Though it only has 9 greens and fairways, Balmoral Golf Club can easily be treated as a full 18-hole course. Each of the 9 holes has 2 completely separate tee boxes, which extend from as short as 130 yards to as long as 443. While the latter isn't actually all that long by most standards, the overall effect welcomes golfers of all levels. The challenging course doesn't force beginners and shorter hitters out of their comfort zones, while more experienced players have plenty of room to polish swings. At the culmination of a 9- or 18-hole round or 26.2-hole marathon, players can head into the stately clubhouse, which anchors the 45-acre grounds with private locker rooms and a relaxation deck.
With an 18-hole course, indoor and outdoor driving ranges, and three simulators, Gray Eagle Golf Course & Academy fashions itself as a golf destination dedicated to enjoyable play and improvement. On the course, golfers can play from one of four sets of tees for their journey over the tees, greens, and fairways of bentgrass?a soft material known for its short root system, not its belief that every golfer is a supernatural being. Measuring 6,739 yards from the back tees, the layout may feel longer because holes 1, 9, 10, and 18 are each par 5s, bookending the front and back nines with 500-yard behemoths. When the weather fails to cooperate, the academy keeps golfers swinging with ample opportunities for indoor play, including a massive indoor practice facility, heated and covered outdoor driving-range stalls, and indoor simulators loaded with such world-renowned courses as Kapalua Plantation, Pinehurst No. 2, and St. Andrews.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,739 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 131 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
MAN Golf Management’s facilities give players myriad ways to curb their golf cravings. Coffin Golf Club and Riverside Golf Course invite guests to play through more than 6,200 yards of golf apiece, with three to four tees per hole and prevailing winds that can send shots sailing into sand bunkers or water hazards. Meanwhile, the Riverside Golf Academy lets players practice on 16 covered hitting stalls, 18 outdoor hitting mats, two grass chipping practice greens, and one indoor putting green. There, instructors also host private lessons to help golfers sharpen their swings without replacing their drivers with lumberjack axes.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor hard or clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively caf?, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
At Morningstar Golf Club, lacing a drive down the fairway is no easy feat?and neither is finding the green in regulation. Narrow fairways and small, undulating greens define this deceptively difficult course, which further complicates passage by peppering sand traps and waterways into the 18-hole layout. The course nestles in the shadow of a clubhouse that was renovated from a 19th-century barn and still boasts the original beams.
As the PGA Director of Instruction at Smock Driving Range-MZ III Golf Academy, Michael Zedrick III molds the swings of adult and junior golfers into sound strokes worthy of repetition. Michael’s arrival on the range marks the latest stop in a glittering career that includes two years spent as an assistant at TPC Scottsdale and a stint studying under Hank Haney at ESPN Golf Schools. He also boasts certification as a Titleist Performance Institute instructor. Michael puts all of this know-how to use during his intensive lessons, which he caps off with Titleist V-1 Pro video swing analysis that can be accessed via the Internet for post-lesson study or as entertainment at a gathering of extended family.