Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
The caring coaches at CATS combine game play, exercise, and team building to foster kiddies' forays into the sporting life. Basic athletic classes cross-train tots (ages 1–4) in the rudiments of basketball, tennis, soccer, golf, and other classic sphere-centric pursuits. Sports-development courses ready older rug rats (ages prekindergarten–10) for competitive athletics by focusing on strategy, physical conditioning, and agility. Each new registration comes with a CATS T-shirt and a washable sense of self-confidence. Look here for the spring class schedule, here for the summer schedule and upcoming events, or at the nearest shiny surface to check for lodged poppy seeds.
On each of the 18 holes at Jacob Riis Park Golf Course, players have three chances to pitch and putt their way to par. Splayed over the 26,000-acre Gateway National Park, holes are kept short—150 yards and less—so as to make accuracy the prime concern, as opposed to driver distance or leaping like Michael Jordan some 400 yards and dunking the golf ball. Since the course's establishment in 1935, this attribute as well as the wide-open format and generous bent-grass greens have made it an ideal place for beginners and rust-banishing veterans to hone short game skills.
The kinetic clash of zipping projectiles resonates throughout Baseball Plus’s expansive indoor facility, where baseball players and golfers alike can groom their game in multiple batting cages and state-of-the-art Full Swing golf simulators. The studio’s mechanical hurlers paint the plate with pitches dialed to one of seven total speeds—topping out at 80 mph and hitting the low-end with high-arcing, slow-pitch softball—for players to swat with their trusty bat or swimming noodle. Up to four linksmen can loop the realistic-looking courses contained in each golf simulator, which precisely replicates the emerald corridors of 50 worldwide courses. Players can spend their two-hour session playing competitive rounds of golf or in training modules that foster games of longest drive, closest to the pin, and greatest postswing pirouette.
PGA Master Pro Walter Ostroske—whose extensive resume of golf instruction includes penning the instructional tome Break 100 in 21 Days: A How-To Guide for the Weekend Golfer draws from more than 40 years of teaching experience to help golfletes rein in unreliable swings. In each 45-minute lesson, aspiring aces can pick Walter's argyle-plated brain while honing their skill sets that require the most work, such as learning how to smoothly splash balls out of the practice sand bunker, developing their putt-reading skills at the practice green, or discussing their emotional attachment to the mashie niblick at the driving range. With two private lessons, pupils can reinforce initial teachings, helping to further drive home any subtle adjustments made to their swing. Walter's hard-won nuggets of golf wisdom can hasten players' journey to straighter shots, lower scores, and more dispirited co-competitors regardless of age or experience.