The fourth annual Southern New England Golf Expo brings club swingers one step closer to the ever-elusive hole-in-one with live demos, seminars, and booths from more than 50 brands, businesses, and vendors. Visit the 10-bay indoor driving rage to test-swing equipment from the likes of Callaway, Nike Golf, and Taylor Made, or glean tips from seasoned professionals during the "Tune Up With A Pro" seminar, which teaches golfers when to let go of their clubs as they sail into water hazards. Expo-goers can also enter to win myriad golf prizes, and all visitors will receive either a one-year subscription to Golf Digest or a six-month subscription to Golf World. The Southern New England Golf Expo donates its proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of Providence, which was founded in 1868 to help fund character-building extracurricular programs for at-risk youth.
After a few rounds of spirited swinging, golfers can cluster around Pinecrest’s full bar to select from a bevy of beverages and discuss whether crocodiles could survive in Rhode Island waterways (costs not covered by today’s Groupon). As this nine-hole course plays fast, carts are not necessary and not included in today’s deal, though they are available for an extra fee.
Jimmy Bombard helps students develop consistent, sound swing mechanics through lessons at Wentworth Hills Country Club and Crystal Lake Golf Club. He's been a PGA professional for more than two decades—a span that's equipped him with a firm mastery of the game of golf. Jimmy's instruction instills a foundation of sustainable techniques, from teeing off with the driver to sinking putts with the putter and driving off in the golf cart with an opponent's golf bag.
From the climate-controlled confines of CJT Golf Shop’s indoor golf studio, four resident golf gurus impart swing-honing advice with the help of the latest in technological teaching aids. The shop’s instructional studio helps instructors break down client swings with a Doppler-radar launch monitor, slow-motion video analysis, and an urn containing the ashes of Arnold Palmer’s childhood mashie niblick. During lessons, club-toting trainees benefit from the shop’s full-length driving range, which they can pepper with practice balls from the comfort of its heated, covered hitting bays. Players in need of an equipment upgrade can pair a one-hour lesson with a custom club fitting. CJT boasts fitting-system software for all major golf-club manufacturers, helping patrons upgrade to an ergonomically designed set of wedges, irons, woods, and perfectly contoured bassoons. With the third option, patrons also receive a $30 discount on any new golf-equipment purchases, such as a new Adams IDEA A12 Hybrid ($169) or a Cleveland 588 Forged Wedge ($149).
GolfTEC has two convenient locations in Charlotte, both staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s PGA specialists point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you’ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.
As an aerial photographer, it makes sense for Jeff Codman to pilot a Robinson R44 Raven. The viper-red aircraft affords him unlimited freedom of movement, nearly 360-degree visibility, and the ability to hover and swoop like a hummingbird as he dips 100 feet above the earth to snap shots of sailboats, unusual toupees, and ocean-side mansions.
Now, with Bird's Eye View Helicopters’ tours, Mr. Codman grants guests the same breathtaking aerial views in the helicopter that he’s enjoyed for more than 20 years. The Fall Foliage tour transports guests over a patchwork quilt of red and orange foliage, and the Island Tour traces a route above Ocean Drive and historic lighthouses. Mr. Codman even lets amateur pilots take the reins during a 25-minute introductory flight.