Featuring professional staff members, an impeccably maintained course, and true-rolling greens arranged according to the position of 18 miniature meteor craters, The Ridge offers a golf experience for clubbers both skilled and woefully handicapped. A full round of evasive holes ($25 weekdays, $27 weekends) tantalizes cleek caressers and promises more excitement than a ruptured appendix. A golf-cart rental ($15) and a medium bag of range balls ($5) are included in the package, as well as a caged self-loathing that, according to The Ridge’s policies, can be unleashed upon any golfer who putts an eagle.
Indian Creek Golf Course's layout snakes through the Hood River Valley between a network of sprawling orchards and wineries with panoramic views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams creating a dramatic backdrop. Water comes into play on 11 holes, including three creeks that bisect fairways to disrupt play and tempt players to take fairway naps to the melodic babbling of their playing partners. On the par 5 fourth hole, precision is paramount, as the dogleg right is entirely fortified by water to the right and the small, narrow green make short putts strenuous with hard-to-read-breaks.
Indian Creek Golf Course won an Environmental Excellence award from Audubon International for its efforts in areas of wildlife and habitat management, chemical-use reduction, and water-quality management. The course and its surrounding land act as a sanctuary to a variety of wildlife, including several species of caddies now endangered because rampant cart use. Course at a Glance:
The Scots developed golf to irk common loch pests, like merats, locharoaches, and Nessie, who to this day rarely surfaces for fear of being beamed in the head by a well-aimed ball. Brush up your monster-vexing skills with today's Groupon: for $17, you get one hour of golf simulation at Beyond Golf Sports and Spirits in La Vista, a $35 value. Visitors will be able to play through 18 virtual holes during the allotted hour of simulation time. You can bring your own clubs, or use the ones provided by Beyond Golf. One Groupon may be used for every golfer in your group during the visit.
At Beyond Golf Sports and Spirits, visitors can participate in virtual tests of skill and precision without repeatedly driving balls through glass windows or the living-room television. Boasting some of the world’s finest high-definition golf simulators, Beyond Golf offers participants an opportunity to play top courses from around the globe with their own clubs, a set of rentals, or battleaxes. High-resolution imagery is utilized instead of computer-generated graphics to provide a hyper-realistic golfing experience that accurately recreates drives to within one yard. Give courses such as Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, and Pinehurst No. 2 a swing, while riddling the cyber-fairways with virtual divots. Beyond Golf also offers drink specials, making the facility an excellent activity for get-togethers, birthday parties, and Civil War reenactment group meetings.
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A gauntlet of hazards and omnipresent water reveals a pernicious design sure to challenge any golfer who traverses the picturesque fairways of the Knolls Golf Course. Players enjoy favorable lies when they stay within the verdant framework of rolling bluegrass fairways, yet those who venture astray may find themselves deep inside one of the 46 bunkers or secret caddy caves carved into the course. Four lakes and a river further complicate matters on 11 of 18 holes, culminating in the challenge on holes seven and nine, where a pond intersects the two doglegged fairways at their bends. The back nine presents a more arboreal affair, as players must steer their shots around tree-lined fairways and hope a fellow golfer isn't practicing golf-cart aerials on one of the frequent hills.
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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. During your half or full hour swing session, 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. With the longer evaluation, you'll also earn a golf lesson with a PGA member, plus a recording of your lesson to be checked online anytime and a personal improvement game plan.