Composed of seven par 3s and two par 4s each no longer than 265 yards, the nine holes of Cherry Valley Golf Course present both the beginning and seasoned golfer with low-stress opportunities for improvement. Players zip around the 1,584-yard stretch aboard 2006-model Club Car Precedent golf carts—a far cry from the options available when the course was built in 1932 and players had to rely on zeppelins for transport. Gerald Mason has served as the head professional since he bought the course in 2001, helping players overcome game hurdles through one-on-one lessons.
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Since 1994, golfers have traversed the bermuda fairways and cleverly dodged the natural springs that mark the course at Indian Springs Golf Club. With water playing a tricky role on every single hole, the par 72 championship track is a true challenge. Holes range from the relatively simple 365-yard par 4 opener to the course's signature 11th. The 18th hole caps the round with a stream that must be crossed three times, plus bunkers that nearly surround the green, forcing players to put their own punctuation mark on the day's festivities.
Course at a Glance:
GlenOaks challenges the driving, putting, and chipping skills for golfers of all abilities with an 18-hole bermuda-grass course and expansive driving range. The course's bentgrass greens and well-manicured fairways meander between sphere-snatching hazards, including sand traps, sparkling ponds, and surface-to-air golf-ball missiles. Orb-smashers can visit the driving range to hone distance shots on the 10,000-square-foot chipping green, flanked by two sandy bunkers to simulate the hazards. Afterward, recharge over-oscillated appendages with a tasty hot-dog, bratwurst, or sandwich lunch, complete with a bag of chips and a soft drink.
Designed by renowned architect David Pfaff, the 27-hole championship golf course at Quail Chase Golf Club splits into three par-36 courses that wind through the area's lush scotch pine, maple, oak, and dogwood trees. Limber up stiff clubs at the course’s practice facilities, which prep ungainly irons for an 18-hole run with bermuda-grass tees, a USGA practice putting green, and a reserved area for rehearsing pre-shot ritual baths. Golfers can strike through two of the club's three 9-hole courses, manipulating orbs past the angular detours of dogleg holes and around four water hazards during approximately 4.5 hours of play. Concealed cart paths obscure scenery-marring vehicles and help to keep play flowing by restricting fairway victory laps to every other shot.
Glenmary Country Club’s 18-hole golf course sprawls across 6,542 yards of carefully cut fairways as they cleave through lofty trees and neighboring residences. Slick bentgrass greens, multiple water hazards, and horn-blasting garden gnomes supply the bulk of the difficulty on this relatively challenging course, which plays to a par 72 from all three tee options. Divot-tearing duos can loop the emerald links astride a golf cart to save their strength for towering drives and confronting the trash-talking squirrels hiding in the dense tree lines that surround holes six and seven. Glenmary Country Club enforces a dress code that requires all players to wear a collared shirt and prohibits denim.
Legendary linksmen and newcomers to the tour fill out the field of 156 players in the 72nd Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, which is lauded as one of America's 100 greatest golf courses by Golf Digest. Watch as pendulum powerhouses such as Fred Couples, Paul Azinger, and reigning champion Tom Lehman guide dimpled orbs around the course's 42 sand bunkers, terrain lined with trees, and streams where Arnold Palmer practices swimming the butterfly. Meanwhile, an open-air pavilion near Holes 13 and 14 lavishes guests with food and beverages for purchase. Passes are valid for any day of the event; active military personnel receive free grounds admission, and up to four juniors ages 17 and younger can notch free admission with a ticketed adult.
Golf Shores Fun Center's mini metropolis of family fun welcomes guests of all ages with two mini-golf courses, an arcade, and ample space for groups of frolicking tykes. Sapphire waters trickle down stone walls and spring from rocky outcrops alongside the outdoor mini-golf course, where subtly sloping greens can complicate even the shortest of gimmies. At Golf Shores' indoor course, players traverse a darkened wonderland illuminated by black lights and neon décor, where both jungle- and underwater-themed decorations convince phosphorescent golf balls that they are amphibious.
Alongside the putters' park, joystick jockeys can warp into the Center's video arcade and take aim at pixilated game in Extreme Hunting or contemplate the nutritional value of blue ghosts while playing Ms. Pac-Man. The Center also encompasses a cozy coffee shop with free wireless Internet.