At Quarry Ridge, golfers work on a full bag of golf skills, ranging from miniature course tap-ins to 300-yard wallops on the driving range to shot-making selections on the 9-hole executive course. Six out of nine holes on the executive course measure less than 300 yards, demanding accuracy over rocket-fueled golf balls on six par 4s and three par 3s. If players want to add distance to their drives or hone shorter shots, they can log some practice time on the lighted driving range, complete with both grass tees and covered mats. Nearby, a miniature-golf course invites all ages of putters to roll golf balls over the 18-hole layout while laying chase to the par of 54.
Mudbrook Golf Center gives golfers the tools and instruction they need to shave strokes and thoroughly enjoy the game. The shop's selection of gear by top industry brands such as TaylorMade, Nike, and Titleist complements instruction from PGA professionals. Within lessons, the pros rely on time-earned golfing wisdom augmented by digital diagnostics, which help students clearly see swing imbalances such as flat backswings, over-rotation, or excessive celebrations.
PGA instructor Paul Newman's resumé includes positions as president of the Southeast Chapter of the Southern Ohio PGA of America and President's Council member of the PGA. Elton Sargent, the outfit's club-fitting and sword-whittling specialist, has worked directly with club manufacturers and brands such as Mizuno, and has taught more than 6,000 lessons. Together they bolster ball-thwacking skills with techniques based on advanced TPI 3D motion-capture technology. The wireless system simultaneously analyzes posture, swing plane, clubface position, and favorite flavor of golf ball, communicating the results through data that are interpreted by an experienced golf instructor. Performance Golf Academies of America also utilizes The Optimal Motion Instructor (TOMI) putting-training system, which assesses putts from backstroke to follow-through and postputt pirouette.
Ables Golf on Avery doesn't let the seasons dictate business. Players can improve their skills year-round thanks to 30 covered and heated tees, and, during warmer months, aim for the dozen target greens while swinging across two acres of grass tees. Even with these expansive driving-range areas, Ables doesn't neglect the short game. The facility also boasts a tournament-quality putting green, a pair of pitching greens, and a nicely landscaped 18-hole miniature golf course that's ideal for family outings, younger children, and training baby golf carts. As an added bonus, PGA and LPGA instructors are also available on site for group and private lessons.
Back Nine Family Fun Center condenses fun into the small, dimpled orbs of golf balls. At its driving range, clubs propel these balls as players hone each aspect of their swing. A nearby mini-golf course offers opportunities for good-natured family competition and successful confrontations with a windmill, and a pro shop stocks used clubs.
Indian Trail Golf Center acts as a peaceful practice oasis for players to perfect swings and hone their skills. Upon arrival, golfers insert tokens into the ball dispenser to receive their allotted balls, which cascade into the bucket and jostle to be the first off the tee. The driving range is home to synthetic mats and natural-grass stations. In inclement weather, 10 covered hitting stations keep players dry as they blast balls into lower orbit and try to dislodge hail from rain clouds. After buckets have been depleted and swings satisfied, players can head to the practice green and squeeze in as many tap-ins as daylight allows. Indian Trail Golf Center stays open from 9 a.m. to dusk every day of the week except Tuesday, when it opens at noon.