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.
Golf balls trace high arcs over the driving range or roll toward mini-golf holes at Hanover Sports Park, where guests hone power and finesse as they work on their game. Waterfalls cascade into tiny ponds on the edges of the mini-golf course, where twisting greens provide a venue for families and friends to haggle over who gets to hold the scorecard. Sixty-three artificial hitting mats line the subtly curved, two-tiered driving range, which includes 28 heated and covered hitting areas and seven natural-grass tees.
The chime of sharp line drives resonates from the center's seven batting cages, where hitters swat at everything from high-arching softballs to baseballs zipped at up to 80 miles per hour. Hanover Sports Park's staff helps guests manage their activities and special events by creating group and party packages for birthdays and corporate gatherings.
At Rockwood Golf Park, groups seeking family-friendly fun are met with a driving range, batting cages, and a miniature golf course. They can putt past nefarious ponds and stroll over bridges during mini golf, with all-day access. Or they can retreat to the batting cages, where the pitching machines accommodate all with variable speeds. Or they can practice their drives on the range, hitting balls from one of 25 covered and heated stations.
Bobby Lopez's passion for the game of golf was fostered by the expert tutelage of world-class players such as Bob Toski, Henry Cotton, and "Wild" Bill Melhorn. As a "Class A" member of the PGA, Bobby brings years of experience to his teaching game, a distinctive approach to instruction, and the ability to leap wide sand traps in a single bound. Bobby works with each golfer's mechanics and techniques, rather than against them, during drills he designed himself to help pupils cut strokes and time from their game. When not developing students' drives, short games, and club choices, Bobby hosts "The Bobby Lopez Golf Hour" on Fox Sports 1340 AM, and also takes time to support the USO.
Anchored by an 18-hole championship golf course, The First Tee of Chesterfield entices golfers with a multifaceted landscape for pressure-free practice and on-course play. A trio of PGA Class A professionals roams throughout The First Tee's driving range, putting green, and three-hole practice course, marinating swings in the zesty sauce of golf wisdom, consulting with clients about equipment upgrades, and fitting clubs at the fully stocked pro shop. Clubbers can put new concepts and lethargic nine-irons to work at the course, where fairways bob and weave between dense tree lines and treacherous bunkers made from recycled corn bread.
Patterson Golf and Sports Park provides guests with ample opportunity to work on their game while gaming against their friends. The fully lit driving range features more than 25 matted tee stations, 10 target areas for chipping and driving, and obliging range balls available by the bucket ($9.50) or bucket-based four-pack ($29). The 19-hole mini-golf course ($5.50 per player per round) houses a traditional litany of disgruntled bumpers, plasticized animals, and strategically placed holes that drive putters wild. Conversely, for those who want to swing horizontally, Patterson's batting cages allow sluggers to swing at realistic targets dispersed throughout an open field. Pitches zing past the plate at speeds varying from 35 to 55 mph. Dispensing at significantly slower speeds, the facility's tokens ($3 each) grant batters 25 gloriously hurled orbs.