Since 1978, families have flocked to Five Towns Mini Golf & Batting Range for a day filled with raucous fun. On the mini-golf course, they traipse through well-manicured greenery, wielding putters as they strive for holes-in-one. A circular batting range offers 10 different cages including machines that chuck softballs and baseballs at varying speeds, with a special wiffle-ball cage dedicated to little ones and people made of glass. Armed with paintball markers, players take aim at black-hatted villains in the Wild West–themed arena, then further train their eyes and hands in the arcade.
Certified as a Class A instructor by the PGA, Jonathan Margolies unloads golf wisdom accrued through his extensive experience during private lessons conducted at the course of Cypress Creek Country Club. Armed with a well-rounded skill set, Jonathan can adeptly address all aspects of the game, helping golfers cure slice-prone swings, gain confidence in their short game, or learn which club is most effective as a backscratcher. In addition to his PGA recognition, Jonathan also bears certification from the Titleist Performance Institute, which affirms his in-depth understanding of golf-specific physical training. Players looking for an equipment upgrade can even consult Jonathan for advice on clubs: his experience as a Master club fitter makes him particularly astute in the subtle science of pairing people with bars of metal.
Picture, for a moment, unleashing the perfect tee shot at Pebble Beach, or sinking an impossible birdie putt at St. Andrews?but never stepping foot outside Nassau County. At Pinnacle Indoor Golf Center, you can play rounds at more than 50 championship courses loaded into the facility's full-swing simulators. These simulators feature infrared ball tracking systems, which gauge every shot's speed, launch angle, and real-time ball flight. The simulators even feature digital driving ranges and practice holes, meaning you can warm-up properly instead of rubbing two of your clubs together to make a fire.
On each of the 18 holes at Jacob Riis Park Golf Course, players have three chances to pitch and putt their way to par. Splayed over the 26,000-acre Gateway National Park, holes are kept short—150 yards and less—so as to make accuracy the prime concern, as opposed to driver distance or leaping like Michael Jordan some 400 yards and dunking the golf ball. Since the course's establishment in 1935, this attribute as well as the wide-open format and generous bent-grass greens have made it an ideal place for beginners and rust-banishing veterans to hone short game skills.
Seven days a week, crowds gather at Batter up & Bethpage Mini Golf to sink winding putts and take mighty cuts, thanks to a 18-hole mini-golf course and a row of baseball and softball batting cages. The cages are open for solo swingers, but whole teams are also welcome to reserve several pitching machines at once to practice syncing their swings for the seventh-inning stretch's big dance number. Team training is also available through the Batter Up Academy, which seeks to kick-start diamond dynasties via lessons in hitting, pitching, and catching. Next to the cages, a mini-golf course winds along a verdant landscape decorated with shrubs and flowers.