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 to get results. 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.
Under the guidance of PGA-certified professional Ed Vietmeier, golfers gain control of delinquent swings in one-hour sessions conducted at Vietmeier Golf Center's expansive driving range. Throughout the lesson, club-toting trainees launch TaylorMade practice balls into the stratosphere from the center's synthetic hitting mats while Ed pinpoints bad habits, tightens up poor techniques, and digresses into tangents about his childhood mashie niblick. A video camera captures all the action, providing players with a visual aid to understanding the technical underpinnings that result in unsightly snap hooks or slices, while also helping them better comprehend Ed's corrective advice. Aside from being a sound practice venue, the center's range runs along the highest point in McKees Rocks, affording a breathtaking view of the city of Pittsburgh, which is reachable in two swings for those with the latest set of gravity-resistant golf balls.
Located 10 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh, Highland Country Club's 18 holes total 6,084 yards from the longest tees. The tree-lined course's narrow fairways and plentiful hazards challenge golfers' accuracy and iron play throughout the game. A gauntlet of difficult holes populates the par 70 links, such as the par 5 fifth, which rises 84 feet from tee to pin, sports a green that slopes sharply from back to front, and is lined with trees that blow their noses loudly during players' backswings. Drives arc downhill on the par 4 10th hole, where the temptation to pummel the ball is curbed by a fairway pitching sharply to the left, and verdant journeys end on the deceptive par 3 18th, whose sloping green whisks over-struck putts well past the hole and the celebratory slice of pie hidden inside.
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.
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