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So there are no cheerleaders, fancy mascots or merchandise to draw you to the golf scene in Dallas/Fort Worth. That doesn’t mean this isn’t the place to be to champion your golf game and compete with the professionals, or start your path to a hole-in-one. Dallas and Fort Worth have plentiful rolling greens and water traps, and even some great indoor driving ranges to boot. All you have to do is take a swing.
Golf Center Of Arlington
1301 NE Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington, TX 76006
(817) 469-9005

Golf Center of Arlington draws in avid golfers by offering indoor and outdoor options. Golf instructors are on duty seven days a week, ready to train you on either the natural grass course outside or with the help of Virtual Golf. The bays are covered and heated for unpredictable Texas weather. The ProTracer technology at Golf Center of Arlington checks your shots for distance and accuracy, shows your trajectory and even brings the virtual golf experience onto the driving range. Make sure to take advantage of the professional putter fitting and repair services, too. A miniature 36-hole golf course is also on location for those who just want to putt for fun.

Hank Haney Golf Ranch At Vista Ridge
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
(972) 315-5300

Hank Haney, a well-known name in the world of golf, has established a following in the DFW area, and for good reason. Hank Haney and other PGA Certified instructors will train everyone from beginners to those ready to compete on their own at the Vista Ridge facility in Lewisville, north of Dallas. At Vista Ridge, rain or shine, sun or snow, golfers can come to enhance their skills with many areas to choose from. They can practice on natural turf on a nine-hole course created by Jim Fazio, or take advantage of the top indoor training center in the area. Teaching and training can be held inside all year long. Other amenities include SAMS putting analysis equipment, custom club fitting and access to The Putting Studio for putter testing and analysis.

The Golf Center At The Highlands
2538 Golden Bear Drive
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 733-4111

The Golf Center at the Highlands utilizes TPI Standardization and K-VEST technology to get usable feedback on your swing, allowing you to see how you stack up next to top LPGA Tour players. You can use the K-VEST with every lesson and practice session to put your knowledge to use on the green once you are ready. Great for indoor learners, the system accommodates both left and right-handed golfers and all lighting and weather conditions. Range passes are affordable once the indoors becomes limiting. In addition, The Golf Center at the Highlands makes sure to offer mini golf for those who are ready to blow off a little steam after the friendly, A-list instructors have filled you up on new knowledge and tips.

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Tobacco Road Fine Cigars And Golf
3118 South Cooper Street
Arlington, TX 76015
(817) 467-7623

Tobacco Road Cigars and Golf stands alone in its fascinating combination of activities. Smoking and sports go together naturally to some. At Tobacco Road Cigars and Golf, patrons can make use of the state-of-the-art Indoor Golf Simulator which measures distance, speed and deviation for a statistical view of your game. It’s not just about the numbers. This simulator takes your game to courses all over the the country, and even the world, including Pebble Beach, Barton Creek and even Oakland Hills. Indoor rates suit all levels of golf aficionados from just $10 per hour per person for practicing and only $27 per person per round. Discounted multi-hour passes and unlimited monthly membership rates are also available.

Lunar Mini Golf
3000 Grapevine Mills Blvd
Grapevine, TX 76051
(912) 816-7181

For all ages golf fun, there is always mini golf. Lunar Mini Golf, however, adds something even more exceptional. Imagine playing a few rounds with the whole family in the dark, with only the glowing backdrops and a few accessories to guide you. Friends, foes and families will all enjoy the chance to try something different for a reasonable price. Adults can play for only $9 per person. Children ages six to twelve will pay $8 and children ages three to five will cost only $6. Children under three years old play for free with paid admission.

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Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.