Second generation PGA pro Frank Clark is a specialist in the art of the golf swing: he’s had more than 40 years of teaching and playing experience. Rather than rely on his intuition alone, however, Frank couples his keen sense of stroke with video analysis. That way, golfers can examine their own mechanics and identify areas for improvement. The camera used during the high speed video moves at 300 frames per second to capture every moment of the swing in fine detail, from backswing and contact to your follow-through and victory dance. Students can also soak up Frank’s wisdom through other lesson formats, including individual and group playing lessons and clinics on varying topics. Frank also offers Golf Fit classes, which allow students to hone the specific movements and and positions of the five basic golf shots while improving overall health and wellness.
Part miniature country club and part botanical garden, Putt'n Around Delray Beach weaves two outdoor 18-hole courses through a verdant jungle of more than 300 species of plants. In the Everglades course, coconut palm trees, flowers, and a tree autographed by past golfers provide shade for bronze statues of animals, such as manatees and alligators. Putt'n Around's ocean-themed course recreates a typical day of mini golfing at the beach, sporting crystal-clear waters and trick holes only visible with metal detectors. Putt'n Around adds more artwork every month and decorates the courses for holiday celebrations, erecting haunted trails for Halloween and replacing the green carpeting with tacky sweaters for Bill Cosby's birthday.
Basketball, softball, and soccer. Bowling, corn hole, and dodge ball. Flag football, kickball, and volleyball. Planet Social Sports provides many different arenas for athletes to showcase their skills, but the emphasis always remains on sportsmanship and fun. In addition to laid-back sports leagues, skiing and whitewater-rafting trips promise fresh air and new friends.
Glow-in-the-dark sharks, pirates, and pirate ships set the scene at Shipwrecks at Blue Lagoon Entertainment Center, a nautical-themed indoor mini-golf arena that hosts parties for all occasions. As kids traverse the course sinking putts and wondering how the resident pirate got his eye patch, parents can join them for a game or relax as a courteous party host takes care of all the party planning, including setup and cleanup. Black lights illuminate detailed drawings of coral, treasure chests, and pirate skulls, as well as handcrafted features of the course such as murals and challenging putting obstacles. Kids can also play games in the game area or compete in games of laser tag. Blue Lagoon Grill also has a hearty menu to keep little buccaneers and their parents satisfied, which includes tasty pizza, wings, sodas, a milkshake bar for kids, and an actual bar for adults.
The verdant brainchild of course architect William Mitchell, Deerfield Country Club's 18-hole course plots a 4,120-yard track through lush groves of palm trees and impeccably maintained turf. An executive layout composed of nine par 3s and nine par 4s, the course offers diverse play in a time-efficient package. New greens and recently refurbished bunkers compete for golf balls' affection, their success determined by dowries offered by paternal flagsticks and sand-trap rakes. Golfers streamline straight-hitting swings and soft, greenside shots at the practice facilities, which include a driving range with practice bunkers and an immense putting green. Leather chairs await weary legs in the clubhouse, where golfers can slake their thirst or clean off sand wedges with a sudsy drink from the bar.
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Xtreme Indoor Karting's 90,000-square-foot facility buzzes with the energy of Bowman Arrow karts as they whiz between the checkered flags that line the railing of the indoor go-kart track. All sporting Honda engines, three kart models take to the half-mile asphalt stage where child and adult racers show off their skills, reaching speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. The racing theme pervades the facility, including the 18 holes of the indoor miniature golf course, which are peppered with half tires and watered with tears of joy from past Indy 500 winners. More than 100 different interactive games—including racing simulators—flicker inside the arcade, and rows of billiards tables line the black-and-white checkered floors of the Finish Line Sports Bar. Charged with fueling all of these activities, the kitchen staff at the Fast Track Café whip together burgers, wraps, and pizzas. For kid's-only entertainment, the staff supervise a day camp throughout the summer months, when all of the country's teachers traditionally lose their keys to the school.