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.
Course at a Glance:
Once the location of an unassuming furniture store, the Warehouse of Terrors now crawls with otherworldly denizens whose only interest in carpentry extends to their victims’ coffins. Over the course of 20–25 grisly minutes, interlopers navigate mazes built from derelict pallets and wend their way through vignettes populated by ghastly mannequins. Zombies, specters, and clowns lie in wait in the dark rooms, between which lie claustrophobic hallways, uneven walkways, and exit signs that point only downward.
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.
When award-winning percussionist Paul Peterson isn't showcasing his rhythmic skills live, he trains budding beat keepers at Backbeat Percussion Studios. During private lessons, he focuses not only on more common instruments, such as drum sets and snare drums, but on what he calls total percussion. This encompasses most of an orchestra's percussion section, from the rumbling timpani to the soft patter of two pillows banging against one another. Such well roundness lends Paul's students an advantage as they audition for ensembles such as drum lines or all-state orchestras. Equally useful are Paul's group lessons, where activities like drum circles help pupils adjust to playing with other musicians.
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