Golf is considered a gentleman's game because of its emphasis on proper etiquette, color-coordinated outfits, and the removal of all brass knuckles and inflatable billy clubs before competition. Learn the velvet ropes with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a one-day membership to City Golf Club & Academy (a $130 value).
At City Golf Club & Academy, golfers flex their clubs in a more-than-23,000-square-foot indoor training facility powered with high-tech video teaching equipment and supplemented by PGA- and LPGA-trained instructors. Spend the day swinging at unlimited range balls and use launch monitors to glean data on ball speed and spin, launch and descent angles, and appropriate color combinations for plaid pants. Build ball-walloping skills with the video swing analysis, a digital swing-coaching tool that helps golfers visualize their technique and diagnose problematic habits such as having bad posture or using a slumbering python as a pitching wedge. A nine-hole putting course and sand bunker let golfers shore up their short game, and the wide screens of golf simulators transport clubbers to 60 of the world's most challenging courses, including, Augusta, St. Andrews, and Pebble Beach. The facilities are rounded out by a fitness area and members' lounge, where golfers can sink into sand-trap-free leather furniture while nibbling snacks from the café, surfing free WiFi, or watching flat-screen TVs.
City Golf of America
The percussive clacking of club and ball welcomes club-toting compatriots to City Golf of America's indoor training facility, a golfer’s haven with more than 23,000 square feet of swing-honing amenities. Inside the vast facility, students of golf can gain valuable reps at 1 of the 18 hitting bays of the indoor driving range, plant spiked shoes into the soft grains of a real sand bunker, and inoculate themselves against outbreaks of the yips on two nine-hole putting greens. The immense screens of high-tech golf simulators channel the lush landscapes of 60 of the world’s most renowned courses, whisking golfers to the famed greens of Amen Corner of Augusta National, the windswept heathers of St. Andrews, or near the loudmouth porpoises of Pebble Beach. The facilities are rounded out by a fitness area and members' lounge, where golfers can sink into divot-free leather furniture while noshing on snacks from the café, surfing free WiFi, or watching flat-screen TVs. A staff of teaching professionals and PGA pros leads students through private lessons. The staff makes use of JC video-analysis technology to deftly diagnose swings and proffer both onsite corrective tips and longer-term practice strategies to streamline swing mechanics.