The kinetic clack of tiny orbs colliding with metal clubs welcomes club-toting clientele into Hoboken Golf's 5,300-square-foot practice facility, where players can hone their games year-round. Using a nine-hole putting course as well as several hitting areas that accommodate swings of varying fullness, the studio's versatile instructors can provide a hands-on assessment of all aspects of their pupils' games.
What makes it great: anchored by a historic brick manor house built by the La Tourette family in 1870, pastoral landscape can be played in 9 or 18 holes, home to the annual New York City Amateur Championship, only course on Staten Island with a practice facility
All too often, putters and drivers are forced to share the spotlight. Over the years, that division of labor has weighed heavy on what was once a strong relationship between golf's two most popular clubs. But at Anchor Golf Center, neither club has to give any ground because each one has an area completely devoted to its services. Drivers can show off their strength at the facility's driving range, which features 30 covered hitting bays, 10 outdoor bays, and automated tees. Putters, meanwhile, can demonstrate their finesse at a renovated 18-hole mini-golf course complete with new turf carpeting and shrubbery that doesn't heckle anyone. Eventually, the two clubs can team up yet again during lessons taught by the center's first-rate staff or while aiming for low scores at Anchor's par 3 course.