Skyland Golf Course is not just an 18-hole public course, but a family tradition. The third generation of the Rhodes family currently oversees operations, keeping the well-maintained grounds and the welcoming atmosphere up to the standards of the regulars who have played the links for decades. At 6,115 yards with a slope of 116, the par-72 course isn't an especially difficult test, but it does hide some tricky surprises within its condensed length. Water comes into play on three holes, and the wind above the tree line frequently knocks shots off-course. Meanwhile, some bunkers are filled with sand while others are left grassy, giving golfers fits when a sand wedge refuses to risk getting grass stains.
Arching over the rolling hills of Seville, the fairways at Deer Pass Golf Course's 18-hole layout stretch across 6,012 yards of well-manicured terrain. Though scenic sights abound throughout the course, golfers will likely leave with the seventh hole most firmly etched in their memory, as the 155-yard par 3 requires players to launch tee shots onto a green surrounded entirely by water and populated by a wrinkly Gilligan. Before taking to the breezy links, clubbers can prep their short game at the practice green or fuel up with a snack and refreshments at the on-site snack bar. Visitors can also peruse the club's pro shop, which is filled with racks of stylish shirts and accessories from top brands, many of which are emblazoned with Deer Pass's logo or missing kitty flyers.
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The staff at The Golf Improvement Center knows that shaving strokes is all about getting the little things right. This precision is evident in the center’s facilities, from the 7,500 square-foot putting green modeled after the famous Himalayas putting course at St. Andrews to the seven target greens scattered around the 320-by-300-yard driving range and laser measured to every hitting station. Instead of the oversize range balls at the great majority of driving ranges, which get tired of flying after 100 yards, players hit real regulation golf balls that get recycled every year, which provides the invaluable feel and results of actual strokes. The center also recognizes that golfers committed to improvement can’t sacrifice practice time just because the course is full of rain, snow, or carnivorous fog. Thus, when the 24,000 square feet of grass tees aren’t available due to these or other concerns, players can continue to practicing their drives and chips on the 38 covered Fiberbuilt mats, some of which are also heated. At dusk, stadium-level lights flicker on to ensure the continuous bombardment of golf balls into the night sky.
The first hole on the course at Rustic Hills Country Club carves an arc along the westerly banks of Rustic Hills Lake, a dramatic opening to the relatively short nine-hole track. With a par of 32, the course is dominated by four par 3s, yet makes up for its shorter layout with frequent hills that force swing adjustments and a steady diet of golf balls for the course's many water hazards?including one that almost entirely surrounds the seventh green.
Just off the golf course, the stately grounds of Rustic Hills Country Club encompass a fine- dining restaurant, Fireside Restaurant and Lounge which is also open to the public. Membership opportunities are available. Contact Rustic Hills for more information.
Golf: Inside & Out’s resident golf guru David Geier offers a comprehensive approach to golf training, helping golfers on their path to mastering the technical, tactical, physical, and mental elements of the game. As players pulverize golf balls at the studio’s indoor hitting bays, the watchful instructor observes and analyzes each swing with video technology. Golf students benefit from watching a video of their swings in slow motion, helping them understand nuggets of corrective advice and sympathize with brutally compressed golf balls. Geier also teaches principles of course management, physical training, and the mental and emotional training necessary to execute golf shots on a subconscious level, a process which can incorporate hypnotherapy.
Golf: Inside & Out also helps aspiring Arnold Palmers refine their skills with advanced club-fitting services. The shop's high-tech module evaluates customers' putts and swings, then tailors a custom blueprint that helps determine correct shaft flex, launch angle, and grip size. The device can also clarify the most compatible ball for a particular club.
Established in 1963, Valleaire Golf Club is carved into the wooded landscape of Hinckley, Ohio. The golf club stays open year-round, even during the winter, so long as the course hasn't been buried by snow or taken over by vacationing polar bears. During rounds, players navigate the 18-hole, par 72 layout while overcoming various obstacles?especially water, which comes into play on nearly half the holes. After they've successfully passed all the course's challenges, golfers can celebrate their accomplishments by visiting the clubhouse or stocking up on gear in the pro shop.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Distance of 6,528 yards from the back tees * Four tees per hole * Course rating of 70.6 * Course slope of 121 * Click here to view the scorecard.