Though the layout is welcoming to all golfers—from weekend warriors to players with scratch handicaps—danger is never far at Rattle Run Golf Course. Pine forests are an ever-present threat, lurking just outside the primary cut of rough, beyond most of the greens, and in flashbacks triggered by pine-scented air fresheners. Meanwhile, 78 bunkers and several water hazards enter the picture on 15 of the 18 holes, ensnaring many golfers who play more aggressively than skill and conditions permit. On the other hand, those golfers who can keep their golf balls on the short grass likely find these rugged natural features to be picturesque, and choose to admire their beauty over drinks on the clubhouse's wrap-around balcony.
With a pair of 18-hole courses, Oak Ridge Golf Club presents golfers with very different golfing experiences. The Old Oaks Course is the older of the two, with features that classify it as a quintessential parkland course, including shallow bunkers, large greens, and a range of trees—ancient deciduous trees, towering pine trees, and trees that will hide golf balls to avenge all fallen three-woods. The younger Marsh Course actually draws its inspiration from the classic links style, the oldest mode of course architecture developed in Scotland. Here golfers contend with small, hard-to-read greens, deep pot bunkers, and almost no trees to contain errant shots.
The Marsh Course at a Glance
The Old Oaks Course at a Glance
C.J. Barrymore's encompasses 25 acres brimming with energetic laser tag, a vast arcade, and various other attractions for the young, young-at-heart, and young-at-spleen. With four laser-tag tickets, tyke clans ages 7 and up can simulate battle tactics through fog and pylons in 15-minute team-based matches that, much like court hearings, come enhanced by a roaring sound system and spectacular light shows (a $24 value). Meanwhile, joystick junkies can feed their 132 tokens to myriad arcade games in the neon-lit game room, including old-school favorites such as Ms. Pac-Man and the hands-on sportitude of basketball and air hockey (a $25 value). After all tokens have been spent, gamers can redeem their earnings at the prize counter, choosing from hundreds of rewards to take home, and become the envy of all the neighborhood playground pals and reclusive Peter Pans.
Hickory Hollow Golf Course has a storied history, as golfers have been squaring up tee shots on the dogleg-left first hole for more than 50 years. Players are drawn to the par 73's healthy mix of open expanses and tighter, tree-lined fairways, as well as the dramatic closing holes on both the front and back nines. The approaches on these finishing holes are remarkably similar: they incorporate a winding creek that fronts a green guarded by bunkers, setting up for a difficult-to-read putt that either incites a celebratory player pileup or leaves golfers further down the scorecard.
Staffed by experienced coaches and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display to get results. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
PGA pros Alex Macko and Alex "Breezy" Koskos propagate sound pin-hunting form from their post at Jawor's Golf Center, which fosters year-round practice with indoor and outdoor training areas. The duo can demystify the subtle mechanics of the golf swing at the center's 44-tee driving range, which features 14 covered, heated stalls that enable practice sessions during inclement weather. With clubs and apparel from brands such as Callaway, TaylorMade, and Titleist, the full-service pro shop offers equipment upgrades as well as repair services for club shafts snapped by players who mistakenly teed up a bocce ball. Two outdoor, 18-hole mini-golf courses buttress the facility, inviting players to work on their putting form as life-size cartoon characters break the tension after a missed gimme or a dispute about whether or not an abandoned shoe is an acceptable ball marker.