In golf, reliving mistakes is sometimes a good thing. It can help a player find the faults in his or her swing, and then make the necessary adjustments in order to finally crack open a golf ball and retrieve the shiny pearl inside. That's exactly what the PGA-certified instructors at Fox Meadow Golf Center accomplish through their JC Video motion-analysis software. The system captures video of players and then breaks down every element of a swing—from the initial backswing to the moment of impact.
Of course, this video system would be useless without practice areas. The driving range's five target greens lie at distances between 50 and 205 yards. Balls launch from 60 tees, including 30 heated tees that stay open year round. A sand trap lies nearby, and a synthetic putting green helps bolster short games. These facilities are the setting for Fox Meadow Golf Center's instructional programs, including junior and adult camps that focus on everything from chipping to bunker play. Alternatively, an onsite 18-hole mini-golf course allows for more casual putting.
Horsham Family Golf takes up more than 16 acres of space where players of all ages can fine-tune their skills. Guests can practice putting at a gold-rush-themed 18-hole mini-golf course, aiming for holes in one while avoiding dips and obstacles. The facility also houses a driving range equipped with laser-precise distance markers and buckets of high-quality golf balls yearning to feel the wind in their dimples. 28 of the 50 golf stalls are private and remain lit for evening play, and a new practice bunker challenges golfers with a large sand trap. After practice, guests can visit the onsite pro shop, where they can stock up on golfing accessories or purchase a set of custom-fitted clubs.
An 18-hole pitch-and-putt course with 45- to 75-yard hole distances lets players zero in on their shots with short irons and wedges. Golfers of all ages can also roll putts across the 18-hole miniature golf course. Those looking to amp up their driving abilities may visit the on-site range and slip into one of 30 stalls with 25 tees and a grass area for slicing balls or cold cuts. Fall hours are 10 a.m. until dusk everyday weather permitting.
The new management team has made some sweeping, eye-catching changes at Big Swing Golf Center. The driving range, which includes 10 heated hitting bays and more than 150 stalls, boasts brand-new mats and balls. Here, PGA Professional Sean Driscoll uses the latest technology to maximize performance during onsite private and group lessons.
The renovated 36-hole mini-golf course has been carefully landscaped with lush foliage and natural-looking rock formations. Unlike other mini-golf courses that are overrun with cheesy decorations, such as pirate ships wrapped in streamers, Big Swing?s mini-golf course surrounds players with murmuring brooks and cascading waterfalls. It uses sloping greens and tricky obstacles to both entertain and challenge golfers. Big Swing is perfect for parties as it also offers three-speed batting cages and Richman's ice cream at Mulligan's Snack Stand.
Supreme Golf makes maintaining an oft-pricey golf addiction a bit easier on the wallet by granting golfers discounts at golf courses and golf schools, as well as cutting the price of books, golf clubs, and nutritional supplements. Golfers can enjoy relaxing, discounted rounds at area courses in cities across the country including such area courses as Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas, Gateway National Golf Links in St. Louis and St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in Atlanta, soaking in the sights and badgering local pros for analysis of the annual caddie draft.
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Pro Tip: Make sure you remember your socks. If you have a big group, call ahead to see how busy it is. Enjoy.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fun Zone for kids,
Laser Tag for teens
Boomers Family Fun Center offers entertainment to visitors of any age. It's a line that a lot of family-friendly entertainment places use, but Boomers' staff truly tailors activities to entertain different sensibilities. For kids, they provide more than 8,000 square feet of slides, tubes, tunnels, and climbable play sets, comprised of soft, inflated bits. They pair this Fun Zone with an arcade full of ticket-yielding games and prizes to be had if you earn enough tickets or impersonate an official prize inspector. Meanwhile, the 3,200 square foot, multi-level laser tag arena provides competitive play tailored to teens. Adults, of course, can enjoy either form of activity with their kids or friends, or make use of the mini golf course and riving range, weather permitting.