Boasting 56 hitting bays, a sand trap, and putting greens for both adults and children, Eagle Quest Golf Dome is a year-round, indoor haven of walk-spoilage where swingers of all experience levels can work on mastering their golfing mechanics. Each large-sized bucket brims with 70 balls that can be used for driving distances, strengthening short games, or as a functional accessory to plaid pants. Eagle Quest's indoor bunkers allow golfers to practice the art of masterfully digging their way out of sand traps and other dishonest terrain, regardless of depth, positioning, or snapping turtles. Once you have driven through the dome's well-manicured range, engage in some finer technique tuning by way of the on-site, Spargo Golf Pro Shop, or grab a round of grub and drinks at Henry's Bar & Grill.
At Mulligan's Island Golf & Entertainment, 60 covered hitting stalls look out onto 11 acres of target areas, a sprawling configuration that helped earn the facility a spot on Golf Range Magazine's 2011 list of top 100 ranges. Golfers can use the driving range's 20 heated stalls to practice during off-season months without worrying about cooler temperatures stiffening their swings, or they can invest in lessons that use digital teaching methods such as computerized swing analysis to lower handicaps. A USGA-rated course tests participants with nine holes of regulation-size golf, while an 18-hole pitch-and-putt short course and two mini-golf courses help golfers calibrate aspects of their short game. The practice mecca also tests swings at 10 batting cages that feed baseballs and softballs at adjustable speeds to suit both little leaguers and professionals fishing for compliments.
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 through a detailed, diagnostic gameplan.
In golf, the tee shot is the one constant, the one point on each hole in which the golfer is in total control. With Windmill Hill Golf Course’s nine-hole, par three layout, the tee shot takes on added significance, so players must take full advantage of their ability to position the ball freely, tee it up, or decorate it with glitter-glue before taking aim at the flagstick. The course’s holes range from 116 to 218 yards in length, so golfers need to unsheathe a number of different clubs throughout the round. In addition to its scaled-down course, Windmill Hill offers a grill room with a bar, TVs, and an outdoor deck that overlooks the links.
The course at Touisset Country Club covers a verdant patch of repurposed farmland that still bears many of its original, naturally occurring hazards. In 1959, the then-amateur designers, Raymond Brigham and Richard Weller, built the course by hand. In doing so, they chose to leave the existing boulders in place rather than using them as paperweights for to-scale U.S. maps. And today, more than half a century later, the course balances such rugged features with well-maintained, penncross grass greens.
Course at a Glance:
In 1967, William J. Cuddigan began tilling and transforming his farmland using natural grasses and wooded barriers, slowly building what has since grown into a family fun center replete with a miniature golf course, batting cages, and a 52-stall driving range. The Cuddigan family still tends to the landscape, honoring William's original design while updating the facility with modern amenities. Covered and heated hitting stalls line the driving range, enabling players to practice in a natural setting throughout the year. The 18-hole miniature golf course has also seen many renovations but, like a recurring dream, many of its original features—windmill, lighthouse, and sinister clown nose hole—have been faithfully preserved.