Never Miss Tee Time at These 3 Indoor Golf Centers
Don’t let rain knock you off course. Golf simulators keep you dry as you play a round—or more—indoors.
Bergenites survived the most recent tropical storm, but we know Mother Nature isn’t through just yet. And that’s bad news for golfers. Like it did last weekend, rain can wash away tee times, leaving local pros and casual golfers alike holding their bags and without playing options.
Ah, but indeed there are alternatives. Sure, you can practice your drives and chips at an old-fashioned driving range (Bergen is home to great options in Bogota and Closter, for examples), but wouldn’t you rather play a round? High-tech simulators are the name of the indoor golf game these days, and here’s how they work:
You select the course to play, then a series of sensors determines your swing classification and calculates the true distance and spin of each hit before positioning you on the green (instead of in the virtual sand trap, we hope). This gives you the chance to enjoy a full 18 holes without the worry of weather, the exhaustion of walking and the troubles of driving a finicky cart. Real-time, computerized feedback can even help you improve your game as you play—no more relying on know-it-all buddies for advice.
So, when the next storm hits or if you just need a reprieve from the blazing sun, be sure you set up a tee time at any of these three local golf simulators:
The Players Club, Paramus. More than 70 of the world’s best courses are at your fingertips at this location, which includes a country club vibe. Play a solo round or set up a time for your private group outing, which can be upgraded with add-on games like darts and cornhole.
*348 Evelyn St., Paramus, 201.483.9690
Ready to Golf, River Edge. Two dozen simulator bays give you access to more than 190 golf courses. Stick around after you play—the recently opened facility also features 13 ping pong tables, including robotic practice tables for solo play.
*3 New Bridge Rd., River Edge, 609.388.7728
High Performance Golf, Nanuet, N.Y. Just minutes from Montvale and River Vale is this indoor simulator, where you can play Pebble Beach, St. Andrew’s and more of the best courses around the globe.
*129 Main St., Nanuet, N.Y., 845.595.8329
A fourth area golf simulator is slated to open this fall—just in time as days are getting shorter and cooler! Be sure to add this one to your list:
The Clubhouse, Fairfield. Though currently closed for renovations, this center in nearby Essex County is planning a fall reopening with upgrades to the 10,000-square-foot facility. A country-club type lounge accompanies a half-dozen simulators.
*410 Rte. 46, Fairfield, 973.396.0515