Golf Manhattan's virtual-golf facility combines the experience of a day at the links with a wide variety of creature comforts and game-sharpening lessons. PGA tour simulators re-create more than 50 courses from the world over in immaculate detail, while clients swing provided clubs and practice golf-cart wheelies in cushy chairs. The launch monitor and simulator accurately plot the trajectory and physics of each shot onto digitized fairways, and track important statistics, such as ball-spin rate, launch angle, and how many virtual divots each player has to fill in. Lessons with Class-A PGA professionals, PGA apprentices, and teaching professionals correct slices and fades, and a 46-inch television in the golf lounge pipes in the latest news from PGA tours. An onsite locker area equipped with a jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room limbers swinging arms for important skins games.
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.
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.
The intermittent whooshes of practice swings and the piercing din of a well-struck drive soundtrack guests' visits to Airport Driving Range, where golfers can prepare for their next day at the links. The range boasts ample space for players to unsheathe their driver, as well as grass hitting areas for those who prefer a natural feel and artificial hitting mats for golfers with a debilitating fear of earthworms. Golfers can hone their swings under sunny skies or during inclement weather, as Airport Driving Range is open rain or shine and many of its hitting mats are protected from the elements by a yellow canopy.
At Clubhouse Fun Center, everything seems to be in motion. Go-karts zip and roar around an outdoor speedway, arcade games spit out streams of tickets, and dimpled balls roll over the greens of two 18-hole mini-golf courses. Visitors join in the commotion by hopping into single, double, or rookie go-karts to race each other or attempt to catch up with their own shadows on a track featuring a double-fly-over bridge. Nearby, the mini-golf courses lure putters with a sparkling cerulean waterfall, a giraffe stretching its neck high into the air, and the pink and purple towers of a lilliputian castle. Before hitting the arcade, guests can refuel with snacks or lunch at the Treehouse Cafe or the Sugar Shack, where they can plan out future birthday parties to take place in treasure-cove- or treehouse-themed rooms.
When she's not running a distressed-animal rescue operation, you'll find Karliin Brooks serving pressed juice and raw, vegan food from the counter of a juice bar or the window of a biodiesel-fueled food truck. The lifetime vegan founded The Squeeze as another search-and-rescue mission of sorts: to save New Yorkers from their own poor dietary habits and the environmental impurities that constantly bombard them. Brooks uses a Norwalk hydraulic juice press to convert unpasteurized produce?which is organic, non-GMO, never frozen, and local wherever possible?into sippable, superfood mixes that aid detoxification and weight-loss efforts. The Norwalk hydraulic juice press preserves live enzymes, minerals, and nutrients to help the body reset and kill cravings.
In addition to tasty, healthful juices, Brooks prepares a full menu of raw and organic breakfast foods, desserts, and savory dishes, including coconut truffles and "moc n' cheese" made with gluten-free pasta. She also promotes individual and planetary wellness via group or private food-prep classes, teaching people how to make "cheese" out of cashews.