Chances are that when you hear the the word “club” in Berlin, you’re not likely to think “Fore!” Of course, there’s Schwarzlicht Minigolf by Görli, and serious golfers can get a membership card and practice in the open at the “Golf Resort” in Pankow. But until now, there was nothing like Golf Studio Berlin. Located in a Prenzlauer Berg office building just outside the Ring, it’s a bit like Wii Golf gone pro: you use real clubs to thwack real balls into projected virtual environments as fancy new Trackman technology records your motions. You can watch that swing back in slo-mo and analyse your performance (€29-35/hour for up to six people, depending on day of week/time of day). On the other side of the room, a junior challenge course lets up to eight people play through simulated versions of 28 famous courses, from Scotland’s Gleneagles to San Diego’s Torrey Pines (€33-39/hour). If you’re not so much into stats, there are three games you can play for target practice, including a “whack-a-mole”-style one for the kiddies. Unconvinced? The monthly beginners’ course runs just €19.90, and after an hour of the supportive staff telling you you’re a “natural”, you just might be tempted to make golf your new hobby.
Greifswalder Str. 88, Prenzlauer Berg, daily 10-22