There are a number of ways to enjoy the game of golf without hitting the links, and Tee It Up Golf provides just about all of them. Its two-level 52-stall driving range accommodates seasoned veterans as well as newcomers developing their own swing using Tee It Up's rental clubs. Kids can set out on the 18-hole mini-golf course or enroll in a summer golf camp to learn to navigate the world of golf proper. For golfers longing for faraway links, the facility's golf simulator allows you to tee off or yell at birds on digital versions of 30 courses from around the world.
Bordley House Grille takes its name from 18th-century gentleman farmer John Beale Bordley, who ran his Chester County estate with seasonal crop rotation, artisanal brewing, and self-sufficiency in mind. Though the restaurant is nestled on an idyllic golf course rather than a sprawling farm, the staff carries on Mr. Bordley's traditions with a seasonally changing menu. The menu offers homey comfort food such as chicken, pastry baked salmon, burgers, and pulled-pork sandwiches. A covered patio lined with lantern-tipped columns welcomes visitors into the rustic two-story mortar-and-slate farmhouse, where rough stone walls, fireplaces, and chairs upholstered with padded leather evoke an earthy, organic ambience.
Combining the best aspects of amusement parks and triathlons, The Golf Zone runs guests through a gauntlet of activities that promotes warm-hearted laughs and icy nerves of steel. Armed with a bucket of 75 balls ($8), golfers slay distant target posts at the driving range or put numbered clubs through the paces at the nearby short-game area. After practicing putts and postputt fist pumps, golfers can take to the roundabout greens of the miniature golf course ($6 per round for adults; $5 for children), where sharp turns and perilous slopes spell doom for all but the craftiest balls. Three paintball fields host large brigades or lone soldiers as they blast enemies with colorful projectiles during two-hour firefights ($25 including gear), providing shelter in the form of wooden forts and a replica of the Maginot Line. Challenge land-speed records at the nearby Speed Zone, where the Python go-kart track tests drivers with harrowing twists and sneaky speed bumps that take indiscriminate bites out of single and tandem karts ($7 per race).
Instead of beating players over the head with extreme length, Ingleside Golf Club forces them to rely on accuracy and cunning course management if they want to perform well. Throughout the layout, water comes into play on seven holes, tall grass sways just beyond the second cut of rough, and deep, greenside bunkers are scrawled with "S.O.S." by fallen golf balls. Club selection proves especially important. The par fours and fives may bait players into pulling out their drivers, but a couple successes with the often wiser fairway metal or long iron?or a few errant drives?may show that the extra yards simply aren't worth the risks. Ingleside Golf Club also has a driving range, fully stocked Pro Shop, putting green and short game practice area.