Hyatt Hills Golf Complex aims to make the game of golf less complicated. The facility exceeds the call of a typical golf venue, incorporating an 18-hole mini golf course, a driving range, and even a restaurant in addition to its nine-hole course. Measuring 3,350 yards from the back tees, the par 36 layout forces players to contend with several shots over water, healthy doses of greenside bunkering, and a pair of long doglegs in holes 2 and 5—both par 5s. Players can also work with Hyatt Hills' roster of PGA professionals for help getting over a scoring hump—a solution that's easier on the conscience than just conveniently forgetting every third stroke.
All too often, putters and drivers are forced to share the spotlight. Over the years, that division of labor has weighed heavy on what was once a strong relationship between golf's two most popular clubs. But at Anchor Golf Center, neither club has to give any ground because each one has an area completely devoted to its services. Drivers can show off their strength at the facility's driving range, which features 30 covered hitting bays, 10 outdoor bays, and automated tees. Putters, meanwhile, can demonstrate their finesse at a renovated 18-hole mini-golf course complete with new turf carpeting and shrubbery that doesn't heckle anyone. Eventually, the two clubs can team up yet again during lessons taught by the center's first-rate staff or while aiming for low scores at Anchor's par 3 course.
Boasting one of Staten Island’s only go-kart tracks, Staten Island Go-Karts launches drivers around exhilarating turns and down straightaways at speeds of up to 20 mph, while its mini golf course's soothing brook and scenic landscaping maintain more moderate adrenaline levels. Speed-demon duos can rocket around the track in one of the rubber burners, tearing through each five-minute race like the Flash riding Seabiscuit (a $6 value each). Each speedy steed features a sturdy shoulder harness, and the track's qualified operator can control all karts to ensure safety.
A two-tiered driving range and two 18-hole miniature-golf courses welcome visitors to Branchburg Family Golf Center’s 27-acre golf complex for game improvement and friendly competition. Each tier at the range comprises more than 30 hitting stalls and features a natural-grass tee area that remains open from April through September. In colder months, 12 recently installed heaters keep golfers cozy or help them sweat off pounds to drop a weight class in golf-cart jousting. Professional instructors roll in when players reach an improvement plateau, offering their keen expertise to develop consistent swings that lead to lower scores.
The center’s two miniature-golf courses summon putts past crashing waterfalls and through lush landscapes, fostering a sense of friendly competition in a pint-sized oasis. When swatting stationary spheres becomes too easy, visitors can head over to the batting facility to work on baseball swings and tackle techniques when charging the mound at a cyborg pitcher.:m]]
What makes it great: expansive views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty, extremely narrow fairways complicated by winds off the Hudson River, home to the PGA Tour’s Presidents Cup starting in 2017, 90,000-square-foot all-glass clubhouse