The windswept, coastal hillocks of the Old Course at St. Andrews and the seaside cliffs of Pebble Beach both come to life in the aboutGolf Simulators of The Golf Den. Showcasing massive, high-definition screens, the four simulators let golfers—armed with their own clubs or sawed-off curtain rods—play rounds at digital replicas of 40 of the world’s top courses. Players can also work on their swings in the practice modules, which feature systems of high-speed cameras that project the flight of each shot.
Before warping into digital Scotland for a round of 18, golfers can perfect their form with a lesson from one of The Golf Den’s CPGA-certified instructors. During lessons, the staff use V1 Video swing-analysis software to provide visual feedback for each shot, and FlightScope technology to track the ball’s trajectory. Guests in need of replacements for aging clubs or sand wedges that have taken jobs as firewood axes can browse The Golf Den’s inventory of Callaway clubs.
The kinetic clashing of metal clubs and tiny orbs serenades guests as they enter The Quantum Golf & Vibrafit Studio’s indoor facility, where golfers recess for year-round, muscle-building fun. The Vibrafit studio jumpstarts sleepy systems with full-body vibration that activates muscles in an alternating pattern, which tones abs without tearing joints or fusing all muscles together into a single flexed bicep. Guests strap themselves into the oscillating machine, adjusting amplitude and motion before beginning to develop stronger, more flexible muscles. During private lessons, instructors scrutinize swings to develop customized advice and lesson plans. Expert staffers further hone nascent skills with numerous high-tech devices, including a virtual golf simulator and the Tomi putting-analysis system, which harnesses laser technology to measure eight different putting parameters and the varying cuteness of dimples on every golf ball.
An arboreal mix of towering evergreens and the ever-changing leaves of deciduous trees skirt the spacious fairways of Fort In View Golf Course's 27-hole facility. Pleasant challenges and beautiful backdrops accompany golfers as they roll their golf balls through three nine-hole sides, Buck, Clark, and Simpson—par 36, 35, and 35, respectively. Seven ponds lie throughout the track, harrying tee shots on Buck's second hole, Clark's sixth hole, and Simpson third hole and leading many golfers to attempt to attach water wings to their golf balls.
Course at a Glance:
Three nine-hole sides
Max 18-hole length of 6,580 yards from the back tees
Certified by the World Golf Teachers Association, Steve Lawrence's instructional expertise acquired over 11 years continues to evolve, as he operates out of a technologically refined indoor environment for comprehensive golf instruction and practice. In private lessons, Steve augments his own purview of knowledge with TrackMan Performance Studio software, which records swings in high definition and gathers invaluable data, including swing path, club-face angle, and spin rate without having to inject nine-irons with a truth serum. The studio boasts hitting bays for full swing practice as well as a 600-square-foot putting-and-chipping area, all of which are put to use in training programs developed for juniors and adult tournament players. The academy also specializes in golf fitness training, which helps develop more efficient swings by strengthening the core, building muscle memory, and bench-pressing golf carts.
Sculpted into the shores of Pipestone Creek, Pipestone Links Golf Course winds along water-kissed tracts of poplar and spruce trees for a nine-hole, 3,284-yard layout. The stream encircles the course, creating a mulligan moat throughout the round with the help of two ponds and a sprinkler system with a love of pranks. The course’s most difficult hole—the 341-yard par-4—features water on both sides of a split fairway and behind the green. In addition, Pipestone Links invites guests to enjoy the surrounding scenery from their RV park and camping ground.