Established inside St. Louis Union Station in 2004, Galactic Glow Putt provides an interstellar arena for friendly and familial mini-golf competition. The sci-fi themed course is strewn with the trappings of space travel, including astral artwork, UV light, and Buzz Aldrin's memory-foam neck pillow. Ricochet angle shots under the glowing night sky, or play through a wire-strewn molecular teleporter, which miraculously and imperceptibly transports those who travel through it three inches to the left. The course opens its gates to Earthlings from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday–Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
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.
With the Gateway Arch towering in the background, Gateway National Golf Links tests players with 18 holes of rolling links and lush green pastures. Tall grasses, lakes, and soaring cottonwoods fill in the rest of the landscape, with stone bridges and raised boardwalks leading the way from one hole to the next. Several of the holes offer views of downtown St. Louis, including on hole three, where golfers can see the skyline and the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge in the distance. Before taking on the challenges of the course, visitors can get some practice swings in at Gateway National's various practice facilities, highlighted by a spacious putting green and a driving range.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par-71 course * Total length of 7,178 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 75.0 from the back tees * Slope of 138 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * Click here to view the scorecard
Normandie Golf Club was built in 1901 according to the St. Andrews style, lending it a historic feel with unique routing and challenging, classic play. The par-71 course stretches across a bit more than 6,500 yards of hill-to-valley patterns. Elevated tees and greens on holes 7, 8, and 9 typify the Foulis layout, especially the par-5 right dogleg on hole 7 and the par-56 hedge maze on hole 13. Pinpoint accuracy is demanded by hole 12’s short downhill par 3, while the two-tiered green on the tame-looking 14th hole has deceived pro golfing legends such as Babe Didrikson and just plain legends such as Babe Ruth and Dizzy Dean, who both insisted on using bats instead of clubs. Unlike them, however, golfers can avoid distractions by zooming between holes on one of the course’s carts, and warm up on the driving range with a bucket of balls.
With five buckets containing about 110 balls each, you’ll get 550 chances to practice your swing. All ProAm Golf South Driving Range’s balls are new, as are the mats, grass tees, sand bunkers, and year-round putting green—in summer 2010, the range got a complete facelift, updating its pro shop, facilities, and everything else to further facilitate improving players’ long games. Tree-lined targets make the range seem like a real fairway or place to find a real leprechaun, and ProAm’s sheltered, heated tees let people hit the range year-round. ProAm’s friendly staff can answer any golf query, be it “How many dimples does a golf ball have?” or “Does my golf bag smell like cheddar cheese?” as well as provide video teaching. A constant stream of golf claps from the Golf Channel invite you to relax in ProAm’s comfortable players' lounge.
Since 1931, golfers have been hacking out divots and splashing golf balls into water at architect Robert Foulis's St. Louis masterwork, Ruth Park Golf Course. That, of course, was always the esteemed Scotsman's plan, though he may never have envisioned players continuing to play his 9-hole course almost 100 years in the future, at least without hovercrafts. Golfers can enjoy the abundant natural surroundings that frame the Zoysia grass tees, fairways, and bent grass greens. Before or after rounds, players can make use of the grass tees and 25 hitting mats at the driving range, which conveniently stays lit after dusk for some late night practice sessions.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 35 course * Total length of 3,023 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 34.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 115 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard