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.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole course * Total length of 6,149 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole
Instead of hypnotizing caddies or staging dangerous cart explosions that cause discreet ball nudging, golfers can improve their game with the shop's wide range of quality clubs. Check out a long-driving Beta Ti 460cc driver ($219), a harmoniously balanced 100% milled MS One putter ($129), or a durable set of Tour Combo irons with graphite ($549) or steel ($449) shafts. Additionally, visitors can test-swing their ball launchers to ensure each one has a smooth-running transmission that doesn’t leak oil all over putting greens.
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.
The doglegs and putting greens of Milt?s Golf Center's nine-hole executive course have been challenging Omaha golfers for more than 30 years. The family-owned business is run today by golf pro Mark Ordway, whose brother Mike designed the course and made the wise decision to not include lava pits. Instead, the fairways snake around a ball-snatching lake, as bunkers stand at the ready to tack extra strokes onto players? scorecards. Before hitting the links, golfers can warm up their woods and irons at the driving range, and those interested in professional guidance can schedule lessons.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par-27 course * Length of 1,170 yards * Course rating of 22.0 * Slope rating of 80
The winner of 14 professional titles, Skip Tredway is a former PGA tour member with 38 years of experience as a golf instructor. Tredway's Scoring School program causes scores to plummet by revealing tips to improve all phases of a golfer's short game, from pitching and chipping to digging friendlier hole sizes. In a 60-minute session, Skip can sharpen students' putting skills by reviewing gripping and balance techniques or improve their chipping by identifying hiccups in their swings. Diminish scores further by learning to escape bunkers using only a trained sparrow.
With 23 professional tournament victories and seven holes-in-one, Mike Stolarskyj uses his expertise to help golfers improve both their technique and their enjoyment of the game. The golf guru focuses on perfecting the fundamentals of grip, stance, and posture while instructing eager hole-seekers in the ways of proper mechanics. After honing the fine points of short-game practice, Stolarskyj shores up golfers’ basic motion techniques, improving their total motion and sending scores plummeting into the murky depths to frolic with submarines. The lesson includes range balls and clubs, as necessary, and a video preserves the day’s triumphs for posterity. Transfer it onto a lucky flash drive (provided by the student) at the end of the lesson, or opt to receive a copy through email.