All too often, putters and drivers are forced to share the spotlight. Over the years, that division of labor has weighed heavy on what was once a strong relationship between golf's two most popular clubs. But at Anchor Golf Center, neither club has to give any ground because each one has an area completely devoted to its services. Drivers can show off their strength at the facility's driving range, which features 30 covered hitting bays, 10 outdoor bays, and automated tees. Putters, meanwhile, can demonstrate their finesse at a renovated 18-hole mini-golf course complete with new turf carpeting and shrubbery that doesn't heckle anyone. Eventually, the two clubs can team up yet again during lessons taught by the center's first-rate staff or while aiming for low scores at Anchor's par 3 course.
With a 39-stall driving range, a miniature-golf circuit, and a nine-hole par 3 course, Mt. Freedom Golf helps golfers fine-tune every aspect of their game. That par 3 layout features several holes that span at least 100 yards from the tee to the bentgrass greens, showcasing a verdant expanse for players to work their short irons. Players bogey-proof swings at the driving range, where natural-grass hitting areas cater to those who favor a natural feel and provoke artificial mats to crow about how photosynthesis is overrated.
After grappling the yips at the safari-themed mini-golf course, players can seek out putter advice from one three ace instructors. Mt. Freedom Golf also offers a nine-hole Frisbee-golf course that favors those with disc-hurling prowess or enough money to hire a pizza chef as a caddy.
The pristine, recently renovated fairways at Meadows Golf Club snake around 12 ponds that vary in size and factor into play-making decisions on at least 14 holes. Water makes itself a prevalent threat to golf balls that are afraid to swim on the 9th and 18th holes, where larger ponds loom ominously to finish out the front and back nines. The 9th, a 240-yard uphill par 3, demands steely nerved shots over two ponds: one that stretches past the tee box to the player's center-right and another that runs along the left all the way to the green. On the par 4 18th, players again face down a tee shot over water, this time being forced to keep their drive to the right to avoid water along the length of the fairway, as well as packs of ravenous ball washers that roam the course in search of prey.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * 6,345 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees
Even after 10 years in business, a spot on Golf Magazine?s ?40 Under 40? list, and multiple features in Entrepreneur magazine, CEO Joshua Jacobs maintains a laserlike focus on what?s important to the health of America?s youngsters. His youth-enrichment program, taught at all TGA franchises, uses the games of golf and tennis as means for communicating positive life values and building confidence in pre-K through 8th-grade students, all while keeping kids active to combat obesity. Born from a team of golf, tennis, and education professionals, the five-level TGA curriculum teaches etiquette, sportsmanship, and the value of physical activity alongside lessons in math, science, history, and English. The trained staff outfits each student with modified equipment for their lesson, including shorter golf clubs, lighter tennis racquets, and reduced-flight golf balls that have had their wings clipped for indoor use.
Hyatt Hills Golf Complex aims to make the game of golf less complicated. The facility exceeds the call of a typical golf venue, incorporating an 18-hole mini golf course, a driving range, and even a restaurant in addition to its nine-hole course. Measuring 3,350 yards from the back tees, the par 36 layout forces players to contend with several shots over water, healthy doses of greenside bunkering, and a pair of long doglegs in holes 2 and 5—both par 5s. Players can also work with Hyatt Hills' roster of PGA professionals for help getting over a scoring hump—a solution that's easier on the conscience than just conveniently forgetting every third stroke.
When it comes to golf, practice makes perfect. But when playing a round of golf with a favorite foursome, players can spend more time traveling from ball to ball and changing the numbers on their friends' scorecards than practicing. That's where Willowbrook Golf Center comes in. The practice facility contains everything a golfer needs to shave strokes from his or her game, including a team of PGA teaching professionals. These coaches correct bad habits and impart game-saving tips at Willowbrook Golf Center's 80-stall covered range, which stays open from dawn until after dusk, letting players drive ball after ball without chasing them down. And for good measure, the center also throws in a 36-hole miniature-golf course, where putters young and old hone their technique as they roll past a 30-foot waterfall and rocky obstacles.