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.
At this 9-acre family fun center, orb-tossers young and old drive spheres down 32 glossy lanes, and miniature-golf enthusiasts putt their way around a desert-themed 18-hole course. Tepees, outcroppings, and an active waterfall cover the pint-size fairways and greens, creating a unique layout that was named Best Miniature Golf in 2011 by the Riverfront Times.
Nearby, nine batting cages hurl baseballs and softballs at varying speeds, and three sand volleyball courts await bouts of friendly competition. Overlooking the sandy courts, an outdoor deck invites guests to lounge in the sun with casual fare from the cafe. The indoor section pumps jukebox tunes as pool balls sink into the pockets of the billiards table or a passing kleptomaniac.
Deer Lake Golf Course emerges out of verdant greenery and idyllic meadows to test golfers of all skill levels with its challenging topography. Players whack their way through more than 6,800 yards of lush fairways, overcoming an arsenal of obstacles that include sand traps, long shots, water hazards, and Pete Sampras's tennis racket. Before hitting the links, hone putting and driving skills at the nearby practice facilities, or receive direct guidance that can improve an amateur swing from a course professional. The clubhouse's grill appeases competitive appetites with drinks and sandwiches, fuel for participating in Deer Lake's schedule of golf tournaments.
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.
Sunset Hills’ 18-hole golf course, revamped after a change in management and ownership, unfurls across 6,452 yards of rolling Missouri countryside for a player-friendly, par 72 layout. The course’s moderate length will tempt players to unsheathe their drivers or golf-ball bazookas and take an aggressive line, but multiple fairway-side ponds offer incentive for more conservative play. To prepare golfers for their pin-hunting odyssey, the course maintains a multifaceted Golf Learning Center, which includes a putting green, a chipping area, and a driving range with grass hitting areas, shaded hitting mats, and floodlights for after-hours practice sessions. A stately banquet hall, The Sunset Room, overlooks the course and hosts weddings, business meetings, and 9-iron birthday parties with seating for up to 300 guests. Course at a Glance:
Established inside St. Louis Union Station in 2004, Galactic Glow Putt provides an interstellar arena for friendly and familial mini-golf competition. The sci-fi themed course is strewn with the trappings of space travel, including astral artwork, UV light, and Buzz Aldrin's memory-foam neck pillow. Ricochet angle shots under the glowing night sky, or play through a wire-strewn molecular teleporter, which miraculously and imperceptibly transports those who travel through it three inches to the left. The course opens its gates to Earthlings from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday–Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.