with streams, waterfalls, and ponds gushing and glistening at every turn. A lighthouse stands sentry over the grounds, looking over seafaring motifs?including a beached skiff?and flowerbeds bursting with pastel blossoms. Games buzz inside an arcade area with concessions, where guests can cool off or compose Melville impersonations in ketchup.
For four decades, Putt-Putt Golf and Games has hosted friendly competition with four putt-putt golf courses and an array of games. Colorful blossoms and rocky waterfalls add character to 18-hole putt-putt golf courses, and creative hole designs add challenge. Groups of partygoers can request a staff chaperone to guide them through the labyrinth and hand over a treasure map to the course’s bounty of nougat-filled golf balls.
In the Game Zone, visitors settle competitive challenges at an air-hockey table or face-off against digital emissaries in the Terminator Salvation arcade game. Outside, the Jump Shot is a trampoline basketball hoop that launches athletes toward slam-dunks in lower orbit.
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
Rolling hills, wooded terrain, and shimmering waterways serve as the canvas upon which Beckett Golf Club’s 27-hole, 9,577-yard golf complex shines. The swath of verdant playing grounds forms three distinct nines that golfers mix and match to create varied 18-hole rounds. The longest layout, the blue course, confronts players with bends and jumps in the form of dogleg fairways and water hazards on three holes. A fast-starting swing is a must for golfers starting on the red course, where the first hole—a 498-yard par 5—is also the layout’s most difficult, bending sharply to the left with a lush patch of trees that prevents shortcuts and golf-cart drag races. The shortest of the three nines, the white course puts water in play on two holes and revels in the rolling fairways and medium-size greens that characterize the entire 27-hole layout.