Putt-Putt Fun Center woos club wielders with pintsize golf challenges, video arcades, and snack stands. Savvy putters can contest 18 challenging holes and three courses with their iron legs, coaxing balls into holes with golf claps and trails of breadcrumbs. Between games, guests vie for prizes at the video arcade and guzzle soda-fountain suds or practice faux swordfights with tall cups of frozen treats from the snackatorium.
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Expert instructors Jim Garrett and Tim Holt—a PGA professional—impart the fundamentals of driving and putting during a four-week program. The first three lessons last 1.5 hours, and the final lasts 2.5 hours. Though students may bring their own clubs, all necessary equipment will be provided. Choose from eight different sessions on the program schedule, one of which is ladies only; the first program begins on May 7.
[[m:####Juday Creek Golf Course
Instead of easing into a well-earned retirement after years in the restaurant business, Mike and Linda Rogers decided to embark on a new challenge: building a golf course. In 1989, they opened Juday Creek Golf Course, whose bent-grass fairways strike enough of a balance between challenging and accessible to have won the Indiana Golf Course Owners Association’s 2009 award for Indiana Golf Course of the Year.
Now managed by the couple’s daughter Michelle Wittig, the course’s emerald expanses continue to compel swingers of all stripes to lace up their cleated shoes and argyle garter belts. A journey across the course’s thirteen holes brings one face-to-face with manifold water hazards, many of which stand directly in the path to the putting green. There are 56 sand traps that raise the stakes of each game even higher, making for tough shots and partners who would rather build sandcastles instead of continuing on. Before or after games, golfers can take lessons and receive personal feedback from a pair of skilled instructors, one of whom is a PGA professional.
Course at a Glance:
The course at Sauganash Golf Club showcases two eras of golf-course design: it features a front nine built in 1924 by A. W. Tillinghast, prolific designer of such legendary courses as Bethpage Black and Baltusrol, and a back nine built 47 years later. This baby of cross-generational construction challenges golfers of all skill levels, as players must try a wide spectrum of golf shots to get through the holes spanning 6,194 yards across the heavily wooded land adjacent to the St. Joseph River. The front nine demand precise drives down tight fairways, and the back nine require a firm handle on distance to avoid penalty strokes for winding up in the river or any one of the Great Lakes.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,194 yards from the back tees
Three sets of tees per hole
The Pete Dye Golf Trail links seven courses throughput Indiana and reaches its northern terminus at the 18-hole Mystic Hills Golf Club, a challenging course set amongst wetlands and woodlands, presenting elements of links and parkland layouts. Here, the golf course design skills that made Pete Dye a household name manifest through fairways rolling through native prairie grasses and sand bunkers standing sentry to each green—difficult obstacles for golfers accustomed to only hitting into fairways with bumpers. Furthermore, players should be wary of getting too comfortable with playing the links-style front nine, as the back nine presents a more traditional layout stocked with trees and other organic hazards.
Course at a Glance:
Noble Hawk Golf Links brings the haggis-flavored flair of Scottish course design to Northeast Indiana. Hole 1 (par four) is a moderate-length opener with gently rolling slopes that make it seem deceptively simple to bypass the fairway bunkers. From there, a round gets rowdier with diverse challenges such as a huge mound bisecting the green at Hole 5; a drive between water at Hole 4; a large, undulated green at Hole 15; and a narrow, three-tiered green at Hole 13. Click here to take an online tour of the course, or let the innovation, diversity, and deer napping on the luscious greenery surprise you while you play.
Greenside and fairway bunkers, water hazards, and various other obstacles team up to make rounds at Indian Run Golf Club a challenge for players of all levels.
Course at a Glance