To step back in time to when the cedars, oaks, and pines around Wellington Golf Club were first groomed and pared away to make room for fairways and greens would be to see a landscape at once familiar and different. The year was 1919, and the sounds of cattlemen driving herds up the Chisholm Trail would ring through the air, accompanying the sights of a town not 50 years old. Yet that early course's modesty would be recognizable—and very much part of the draw.
The designers kept much of the surrounding growth intact, forcing players to thread their tee shots down somewhat narrow fairways to span the 6,201 yards. This emphasis on accuracy soaks through to the rest of the course as well. The relatively small greens' fast bent grass demands deft iron play and a soft putting touch. And getting there through variable gusts is half the challenge. But Wellington Golf Club doesn't leave its clubbers stranded in that regard—a driving range holds tees at both ends so that drivers can calibrate to different wind directions without relying on their protractors and trajectory calculations.
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Cherry Oaks Golf Course’s 18-hole layout invites golfers to swing through a lush labyrinth of relatively open fairways. After an awkward adolescence as a nine-hole course, the layout now bears mature distinctions such as a back nine that opened for play in 2005, 250 trees that have been taking root since 2007, and concrete cart paths built in the past two years. The club's driving range and practice green help players hone their pin-hunting form, a necessary measure to prepare for a fast-starting round at the links, where the first hole—a 488-yard par 4—is also the course's most difficult. Clubs and apparel from Titleist, Ping, and Footjoy line the shelves of the pro shop](http://gr.pn/fKX4Cb) for those in need of some new divot-tearing gear. Cherry Oaks also rents out an outdoor pavilion and offers catering for any occasions or get-togethers to mourn the tragic snapping of a cherished 6-iron.
A nine-hole course ideal for a leisurely midday game or early morning jaunt, Tee Time Golf Course unfolds across level terrain unencumbered by an overabundance of sand bunkers and water hazards. Hurtling orbs sail into the sky at an onsite driving range, where players can hone swings in anticipation of holes four, five, and nine, numbers which not only signify Tee Time?s toughest obstacles, but also the toughest questions on the drivers-ed exam for a golf cart.
Since its opening in 1973, Suppesville Golf Course's nine-hole spread has enveloped golfers in a pleasant cocoon of low stress through rolling countryside. The design team of Joyce Hamm and Stanley Suppes wove strips of bermuda-grass fairway among its trees and pastures, leaving water in play on seven of the holes.
Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 36 course * Total length of 2,783 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 65.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 102 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole
A chain of lakes runs through Hidden Lakes Golf Course, intersecting the land from the southwest to the northwest corner. When surveying the plot ahead of the course's 1958 opening, architect Floyd Farley wanted to capitalize on the chain's natural landscape, and wove the 18 holes around and over the waterways to present a sense of challenge and surprise.
The course name arose organically out of the layout, as did a popularity with golfers that continues to this day. Water is in play on ten holes around the 6,773-yard layout, and trees crowd the fairways on a good deal more. For a better shot at conquering the course or at least posting scores closer to the par of 72, players may need to put some time in at the practice center. Here they can hone accuracy with drivers and irons on the driving range, and build an intimidating aura with forward, backward, and between-the-legs putting strokes on the pair of large practice putting greens.
The executive layout at Sierra Hills Golf Club presents a par 58 course that covers 3,100 yards and features 4 par 4s and 14 par 3s. The terrain careens across gently undulating bluegrass and past six water features, including a crescent-shaped pond that wraps itself nearly all the way around one of the greens, forming a moat to prevent local mini-golf courses from setting up windmill colonies. The 18th hole offers a dramatic end to the round, as golfers must send approach shots soaring over a water hazard stationed directly in front of the green. Sierra Hills Golf Club complements its pared-down layout with a full-length, 35-stall, natural-grass driving range, where guests can drive or bicycle-kick practice balls up to 300 yards into the distance.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 58 course designed by Leo Johnson * Course rating of 70 * Slope rating of 113 * Three sets of tees