Who said golf was a rich man's game? We didn't. It was that golf simulator who spends his nights at underground rap clubs, challenging emcees to match his perfect enunciation in rap battles. You know which one we're talking about: the one with the perfectly quaffed hair, the button-less future shirt, and the smug grin. But don't be intimidated by the way his eyes twinkle under the Canadian moonlight or how he stands on water as if he were Moses—he's incredibly self-conscious of his inability to inflect.
Today's Groupon lets you golf in rain, shine, or lightning storm. For $30 you get an hour to hit the indoor links using a golf simulator at Players Club Golf ($80 value). If you don't crave golf 24/7, you will after you learn to play at Players Club. This Groupon also includes a 30-minute private lesson with a professional golf instructor. You or your golf-loving loved one will love it.
Players Club Golf, located off I-10 in Santa Monica at 3211 Pico Blvd., is an indoor golf facility open all week until 10 p.m. (except Sundays when it closes at 6 p.m.). Indoor means you can practice, play, and talk about golf without worrying about weather, daylight, time constraints, or pigeon attacks. The full-screen, $65,000, Full Swing simulators are the same ones Trump National Golf Club has in its 20,000-square-foot fallout shelter. Send high-def balls soaring across the greens of Pebble Beach, Torrey Pines, and 60 other courses around the world. And you'll play Torrey Pines faster than Tiger in '08 because simulators let you play 18 holes in under an hour (simulated caddies use simulated motorcycles with sidecars to drive you from shot to shot).
After you've quenched your thirst for international play, bask in Players Club's BYOB lounge playing poker or bumper pool. The facility also has an exercise area, a 380-yard driving range, and putting, approach, and chip shot practice areas.
Four Citysearchers gave Players Club Golf a perfect five stars. Here's what they said:
- I have played on golf simulators before and most of them stink. THE ones here are AMAZING... It takes a little while to get used to the short game shots, but now that I have played a few times, I'm really starting to feel it...the place has a cool, laidback, friendly vibe. – bryan_golfs
- This place has 3 state of the art simulators that allow you to feel like you are really playing golf - OK, its not the real deal, but the setup allows me to really work on my swing. There is a driving range, chip and putt area, and you can download and play nearly 100 courses in HD. The sensors are super impressive. – givesadamn
- This place is great. You can practice your game using the indoor driving range, approach shot, chip and putt areas. You can play 60 courses from all over the world... This place is awesome for the golfer that doesn't have the time during the day and for that mater weekend to play and practice his or her game. No waiting in line at Rancho to his beat up old range-balls. Just make a reservation and the simulator is yours. – dmuzzman
Players Club Golf
Whether navigating Pebble Beach’s oceanside links or exploring the birthplace of golf at St. Andrews in Scotland, golfers know that a little rain can turn a trip of a lifetime into a water-logged disappointment. Players Club Golf removes sogginess from the equation; the center’s three full-screen golf simulators unlock instant access to more than 60 global courses without the hassles of commuting, fickle weather, and long round times. The facility smoothes the oft-difficult road toward better scores with practice configurations that allow players to immediately see a wealth of shot parameters on each swing, including launch angle, ball speed, and carry. The virtual driving range facilitates improvement through repetition and target practice, which also helps when trying to ring the doorbell of a neighbor across the street without getting off the couch.
When improvement reaches a plateau, players can enlist the expert instruction of teaching professional Brent Mann. Members also enjoy access to a facility gym stocked with $40,000 worth of equipment. Here, golfers improve their endurance on elliptical machines and strengthen postround handshake grips on a full complement of weight machines.