As part of the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, located at the historic Chelsea Piers, the Golf Club perches over the same port that once welcomed ships into New York City. Now, golfers tee up in the driving range's 52 heated and weather-protected stalls, which overlook the glinting waters of the Hudson River. Automatic tee-up systems position balls for launch across the 200-yard, net-enclosed fairway. A putting green allows patrons to improve their short game, and two Full Swing simulators encourage them to take hacks in virtual environs, transporting them to famous courses across the country or fifth-grade birthday parties where they missed the pi?ata.
Children and adults alike can enlist in Golf Club at Chelsea Piers? classes, which stratify students by experience level. The 12-member coaching staff includes PGA and LPGA professionals, and sessions take place in a 2,000-square-foot teaching facility.
Brooklyn Golf Center invites players to swing at a buffet of practice areas, a newly renovated 18-hole executive course, or an 18-hole mini-golf course. The center?s driving range boasts 75 stalls, 25 of which are covered and heated, keeping the sun from burning fair-complected golf balls. After working on their long game, players can move to the putting green or chipping area to warm up before hitting the 18-hole executive course or putting through the mini-golf course. Those seeking educational guidance can take lessons with PGA Director of Golf Anthony Rodriquez or Joel Garyn, who harnesses more than 35 years of competitive golf experience. Before visiting the links, players can drop into a 900-square-foot pro shop stocked with gear from brands such as Mizuno, Nike, and Wilson. The center?s golf experts can match players with clubs from these brands during custom club fittings that determine ideal pairings. In addition to serving its own customers, Brooklyn Golf Center also supports community efforts as part of The First Tee program, which brings golf to young people who would never otherwise get the chance to grip a club.
The regulars at Doral Golf Club refer to their 9-hole, par 35 course as the Little Blue Monster, a reference to the famous Miami course that has hosted PGA Tour events since the early 1960s. The lofty comparison has plenty of credibility?both courses were designed by Robert von Hagge, and the original Blue Monster's pint-sized spinoff offers a taste of the same bunkering and waterways that set apart its namesake. The acclaimed course features three fearsome par-threes, each defined by forced-carry water hazards that will put golfers' courage to the test more than a golf cart stuck in reverse. Waterways look to consume errant shots on all but two holes, making precise play a critical component to success.
Though the Doral Golf Club is formidable, the facility offers the resources golfers need to prepare for its manifold challenges. Led by a golfing guru whose advice has been sought by the likes of Greg Norman and Nick Faldo, the Mitchell Spearman Golf Academy grooms games with individual and group instruction, computer swing analysis, on-course lessons, and junior golf programs. Golfers can also work on their form independently at a practice facility that includes a driving range, practice bunker, and putting green.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par-35 course designed by Robert von Hagge * Length of 3,200 yards from the tips * Five tee options
Since its establishment in 1985, Exude Fitness has been chronicled by a wealth of television shows including Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, The Today Show, World News Tonight, and Entertainment Tonight, and has been featured in a myriad of publications, including the New York Times, Vogue, and Allure.
Using solution-based fitness methods?and a patented method of exercising based on body types? Exude helps clients achieve their fitness, health, and aesthetic goals. The staff helps clients change their body by troubleshooting problem areas and creating an optimal exercise blueprint for each individual and their unique body type. Experienced fitness consultants work with clients of all ages, and can tailor a program based on each client's lifestyle, current fitness level, and medical or orthopedic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Encouraging clients to exercise in the environment they feel most comfortable in reaching their goals, Exude's staff can also come to any home, work place, or gym in the tri-state region to help clients perform each of its exercise programs utilizing minimal equipment and space.
Golf swings, like most stories, have good points, bad points, and are all too often riddled with holes. At Advanced Lesson Academy, renowned instructor Charles Lightfoot reads between the lines to improve skills, and ultimately, fill in those holes.
Since 1995, students young and old have come to the facility in search of a more consistent, repeatable swing. Initial consultations identify areas in swings that lack sound fundamentals. Following that, students can move forward by joining junior and adult programs, including the "Power Hitter" program that aims to improve driving distance, control, accuracy, and slugging percentage.
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.