It?s not uncommon to stumble upon fake alligators as you make your way around a mini-golf course. But at Smuggler's Cove's locations, live American alligators snap their jaws in exhibits nestled amid the miniature fairways. With an old-fashioned bamboo pole players can dangle a treat above 20?50 of the predatory alligators, which leap from the water to snatch their treat. Between feeding frenzies, games take place on Smugglers Cove?s 18-hole outdoor courses, where balls roll past rushing waterfalls, into caves, over mountainous terrain, and into a hole in a pirate ship.
Tim Conaway does not believe in a one-swing-fits-all approach to golf. That?s why he helps his clients develop swings based on golfer-specific factors, such as size, strength, and whether or not a student has a third arm. With more than a dozen years of teaching experience under his belt, Tim supplements his ability for spotting flaws with state-of-the-art video technology. He also focuses on the mental aspects of the game, teaching students how to visualize shots and manage the course to their advantage. After the lesson, students get virtual ?lockers? on Tim?s website stocked with lesson notes and personalized recommended resources.
At Evie’s Golf Center’s mini-golf course, putter-wielding patrons embark on an 18-hole, par 40 odyssey through treacherously sloped, emerald-turf corridors kissed by the gentle mist of hole-side waterfalls. Outduel old rivals with a smooth and dependable putting stroke, or use the round as practice to fine-tune new techniques such as using your own double-gripped putter or intimidating finicky orbs until they take cover in each hole.
GolfTEC has four convenient locations in the Tampa area, all 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.
Ben Hogan became one of the best golfers of all time because he built a golf swing that performed better with the more pressure he put it under. It would become known as the "delayed release" swing, a timeless example of pure form that continues to inspire golfers and enhance their game. Mark Reason has been using this approach to help students build their own dependable swing mechanics for more than three decades.
All of Mark Reason's services at Reason Golf Academy?from swing analysis to sales of training DVDs to club fitting?are dedicated to helping golfers develop sound, consistent swings. Spreading the wisdom of Hogan's "delayed release" like a veritable Johnny Appleseed of golf, Mark has split time between the states of Florida, known for its innumeral golf courses, and Michigan, known for having the hardest green to hit in the world, the Upper Peninsula.
Mark teaches group clinics and private lessons, primarily coaching students to adopt more vertical swing axes. Where his powers of observation end, a P3ProSwing golf analyzer picks up, reading each swing within a golf simulator and providing feedback with a multitude of data, such as club-face angle, sweet-spot deviation, and each golf ball's ultrasonic cries of pain.
Designed by Ted McAnlis to take advantage of the area’s natural wetlands, the fairways at The Preserve Golf Club are riddled with water hazards and marshy areas. Water comes directly into play on 9 of the course’s holes, and players end up traipsing across 11 bridges as they hit their way from beginning to end. Many stumble at the 3rd hole, whose aim-blocking sabal palms earn it a handicap of 1, or at the course’s signature 17th hole, which drowns balls left and right. The course’s greens are newly recarpeted with ultradwarf bermuda grass, and pines, oaks, and palms line the fairways, their branches grasping at stray balls like nature’s catchers' mitts.
Before tackling the aquatic mischief of the championship course, golfers can take aim at the island target greens of the aqua driving range, where 40 hitting stations let players gear up for the watery course. After facing down the fairways, players select from a deli-style menu at Ryder Cup Grille, which features live music from artists such as Larry Crane, longtime guitarist for John Mellencamp.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 7,000 yards * Course rating of 74 * Slope rating of 141 * Three tee options * See the scorecard