The 18-hole course at Chapel Hill guides golfers along lush fairways framed by dense tree lines and confronted by water on 11 holes. Six holes—beginning with No. 1—demand precise course-management skills when navigating shots around the stream that cuts through their fairways, demanding that players lay up, muscle their shots over, or swap their golf ball out for a beach ball. Laid end-to-end, the course measures 6,089 yards from the blue tees, the farthest of four available for play on each hole.
Course at a Glance:
Cleaved through the waving meadows of Lancaster County farmland, Tree Top Golf Course beckons to golfers of all stripes with a 4,651-yard, par 65 layout. The scaled-down links allow players to squeeze in an expedited round after work, before sunset, or during theater intermissions, and nine par 4s and a 427-yard par 5 channel the feel of a full-length layout. The course hosts night golf, during which clubbers tee up glow-in-the-dark balls and putt across greens illuminated only by the moon. To spread the game of golf to those at the critical age when they have to choose between golf and croquet, the course offers free rounds for children 8 and younger.
Course at a Glance:
Stone Meadows Golf Course funnels club wielders into a scenic woods-lined golfing field whose open layout channels links-style courses dating back to 15th-century Scotland. During their round of full-contact driving and putting, players will find it challenging to avoid the 18 hungry holes anxious to devour their golf balls, although the included snacks—a hot dog and a drink each—can be used to distract them and gain access to the next fairway. Golfers escaping from the doldrums of daily living can also escape from the doldrums of driving regular-sized cars, instead navigating paved roads atop a 2010 golf cart.
Combining the best aspects of amusement parks and triathlons, The Golf Zone runs guests through a gauntlet of activities that promotes warm-hearted laughs and icy nerves of steel. Armed with a bucket of 75 balls ($8), golfers slay distant target posts at the driving range or put numbered clubs through the paces at the nearby short-game area. After practicing putts and postputt fist pumps, golfers can take to the roundabout greens of the miniature golf course ($6 per round for adults; $5 for children), where sharp turns and perilous slopes spell doom for all but the craftiest balls. Three paintball fields host large brigades or lone soldiers as they blast enemies with colorful projectiles during two-hour firefights ($25 including gear), providing shelter in the form of wooden forts and a replica of the Maginot Line. Challenge land-speed records at the nearby Speed Zone, where the Python go-kart track tests drivers with harrowing twists and sneaky speed bumps that take indiscriminate bites out of single and tandem karts ($7 per race).
Situated on the historic, picturesque William Penn land-grant settlement, Valley Green's verdant fairways, manicured greens, and tree-lined rolling hills have visually regaled golfers for nearly five decades. The classic northeast-style par 71 golf course unfolds across 6,300 yards, and keeps par pursuers on their toes with water hazards, sand traps, and geysers disguised as holes. Flit about the golfscape in style in one of the course's carts, and practice your long game in bucket-long increments at the driving range.
Designed by renowned course architect Gilbert S. Hanse, Inniscrone Golf Club combines vintage golf design with awe-inspiring vistas and marked elevation changes. After recruiting a cart, a pair of ball-whackers can reconnoiter the par 70 course while enjoying the lush scenery accented by impeccably manicured fairways and misplaced football players. Draw on years of pin the tail on the donkey with several tee shots that arch over hills, then unveil a newly swaggered putt and strut on greens that send balls speeding across the emerald ground like greased bowling balls down an ice luge. Although now a public course, the once-private Inniscrone Golf Club has a challenging design, intricate details, and troves of slumbering elephants in the fairways.