The accommodating staff at Island Surf Shop and Kayaks rents out a large selection of beach buggies, skillfully coupling wayward beachcombers with a coast-exploring vehicle. Hop into your sand-flecked buggie to discover the dune-hugged beaches of Port Aransas, a town on the northern tip of Mustang Island, replete with brightly hued beach houses, trilling seabirds, and coin-operated sandcastle-building machines. Each one-hour rental outfits sandfaring customers in a shaded, four-seater golf cart fitted with oversized beach-ready tires. Rentals are subject to weather conditions, so plan your adventure on a day with a low chance of raindrops or gumdrops hailstorms.
The Golf Shop, an 18-year veteran of the Texas golf scene, sells and services golf gear and specializes in tailoring irons to its patrons’ swings. The process hinges on an in-house expert with more than two decades’ experience, who analyzes golfers’ styles before customizing the stiffness of a brand-name shaft selected specifically for them, from makers such as UST and Lamkin. When finished clubs arrive, the shop’s coach can help patrons convert their new irons into improved scores or makeshift shovels for burying spare house keys.
Alternatively, technicians can rehabilitate the clubs customers already own with re-shafting, re-gripping, and complete rebuilding services, all of which take three days at most to complete. After a run through the shop’s stock of new and lightly used gear, patrons can replace any obsolete gear, or pick up accessories such as tees, balls, and golf bags ideal for storing secret turf clod collections. :m]]
Owner and golf guru Matt Christian brings countless golf, fitness, and club-fitting certifications to Elite Golf Performance, where private lessons pair with video analysis to shave strokes from scorecards. Elite’s expert instructors help students develop simple, routine-based exercises focusing on coordination and consistency, following an Elite Golf Performance mode of instruction espoused by PGA Tour winners and US Open champions. The center also boasts a repertoire of technological teaching aids, allowing players to dissect their technique with video swing analysis.
Funtrackers summons fun-seekers with a mother lode of scintillating attractions for guests of all ages. Drivers in tiny cars vanquish fellow racers with expert passing maneuvers and cloying drive-time radio jams across four different go-kart tracks, which range from a kiddie track built for drivers 3 aged and older to a pro track reserved for motorists with a valid driver’s license or permit. Floating in a 3-foot-deep pool, guests can douse each other with water from a squirt-gun turret built in to bumper boats, engaging comrades in a friendly rivalry to be continued at the 18-hole, tropical-themed miniature-golf course. Inside, buzzing sounds and whirring lights emanate from more than 50 arcade games, including skee-ball and air hockey, many of which reward success with tickets that can be redeemed for an assortment of fun prizes.
On fall nights, Play Extreme Sports & Store's staff transport people a half-mile deep into the woods of a 30-acre outdoor entertainment arena and dare them to escape on a trail haunted by live actors. Twelve to 15 victims climb aboard a 2.5-ton military truck for a seemingly inconspicuous ride along the haunted trail each evening between 7:30 p.m. and midnight. At the epicenter of the paranormal playground, the truck mysteriously shuts down, abandoning riders, who must test internal compasses to find their way out. Explorers creep past trees dappled with severed heads while trying not to awaken sleeping pieces of possessed farm equipment. Costumed inhabitants draped in their finest layers of pond scum and spanish moss emerge from the shadows to cordially frighten wanderers frantically scouring the area in an attempt to find the exit. Face irrational inner fears by confronting scary props, spooky audio effects, and shadows that eerily mimic every move of the people they follow.
Galaxy's somewhat predictably-themed, glow-in the-dark mini golf course beckons gamers of all ages and skill levels. Take on iridescent aliens, blazing rocket ships, and lazy, ball-blocking space stations for 18 holes of indoor fun. The glowing outer space hazards and moving obstacles make for challenging courses presenting dangers to wayward golf balls and wandering dark matter. Each ticket gets two avid gamers two full 18-hole rounds on the black-lit course, with the last hole awarding a prize to anyone making a hole-in-one. Mini-golfers with miniature mini-golfers can take advantage of children's tickets ($4) for a family fun night, day, or indeterminably-blacklit timeperiod.