The mirth-mages at The Sports Place blend mini golf, batting cages, basketball courts, inflatable playgrounds, and frozen treats into an eldritch brew of family-friendly fun. The GloPutt mini-golf course comes packed with motorized obstacles designed to light up the faces and giggleplexes of any child. Tiny Ted Williamses can test their mettle in one of 17 hardball and softball batting cages, while dribbling kings can preside over two full basketball courts. With no limit on the number of players, the entire family can partake in games of P.I.G., H.O.R.S.E., or B.L.U.E.-F.O.O.T.E.D. B.O.O.B.Y. Meanwhile, the inflatable playground, open Tuesday through Sunday, provides amateur acrobats with space to flip and tumble, dive down mega-slides, and scale slumbering dragons.
Certified as a Class A instructor by the PGA, Jonathan Margolies unloads golf wisdom accrued through his extensive experience during private lessons conducted at the course of Cypress Creek Country Club. Armed with a well-rounded skill set, Jonathan can adeptly address all aspects of the game, helping golfers cure slice-prone swings, gain confidence in their short game, or learn which club is most effective as a backscratcher. In addition to his PGA recognition, Jonathan also bears certification from the Titleist Performance Institute, which affirms his in-depth understanding of golf-specific physical training. Players looking for an equipment upgrade can even consult Jonathan for advice on clubs: his experience as a Master club fitter makes him particularly astute in the subtle science of pairing people with bars of metal.
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.
Five Towns Mini Golf, Batting Range & Wild West Target Paintball offers a lively outdoor haunt where patrons contend with themselves and the laws of physics in a trinity of sphere-based recreation. A labyrinth of brick-ensconced emerald corridors puts putting proficiency to the test in each 18-hole round of mini golf, where steady strokes prevail against shaky hands. Bold contours form breaks more difficult to read than a fossilized Dostoevsky anthology. Each guest also receives five batting-cage tokens, good for 50 hardball or 80 wiffle-ball pitches taken within Five Towns' circular batting range. Automatic pitchers fire baseball facsimiles at four different speeds, topping out at 80 miles per hour, and softball swingers can knock spheroids served up in three varieties of arced pitches or a blazing fast-pitch setting. Two-dimensional denizens of frontier lore populate the Wild West Target Paintball shooting area, where sharpshooters outdraw bandana-faced outlaws and paintballs add chromatic décor to the façades of a central saloon, jailhouse, and Buffalo Bill's freshly buffed fingernails.
With a 39-stall driving range, a miniature-golf circuit, and a nine-hole par 3 course, Mt. Freedom Golf helps golfers fine-tune every aspect of their game. That par 3 layout features several holes that span at least 100 yards from the tee to the bentgrass greens, showcasing a verdant expanse for players to work their short irons. Players bogey-proof swings at the driving range, where natural-grass hitting areas cater to those who favor a natural feel and provoke artificial mats to crow about how photosynthesis is overrated.
After grappling the yips at the safari-themed mini-golf course, players can seek out putter advice from one three ace instructors. Mt. Freedom Golf also offers a nine-hole Frisbee-golf course that favors those with disc-hurling prowess or enough money to hire a pizza chef as a caddy.
The motto at Greenhouse Golf is "Golf 4 to 84," a reference to the 80-year age range that the indoor facility is designed to appeal to. Though it may seem like a bold business model, it's not hard to imagine multiple generations gathering in the sparkling new facility to enjoy multiple forms of golf. Golfers of all ages can perfect their swings in 10 golf simulators, each showcasing more than 50 digital courses, half of which are hole-by-hole recreations of famous links from across the world. Little clubbers can acquaint themselves with the art of putting and Bavarian yodeling in the alpine-themed, indoor miniature-golf course with rocky outcrops and faux fir trees.
The center maintains its broad appeal while still offering individual services: experienced instructors offer private lessons as well as clinics tailored to all age and ability levels. Greenhouse Golf's loft—a separate section with a kitchenette, seating for up to 120 people, and three 9'x17' screens that can access the Internet—boasts all of the amenities needed for a successful corporate meeting or a party honoring a recently retired golf cart.