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.
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.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * 6,345 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees
Even after 10 years in business, a spot on Golf Magazine?s ?40 Under 40? list, and multiple features in Entrepreneur magazine, CEO Joshua Jacobs maintains a laserlike focus on what?s important to the health of America?s youngsters. His youth-enrichment program, taught at all TGA franchises, uses the games of golf and tennis as means for communicating positive life values and building confidence in pre-K through 8th-grade students, all while keeping kids active to combat obesity. Born from a team of golf, tennis, and education professionals, the five-level TGA curriculum teaches etiquette, sportsmanship, and the value of physical activity alongside lessons in math, science, history, and English. The trained staff outfits each student with modified equipment for their lesson, including shorter golf clubs, lighter tennis racquets, and reduced-flight golf balls that have had their wings clipped for indoor use.
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.