Dynamic golf duo Robin and Mark Nigro help golfers develop optimal swings at Robin Nigro Golf Academy's full driving range, pro shop, and academy. The pair first joined forces when Mark began teaching golf to Robin, then 23, who thrived under Mark's deft training and, in two short years, ascended the ranks from late-starting beginner to a competitor on the Futures Mini Tour. Recognizing their undeniable chemistry, the two joined forces and now foster successful golf skills with lessons tailored to golfers of all stripes, often enlisting technological teaching aids to enhance their swing diagnoses and placate the club's supercomputer overlord.
Those looking for solo practice sessions can take to the outdoor driving range, where clubbers launch balls off of astroturf hitting mats out into a zoysia-grass valley peppered with multiple target areas. With covered, heated hitting bays, the range lets pin hunters work on their power draw or high fade while safely protected from rainstorms or predatory hot air balloons.
Named St. Louis’s Best Driving Range by the Riverfront Times in 2007, Family Golf & Learning Center earns praise as an encouraging environment in which golfers of all levels can hone their games. The lighted range boosts golfers with a second story of hitting stations stacked on top of the first that offers a bird’s-eye view, if that bird is sitting on the head of a giraffe. The range also features both real zoysia-grass tees as well as artificial-turf tees, and it stays open year-round thanks to heaters that prevent golf clubs’ handles from developing frostbite.
Once thoroughly limbered up, golfers can tee off on the par 3 course, where a maximum hole length of 160 yards allows for practice with short strokes and putting. Should self-improvement reach a plateau, the center’s instructors stand ready to help players make further strides through onsite lessons.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 27 course * Total length of 1,124 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Zoysia-grass fairways and bentgrass greens weave through the water-kissed grounds of Longview Lake Park to form Fred Arbanas Golf Course?s 18-hole championship layout. Relatively open fairways invite aggressive shots off of the tee, back-loading the difficulty with large, fast greens?which were renovated in 2009?that make any two-putt or impromptu croquet contest a tricky proposition. The back nine takes golfers along the shores of Longview Lake, where scenic panoramas abound at spots such as the course?s signature 403-yard, par 4 12th hole, where an elevated green looks out onto placid waters. Just north of the championship-length course, golfers fine-tune their short and midrange games at a 9-hole par 3 course or attempt to break the sound barrier by belting drives at the full-length, grass-tee driving range.
Dennis Walters has been surrounded by the game of golf since he was very young. He learned the game from his father, a PGA professional, and turned pro at the tender age of 18 with help from world-renowned teachers including Butch Harmon.
Dennis’s golf career has allowed him to whittle the notoriously difficult game down to three key areas: the swing, the mental game, and physical fitness. During lessons, he works to teach proper, easily repeatable swings that are based on core and lower-body movement. To this, he adds tips about mental preparation, teaching his students the value of learning proper practice techniques and eliminating negative thoughts such as wondering if they left the iron on in the middle of a downswing. Lastly, he advocates for proper physical conditioning through exercise, which can help golfers increase their distance and accuracy but also allow them to play late into their lives.
Local highways, driveways, and parking lots teem with sparkling cars thanks in part to Country Club Car Wash's 20-plus years of automotive grooming. The touchless wash systems and detailers dole out doses of products seven days a week, catering to cars whose conditions range from "in need of a quick rinse," to "coated in ostrich feathers and silly string." Country Club's unlimited wash clubs allow motorists to sanitize their cars as often as they see fit, and the wash stations at each facility are flanked by a Mobil On the Run. For cars that need a little more TLC, motorists can steer into one of the two full-service stations.
A singular mission pervades every private golf lesson, junior camp, and club-fitting session at Robin Nigro Golf Academy: help golfers play their best. Robin and her father oversee day-to-day operation of the academy, accepting golfers of every stripe into their program for instruction on developing skills and appreciation for the game even when golf balls refuse to obey orders. Robin herself draws upon a deep well of golf knowledge, having played on the Futures Mini Tour and qualified for the 1993 Women's U.S. Open despite taking up the game at the ripe old age of 23. The facility also features a double-decker driving range that is heated and outfitted with automatic ball dispensers.