Open year-round, the course at Juniata Golf Club sprawls over 106 naturally hilly acres and challenges players with tricky lies and imposing hazards that complicate its relatively short length. Frankford Creek winds into play on six holes of the Edmund B. Ault design, ensnaring worm burners in a reedy morass. The par-4 sixth hole exemplifies the difficulty of the course as a whole, measuring just 360 yards in length but forcing shots to climb entirely uphill from tee to shallow green like a marathon-running pack mule.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-66 course
Total length of 5,275 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 64.8 from the back tees
Course slope of 109 from the back tees
Three sets of tees per hole
Designed by Mark Ormison in 1897, the fairways of Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park sprawl over 51 acres and invite linksmen to frolic among foliage that has been flourishing for more than a century, while also gazing out on metropolitan views. Players find themselves challenged right from the get-go with a second hole that is also the toughest, but can strive for birdies at holes 8 and 17 to recover. At the 11th hole, golfers encounter a quirky rectangular green, whose geometric origins are likely found in a house having occupied the space long ago. The course is managed by the local charity The First Tee Pittsburgh, which strives to encourage good character, values, and healthy life choices in children through the game of golf, and proceeds from the course benefit its programs.
Before hitting the course, players can hone their form at the course’s driving range in good weather, take lessons with a Class A PGA professional, or strengthen their swings at the Full Swing simulator, which tracks ball flight, speed, and distance in real time. The simulator offers high-definition projections of more than 35 notable courses, including Pebble Beach, Oakmont Country Club, Pinehurst Country Club, and Harbour Town Golf Links, and lets golfers sharpen their swings in the dead of winter without fear of losing a limb to frostbite or abominable ground squirrels.
Course at a Glance:
Golf Evolution strives to transform butterfingered putt pendulators into stroke-savvy sultans through a geometry-based teaching technique that has the golfer shift their weight forward to help them push and draw the ball. The skilled instructor bestows zen-like tips upon students, such as approaching the ball from the inside and making sure the club strikes ground in the proper place, preventing unwanted geysers of boiling magma. Games are technologically improved with a high-speed video swing analysis from ultramodern Analyzr software.
The 18-hole course at Chapel Hill guides golfers along lush fairways framed by dense tree lines and confronted by water on 11 holes. Six holes—beginning with No. 1—demand precise course-management skills when navigating shots around the stream that cuts through their fairways, demanding that players lay up, muscle their shots over, or swap their golf ball out for a beach ball. Laid end-to-end, the course measures 6,089 yards from the blue tees, the farthest of four available for play on each hole.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,089 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole
If Magellan ever designed a miniature golf complex, it might have resembled Water's Edge Mini Golf. The 36-hole course draws a tidal wive of inspiration from the romance of nautical exploration, with streams, waterfalls, and ponds gushing and glistening at every turn. A lighthouse stands sentry over the grounds, looking over seafaring motifs?including a beached skiff?and flowerbeds bursting with pastel blossoms. Games buzz inside an arcade area with concessions, where guests can cool off or compose Melville impersonations in ketchup.
PGA-certified instructor Michael Lanzetta imparts golf wisdom from the expansive practice facilities at Mansfield Golf and Learning Center, which he has owned and operated since 1997. The passionate pedagogue sleeps on a bed of neatly mown bentgrass to maintain the pin-hunting skills that led him to victory in more than 100 competitive tournaments, including the New Jersey Head Professional Championship. A simple teaching philosophy of improving clients? ball-striking fundamentals is the driving force of every lesson, during which pupils crush orbs from a 36-stall, 14-acre driving range, which features covered, enclosed stalls to offset meteorological uncertainties. Lessons may also include the use of video analysis, which plays back shots in slow motion and introduces players to a digital doppelg?nger soon to be their inferior. Mansfield Golf also showcases a pro shop that carries golf equipment from top brands and offers club fitting, repair, and regripping services.