Reflecting the diverse scope and scale of science itself, the exhibits at the New York Hall of Science range from massive NASA rockets to holographic depictions of the infinitesimal atom. Originally built for the 1964 World's Fair to showcase technological advancements, the center has since transformed into an interactive museum and leading innovator in exhibit technology and educational programming that, since 1986, has seen more than 7 million visitors. Today, more than 450 interactive exhibits, along with 3D movies and live daily demonstrations, invite visitors of all ages to explore the world by watching living microbes thrive and evolve in a miniscule zoo, discovering the powerful mathematics hidden in everyday objects, and testing their understanding of physics and Plutonian trash talk in the science playground, along with the mini-golf course inspired by the cosmos. The youngest visitors can also enjoy a developmentally-appropriate science education of their own in Preschool Place.
Turtle Cove Golf Center sprinkles summer with the pixie dust of outdoor activities ranging from miniature golf to smacking fastballs in batting cages. A course with 18 mini-golf greens peppered between bright flowers and rippling water lures putters, and the 55 hitting stations at the center's 450-yard grass driving range beckon players looking to vent aggression through full-force swings or whispered threats to their tees. After bagging their clubs, guests can swing into batting cages to whack baseballs and softballs or relax at the Turtle Cove Café and munch on a hamburger.
In addition to practice facilities, Turtle Cove offers professional guidance on the art of the swing during lessons. PGA professionals employ high-speed digital-video analysis to break down each pupil’s form and technique as they drive, chip, and drop-kick golf balls into the hole.
A Class-A PGA professional with more than 25 years of experience, Rick Nielsen applies his time-earned expertise to help golfers shave strokes during lessons at Randalls Island Golf Center, where he's been the head pro since 1998. Rick employs the latest technologies to aid in instruction, including The Golfing Machine system⎯which takes a geometric approach to swing mechanics⎯as well as digital-video analysis and FlightScope 3-D doppler radar launch monitor. These sensitive instruments measure each shot on a number of parameters, from club-head speed and launch angle to total distance and nougat ratio of the ball’s core. Meanwhile, Rick observes and isolates specific areas in need of improvement so that players can develop muscle memory and consistently repeat a successful swing motion. Ultimately, with Rick's pointers, players leave lessons equipped with the tools to reach their full potential on the course without temptation to modify their 9-iron into a bedazzled baton.
Certified as a Class A instructor by the PGA, Jonathan Margolies unloads golf wisdom accrued through his extensive experience during private lessons conducted at the course of Cypress Creek Country Club. Armed with a well-rounded skill set, Jonathan can adeptly address all aspects of the game, helping golfers cure slice-prone swings, gain confidence in their short game, or learn which club is most effective as a backscratcher. In addition to his PGA recognition, Jonathan also bears certification from the Titleist Performance Institute, which affirms his in-depth understanding of golf-specific physical training. Players looking for an equipment upgrade can even consult Jonathan for advice on clubs: his experience as a Master club fitter makes him particularly astute in the subtle science of pairing people with bars of metal.
Established more than a decade ago in the UK, The Gawf Club sailed over the pond and onto American fairways in order to accommodate US golfers of all ages and abilities. From its home base in New York, the company improves games in a number of ways, including through private and group lessons led by PGA members James Field, John Connelly, and Robert Craigmyle Jr.
But golfers can turn to The Gawf Club for more than just instruction. The company also plans golf-related trips, as well as group clinics and corporate outings. For equipment issues, players can utilize The Gawf Club's modification and repair services, meaning they won't have to throw their nine-iron in the dryer in the hopes that it will shrink a bit.