Long ago, Scottish polo players longed for a game that let them explore scenic terrain, ride an obedient mechanical horse, and wear more courageously plaid knickers. Marvel in their subsequent invention with today's Groupon to Jimmy Mac's Golf Range, in Winston Salem. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get eight large buckets of driving-range balls (up to a $76 value).
- For $16, you get one day of unlimited rounds of miniature golf for four, one large bucket of balls, and unlimited use of rental clubs (a $33.50 value).
Featuring 18 holes of pint-size greens, Jimmy's miniature-golf course includes rushing creeks throughout, brick-lined putting easements, numerous bridges, and two flowing waterfalls for baby-size cannonball descents. Putt and strut an entire afternoon with unlimited rounds of short game before launching long-game land missiles with your bucket of driving-range balls.
A refuge for both fledgling golf pros and casual swingers, Jimmy's driving range sports 25,000 square feet of Bermuda–grass tees, Bermuda–grass shorts, and five target greens spread throughout for realistic practice. Crush your way through eight bounteous buckets of Pinnacle range balls as you send legions of dimpled spheres on a 325-yard sojourn into the great grassy unknown. Jimmy's driving range also features 20 artificial turf tees with laser yardage guides to display the exact distance covered. Bring a friend or club-wielding alter ego to Jimmy's lighted range for some nighttime fore calling and take turns trying to chip shot into the moon's double-bogey crater chasm.
Smiley’s Golf and Learning Center
When they took over Jimmy Mac’s Golf Range, PGA professional Brad “Smiley” Latimer and his wife Pam knew they had their work cut out for them. The couple dove right in: they resurfaced the miniature golf course, illuminated its brick-lined pathways with nearly 100 solar lights, acquired a FlightScope Launch Monitor for lessons, and stocked on the driving range with new Titleist and Callaway balls. Even after completing these renovations, they continue to revamp the facilities. The 18-hole mini-golf course now features two cascading waterfalls, babbling brooks that wend along turf fairways, and new putters that send colorful golf balls into holes or to the one-eyed pirate living under the course bridge to fulfill his dream of a new ocular orb.
A 325-yard driving range showcases 25,000 square feet of Bermuda grass tees and 20 artificial turf hitting stations featuring laser yardage readers. The range has covered and uncovered stations, as well as lights that let golfers swing even after the sun has started to snore. Lessons provide the instructional guidance of a professional while taking advantage of the center’s practice bunker and chipping and pitching greens, developing swings dependable enough to take down rabid ball washers.