Monday: core-stability training, practice short game. Wednesday: lower-back workout, hit some woods. Friday: treadmill, putting. Welcome to your new workout schedule, should you be fortunate enough to join Drive 495, one of the world's first golf gyms. Part exclusive fitness center, part high-performance golf studio, the club opened in a Soho loft in Manhattan in May, and membership will be limited to five hundred to ensure a country-club feel. It was founded by brothers Don and Joseph Saladino; Don is a personal trainer and Joseph is a former pro golfer on the Florida minitours.
The $3 million, 15,000-square-foot facility looks like any upscale gym on the first floor, with the latest exercise machines, flatscreen TVs galore, stylish locker rooms and a juice bar. But ascend the grand staircase and the wall-to-wall green turf tells you that this isn't Bally's. Three hitting bays outfitted with golf simulators are flanked by a sunny putting area. The club's staff includes three full-time teaching pros, led by top-100 instructor Robert Baker. Every member receives a 3D swing analysis and a personalized workout regimen. The brothers hope to franchise the business in the future. The cost to join Drive 495 is $5,000 per year; for more information, call 212-334-9537 or visit driveclubs.com.