Golfing in the winter is nearly impossible, particularly since snowmen use fairways as sites for birthing grounds. Avoid snowmen baby colonies with today's Groupon: for $30, you get two hours in a full-swing golf simulator at the Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park (a $60 value). Equipped with high-definition projection systems and multiple hitting surfaces, the Bob O'Connor Golf Course's full-swing simulators allow golfers to take their hacks at more than 35 simulation courses around the world, measuring each shot's launch angle, speed, distance, and flight much the way NASA does in its own golf simulators. Ignore snowy forecasts and ill-omened horoscopes as you tackle the legendary layouts at courses such as Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan, Kapalua in Hawaii, and St Andrews Links in Scotland.
Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park
Designed by Mark Ormison in 1897, the fairways of Bob O'Connor Golf Course at Schenley Park sprawl over 51 acres and invite linksmen to frolic among foliage that has been flourishing for more than a century, while also gazing out on metropolitan views. Players find themselves challenged right from the get-go with a second hole that is also the toughest, but can strive for birdies at holes 8 and 17 to recover. At the 11th hole, golfers encounter a quirky rectangular green, whose geometric origins are likely found in a house having occupied the space long ago. The course is managed by the local charity The First Tee Pittsburgh, which strives to encourage good character, values, and healthy life choices in children through the game of golf, and proceeds from the course benefit its programs.
Before hitting the course, players can hone their form at the course’s driving range in good weather, take lessons with a Class A PGA professional, or strengthen their swings at the Full Swing simulator, which tracks ball flight, speed, and distance in real time. The simulator offers high-definition projections of more than 35 notable courses, including Pebble Beach, Oakmont Country Club, Pinehurst Country Club, and Harbour Town Golf Links, and lets golfers sharpen their swings in the dead of winter without fear of losing a limb to frostbite or abominable ground squirrels.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, par 67 course
- Length of 4,620 yards from the farthest tees
- Course rating of 63.3 from the farthest tees
- Slope rating of 104 from the farthest tees
- See helpful course notes
- 18 hitting stations at driving range