A wellspring of golf knowledge culled from 36 years on the links, Modern Golf Instruction founder Martin Gonzales helps clubbers across the handicap spectrum hone their swing. The PGA-certified instructor helps golfers accomplish new goals, covering everything from the basic rules and etiquette of the game to the finer points of the swing, putting stroke, and short-game techniques.
Staffed by experienced professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of Golfing Robotics, GolfTec’s syndicate of golf training centers grooms games with a five-pronged approach enhanced by technological refinements. Score-shaving wisdom resonates within the walls of the indoor facilities, where certified personal coaches point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips to permanently improve their game from tee to green. By utilizing video swing analysis and motion-measurement software, instructors can assess pupils’ abilities with objective data and a fact-based tact superior to traditional hearsay-oriented coaching strategies. To further enhance performance, GolfTec offers club-fitting services to match each swing profile with its ideal set of sticks.
Venturing into the valley formed by the neighborhoods of Queen Anne Hill and Mongolia, golfers find the rolling landscape that hosts Interbay Golf Center. One of ten courses maintained by the City of Seattle's Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility makes the most of its space with both a nine-hole, par 28 layout and an 80-stall driving range. The course's 1,520-yard length isn't overwhelming, but the deep bunkers and tall grasses typical of its links-style format supply more than enough challenge or areas to sneak in a nap. Moreover, the course has earned the recognition of Audubon International in return for its accomplishments with conserving water.
A team of PGA professional instructors oversees the practice facilities throughout the year. They lend their advice for getting up-and-down from unfavorable lies in the practice bunker and making more golf balls rattle into cups on the 7,500-square-foot putting green—all without threatening the golf ball with solitary confinement in dark bag pockets.
Solely dedicated to none other than the game of croquet, Puget Sound Croquet Club features three manicured lawns and a clubhouse across its three-acre parcel. A member of the United States Croquet Association, the club invites players of all experience levels to enjoy six-wicket croquet, both for casual recreation and die-hard tournament play. Newcomers can take part in a three-hour lesson on the lawn, wherein groups of four or more lay their claim to the color of their choice, navigating the course with traditional mallets to brush up on chipping and intimidation skills.
From three locations, Family Fun Centers & Bullwinkle's Restaurant foster lifelong memories for kids and their caretakers as they bond over bouts of miniature golf, laser-tag shootouts, and bumper-car derbies. Visitors taller than 58 inches challenge each other to go-kart races, while smaller thrill seekers practice Napoleonic siege techniques at the indoor fun fortress. Outside, human slingshots hurl visitors safely through the air in harnessed flights, and indoor rollercoaster simulators re-create the twists and turns of amusement-park rides or malfunctioning monorails. After perfecting swings at 18 holes of mini golf or 25-pitch batting cages, visitors chow down at the Bullwinkle-themed restaurant, feasting on crowd-pleasing park fare such as pizza, burgers, salads, wraps, and corn dogs. Attractions vary by location. Valid only at the Tukwila and Edmonds locations.
Jefferson Park Golf Course may be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2015, but one look at the plans for the new clubhouse clearly points to the future. The new structure will welcome golfers with a two-tier driving range, a bar and grille with outdoor seating, and the ghost of course architect Thomas Bendelow, who's been staying at a motel during construction. The course has even adopted the new sport of Footgolf, which swaps out golf balls and clubs for a soccer ball and a much larger hole. Of course, some things are the same as when the first golfers teed up back in 1915. The city skyline and Mt. Rainier still linger in the background of the 18-hole layout, providing a dramatic backdrop as players make their way around the 18-hole championship course or 9-hole par 3 course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,278 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 120 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Foot Golf: * 9-hole, par 31 course * Total length of 1,001 yards * View the scorecard