Trees sway with the breeze alongside the fairways at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. A fierce wind whips off the Pacific Ocean, knocking drives off-course at Pebble Beach's famous 18th hole. At Golf Anytime, formerly known as Global Indoor Golf, players take on the signature challenges of 66 international golf courses without leaving the comfort of their hitting bay. Instead, they queue up the course of their choice on the bay's control monitor and watch as the terrain takes shape on a 14-foot screen, with the slopes, swale, and likelihood for seismic activity accurately recreated via advanced computer technology. Using their own clubs or the center's complimentary set of TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 drivers and fairway woods and the RocketBladez Irons, players hit golf balls off an artificial turf mat into the screen, where two 360-degree curtains of infrared light-wave technology capture the golf ball's flight information and spit back instant feedback on the shot's flight data. The entire experience—from choosing a dream course, to sipping on between-shot beers in the lounge-like setting, to screaming “fore” in binary code—does away with the hassles commonly associated with real golf, such as uncooperative weather, hefty greens fees, and difficulty attaining a tee time. Guests may also sate post-swing appetites via a full menu of food, snacks, and brews.
Recognized as the Utah State Amateur Champion in 2003 and the Salt Lake City Amateur Champion in 2008, teaching professional, Tommy Sharp brings a high degree of renown and teaching capability to his role as a golf instructor at Golf Lab. Sharp's primary focus as an instructor is to help players improve, whether the student is picking up clubs for the first time, pursuing success on a professional circuit, or hoping to unobtrusively observe caddies in their natural habitat.
The indoor and outdoor facility is equipped with modern swing-analysis technology such as high-speed cameras and three-dimensional launch monitors that allow players to see their swings alongside those of professionals. Instruction focuses on the most important facets of the game: the full swing, putting and the short game, physical fitness, and club fitting.
River Oaks Golf Course was carved from the pond-spotted wetlands that surround the Jordan River to form 18 holes of scenic golf. Golfers prime their swings at the course’s 40-stall driving range to prepare for the round, which begins with three consecutive holes featuring prominent water hazards that still hold a grudge against the sun for ending their glacial childhood. Snow-capped mountains peek above tree lines, enhancing the landscape as golfers play the course. Those in need of an equipment upgrade can browse a vast selection of new clubs, clothes, and accessories at the pro shop, where large observation windows let guests soak in views of the course, stare into the glassy waters of the river, or keep tabs on factions of rebellious golf carts.
Utah native George Schneiter Sr. left behind a golf career that places him among the best players to emerge from the state. A three-time winner of the Utah Open, George achieved many impressive feats; he set the course record at Ben Hogan's home course in Fort Worth, Texas, and once defeated Sam Snead in ping-pong and the PGA Championship. Today, his legacy lives on at Pebblebrook Golf Course, a landscape of spectacular course play established by George's family—his son George and two grandsons are all PGA professionals—in 1978.
Framed by snow-capped mountains, Pebblebrook's 18-hole course showcases a layout of elevated tees and greens connected by fairways lined with mature arbors. Narrow landing zones encourage golfers, like agoraphobic celebrities, to keep their driver at bay. The course also boasts a lighted driving range, where players can warm up their swings before a round or practice shots deep into the night.
Mulligans Golf and Games entices golfers to grab their clubs and pole-vault into the universe of gentlemanly sportsmanship across two nine-hole golf courses. Golfers can steadily slice their way through The Meadow's nine par-3 holes, or line up their swings to conquer on The Ridge's tricky combination of par-3, par-4, and par-5 holes. Both courses present unique challenges for players of all skill levels, tucking water hazards into verdant greens and commissioning tennis players to play defense. Those who prefer putters can traverse the bubbling lagoons of two immaculately landscaped mini golf courses.
Mulligan Golf and Games' driving range, open day and night, unfurls 33 covered hitting areas so golfers can practice their strokes and acquire the accuracy to peg their neighbors' rooftop satellite dishes. During golf lessons, Jeff Wathen and other PGA golf professionals analyze swings and approaches using years of experience as well as the latest in video and computer teaching aids. Baseball and softball players can also club white orbs into the sky from eight slow- and fast-pitch batting cages.
The rye-grass fairways at Eagle Lake Golf Course twine around three ponds and a smattering of bunkers. As nine-hole rounds commence, golfers face a long, wide fairway that encourages long drives, and the fifth hole’s dogleg left calls for expertly dispatched curve balls. The course’s driving range boasts 20 covered stalls, lighted from April through October; 8 of them are heated for hatching golf balls into chicks during the winter. A putting green, chipping green, and 60-yard pitching green round out the practice area, and guests can also take advantage of professional guidance in lessons.
Eagle Lake Golf Course also offers mining-themed miniature golf for the entertainment of smaller-scale gamers. The course's 18 holes of putt-putt wend past diminutive waterfalls and around three mountains, including a 12-foot peak with mine shafts and mining carts.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 36 course * Length of 3,162 yards from the farthest set of tees * Course rating of 35.3 from the farthest set of tees * Slope rating of 112 from the farthest set of tees * Four tee options