Virtual Golf Systems allows groups of up to four people to play rain or shine, day or night, dead or alive, in a 3-D HD virtual simulator featuring 18 famous courses. The simulator combines high-resolution digital images with satellite data to create a realistic 3-D golfing field that's accurate down to the smallest detail, displaying trees, bunkers, hazards, and panther tracks exactly as they appear on the actual course. Grab a group of buddies and re-create Major moments on courses such as Pebble Beach, Pinehurst No. 2, and Kiawah Island. The simulator's ball-tracking system measures and reports data related to players' games, analyzing balls and clubs at high resolution to project accurate trajectory analysis, distance measurements, velocity, backspin, and sidespin.
At Swing Doctors, PGA-certified instructors use state-of-the-art video-analysis software to improve each golfer?s swing mechanics and overall skill set. A camera captures swings and divides them into freeze frames to pinpoint weaknesses in posture, technique, and color coordination of clothing.
Swing Doctors is also home to more than 100 virtual golf courses. Links including Firestone and Pinehurst unfurl on 10'x13' screens, simulating surfaces such as fairway, green, and sand bunker.
At Redwood Golf Center, club-swinging cadets send range balls flying from personal mats housed within their cozy, covered stalls. After first selecting a bucket size – large buckets contain 85 balls while small buckets have 34 – golfers then set to practicing their 2-iron stingers, wedge game accuracy, and triple pump-fake drives off the tee. Frequent visitors can also take advantage of the per-bucket discounts found within the center’s punch cards, which are redeemable for 9, 25, or 50 buckets over the course of a year.
Staffed by experienced professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of Golfing Robotics, GolfTec’s syndicate of golf training centers grooms games with a five-pronged approach enhanced by technological refinements. Score-shaving wisdom resonates within the walls of the indoor facilities, where certified personal coaches point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips to permanently improve their game from tee to green. By utilizing video swing analysis and motion-measurement software, instructors can assess pupils’ abilities with objective data and a fact-based tact superior to traditional hearsay-oriented coaching strategies. To further enhance performance, GolfTec offers club-fitting services to match each swing profile with its ideal set of sticks.
Glen Acres Golf & Country club challenges irons to swing for its par-71 benchmark on 6,088 yards of secluded fairways. A one-month membership grants long- and short-gamers unlimited use of the 9-hole, 18-tee course, including its driving ranges and practice areas. Evaluate the layout with a hole-by-hole analysis, strategizing how to avoid ball-swallowing bunkers and aqueous interludes with water hazards. Golfers also get the power to bring up to three guests to the course on one occasion during the month, additional green fees not included. After catching up to the course's notoriously speedy greens, members get designated times to leisurely explore the club's facilities, including member dining areas, swimming pools, and green rooms where members can indulge in boat envy in private.
Jefferson Park Golf Course may be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2015, but one look at the plans for the new clubhouse clearly points to the future. The new structure will welcome golfers with a two-tier driving range, a bar and grille with outdoor seating, and the ghost of course architect Thomas Bendelow, who's been staying at a motel during construction. The course has even adopted the new sport of Footgolf, which swaps out golf balls and clubs for a soccer ball and a much larger hole. Of course, some things are the same as when the first golfers teed up back in 1915. The city skyline and Mt. Rainier still linger in the background of the 18-hole layout, providing a dramatic backdrop as players make their way around the 18-hole championship course or 9-hole par 3 course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,278 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 120 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Foot Golf: * 9-hole, par 31 course * Total length of 1,001 yards * View the scorecard