Established in 1926, Frankfort Golf Club's verdant landscape is complemented by mature pine and oak trees lining the fairways and impeccably manicured greens that accept putts seven days a week. The par 71 course challenges golfers and retired confectioners with white sugar-sand bunkers, rolling fields of heather, and wild golf carts grazing on excess roughage. The crystalline waters of Prairie Creek wind their way through the fairways and come into play on 12 of the 18 holes. Although not included with today’s deal, two on-site bars hydrate guests with flowing libations, and a practice facility cultivates fundamentals with putting greens and trophy hoisting stations.
Tall, stately pines and deciduous oaks have been flourishing at The Golf Preserve at Frankfort’s 18-hole, par 71 course since its first flagstick sprouted in 1926. Prairie Creek poses scenic obstacles as it meanders through multiple fairways, and avian species found only in central Indiana frequent the course’s emerald alleyways to enjoy lush vegetation and sage advice from feral caddies roaming the land. Golfers must avoid strategically placed white sand bunkers to conquer lengthy par 5’s on holes 3, 12, and 15. After a challenging round, clubbers can unwind at the course’s restaurant while plotting strategies for dominating the course with a new bag of trick sticks made entirely of recycled pool noodles.
Every day, thousands of pins are slammed into submission at the hands of bowlers at Market Square Lanes. Balls ranging from 6 to 16 pounds sail down the bowling center’s 24 lanes as TVs above display scores. Cosmic bowling lights up the lanes every night after 9 p.m. as well as on Saturday afternoons. A snack bar stocked with personal pizzas, hot dogs, soft drinks, and beer ensures bowlers don't have to prowl the lanes cracking bowling balls open for the delicious yolk inside.
A stone-lined creek and two ponds shape the layout at Cool Lake Golf Club, where golfers meander through a 6,008-yard circuit of 18 tricky greens. The creek cuts across four holes on the front nine before fanning out in a wishbone pattern on the back three, where it imperils the lives of golf balls and paper boats fashioned from scorecards. The longest hole on the course—the 590-yard, par-five fifth—is also the most difficult, featuring a dog-leg left and a second shot that must clear the creek to set up an approach. Before beginning their round, golfers can loosen up by hitting balls at the range or turning the ball-washer crank for several hours.
Course at a Glance: * Par 70 course from the back tees * Four sets of tees * Length of 6,008 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 68.8 from the back tees * Slope rating of 117 from the back tees * Scorecard
Sharon Owens lowers the bulb of an ornament into the sharp blue flame of her workstation’s torch, heating the glass until it glows a vibrant yellow. Applying the skills she learned in her schooling at Purdue University, her three-year apprenticeship, and her studies with a host of artisan glassworkers, she presses her mouth to the piece’s hollow stem. Whatever shape it will take, only she knows.
This scene has been a regular occurrence at Inspired Fire since 2002, when Sharon founded her studio in her hometown of Lafayette. The workshop is equipped for all manners of projects, including 4 kilns, 12 torches, and, most importantly, air conditioning. The shop’s staff oversees classes for beginners and advanced glassworkers, as well as offering the space for crafters unable to find the “glass” setting on their microwaves.
Monster Mini Golf welcomes guests of all ages with 18 holes of spooky, glow-in-the-dark fun. Fog machines, colorful lasers, and special effects lighting surround the custom-designed indoor course. Meanwhile, an energetic soundtrack of 70s, 80s, and 90s party music keeps spirits high as the visitors conquer each hole?s monster-themed obstacles and hazards. In between songs, the course DJ pumps up the crowds with interactive games and trivia questions, rewarding lucky winners with take-home prizes. Groups of family and friends can return to one of the private party rooms once they finish the course or they can visit Monster Mini Golf?s arcade and play on the glowing air hockey tables, skee ball machines, and other games.