Digital golf simulators free up carts for errand running and courses for medieval re-enactors' battles. Avoid Hole Nine's errant swords with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a two-hour golf-simulator practice session for up to four people (a $110 total value) at The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers, best accessed from Pier 59 at 17th Street and Hudson River Park. The package includes the following:
- Two hours in the golf simulator for up to four people (a $45/hour value)
- Golf-club rental for up to four people (a $5 value)
- One $15 ball card redeemable at the driving range on a future visit
The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers offers links-loving metropolites a chance to swing their stuff within the clubhouse-like confines of a championship-course simulator. The Full Swing simulators track whacks and send a fictitious ball flying through one of 51 digitized real-world courses, from the stirring vistas of a mock Pebble Beach to the dreaded triple windmill of Kaptain Klown's Putt-Putt Circus. With a set of 10 Cleveland golf clubs provided, you and up to three chipping chums can while away two hours honing swings and practicing shouts of fore at nonexistent competitors. Additionally, pseudo-swingers will receive a $15 ball card for a future visit to the rooftop driving range, where pigeon-hating golfers strive to sink the most birdies.
The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers
As part of the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, located at the historic Chelsea Piers, the Golf Club perches over the same port that once welcomed ships into New York City. Now, golfers tee up in the driving range's 52 heated and weather-protected stalls, which overlook the glinting waters of the Hudson River. Automatic tee-up systems position balls for launch across the 200-yard, net-enclosed fairway. A putting green allows patrons to improve their short game, and two Full Swing simulators encourage them to take hacks in virtual environs, transporting them to famous courses across the country or fifth-grade birthday parties where they missed the piñata.
Children and adults alike can enlist in Golf Club at Chelsea Piers’ classes, which stratify students by experience level. The coaching staff includes PGA and LPGA professionals, and sessions take place in a 2,000-square-foot teaching academy.