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.
Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified personal coaches will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
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.
The kinetic clack of tiny orbs colliding with metal clubs welcomes club-toting clientele into Hoboken Golf's 5,300-square-foot practice facility, where players can hone their games year-round. Using a nine-hole putting course as well as several hitting areas that accommodate swings of varying fullness, the studio's versatile instructors can provide a hands-on assessment of all aspects of their pupils' games.
When it comes to golf, practice makes perfect. But when playing a round of golf with a favorite foursome, players can spend more time traveling from ball to ball and changing the numbers on their friends' scorecards than practicing. That's where Willowbrook Golf Center comes in. The practice facility contains everything a golfer needs to shave strokes from his or her game, including a team of PGA teaching professionals. These coaches correct bad habits and impart game-saving tips at Willowbrook Golf Center's 80-stall covered range, which stays open from dawn until after dusk, letting players drive ball after ball without chasing them down. And for good measure, the center also throws in a 36-hole miniature-golf course, where putters young and old hone their technique as they roll past a 30-foot waterfall and rocky obstacles.
The pristine, recently renovated fairways at Meadows Golf Club snake around 12 ponds that vary in size and factor into play-making decisions on at least 14 holes. Water makes itself a prevalent threat to golf balls that are afraid to swim on the 9th and 18th holes, where larger ponds loom ominously to finish out the front and back nines. The 9th, a 240-yard uphill par 3, demands steely nerved shots over two ponds: one that stretches past the tee box to the player's center-right and another that runs along the left all the way to the green. On the par 4 18th, players again face down a tee shot over water, this time being forced to keep their drive to the right to avoid water along the length of the fairway, as well as packs of ravenous ball washers that roam the course in search of prey.
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