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.
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.
Since 1978, families have flocked to Five Towns Mini Golf & Batting Range for a day filled with raucous fun. On the mini-golf course, they traipse through well-manicured greenery, wielding putters as they strive for holes-in-one. A circular batting range offers 10 different cages including machines that chuck softballs and baseballs at varying speeds, with a special wiffle-ball cage dedicated to little ones and people made of glass. Armed with paintball markers, players take aim at black-hatted villains in the Wild West–themed arena, then further train their eyes and hands in the arcade.
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.