MAN Golf Management’s facilities give players myriad ways to curb their golf cravings. Coffin Golf Club and Riverside Golf Course invite guests to play through more than 6,200 yards of golf apiece, with three to four tees per hole and prevailing winds that can send shots sailing into sand bunkers or water hazards. Meanwhile, the Riverside Golf Academy lets players practice on 16 covered hitting stalls, 18 outdoor hitting mats, two grass chipping practice greens, and one indoor putting green. There, instructors also host private lessons to help golfers sharpen their swings without replacing their drivers with lumberjack axes.
Fully focused on recreation?whether it's kicking a soccer ball or launching off a moon bounce?The Plex and The Plex South offer a huge variety of sports and entertainment for all ages. The original location, The Plex, is home to 45,000 square feet of indoor sports-centric facilities, including an inline rink, two soccer XLTurf fields, and a parking lot for competitive four-square matches. In the warmer months, two stadiums and fifteen outdoor fields are available for activities such as flag football, outdoor soccer, and summer youth programs.
The Plex South takes a more casual approach to activities, with offerings such as mini golf, batting cages, and birthday parties, in addition to sports leagues and programs. Batters of all ages can step into the batting cages for both softball and baseball batting practice, with speeds ranging from slow lob to Randy Johnson fireball. Meanwhile, aspiring golfers or Caddyshack III extras putt and swing clubs year-round at either the driving ranges, or 18-hole mini golf.
Quail Crossing Golf Club's 320 acres aren't just a place for golfers?it's also home to many different plant species. Bluestem, winter wheat, and other prairie grasses trace the outlines of bermuda fairways; black-eyed Susans rear their resplendent heads in the summertime; and oak, maple, and sycamore trees cast their shadows over each rolling hill. Architect Tom Doak employed these organic elements into balance with white silica sand bunkers and old mining quarry that envelops five holes, creating a picturesque backdrop for players as they chart their shot selections over the 6,758-yard course and collect samples to make a divot bouquet.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 6,758 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.8 from the back tees * Course slope of 132 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Salt Creek Golf Retreat's spacious swath hosts 18 challenging golf holes with an overall par of 71. Mounted astride their GPS-equipped rolling steeds, heroes will zigzag across Salt Creek seven times as they chase the elusive dream of a perfect plaid outfit across 18 greens, zinging dimpled enemy spheres across sparkling lakes, white sand bunkers, and—hopefully—into small dark holes (a $34.50–$44.50 value/person). After besting a bevy of balls, players can retire to the clubhouse to feast on a lunch of a hot dog, soda, and chips (a $6 value/person) while eye-eating Salt Creek's scenic greensward, which borders the lush forests of noted photo-bait Brown County State Park. Today's deal also keeps quadruplets in the loop—fraternal foursomes can procure fairway togetherness by purchasing two Groupons.
South Gleason Golf Course tests players with an 18-hole layout that stretches across more than 6,300 yards of bent-grass greens. The par 71 course originally opened in 1928, shortly after experts figured out how to domesticate golf carts. Players have since flocked to the public links ever since to take on its various challenges, including several holes riddled by water hazards. Away from the course, visitors can work on their short game at an on-site putting green and chipping area. They can also collect pointers from the facility's teaching professional and celebrate low scores at its full-service bar.
When designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. made Prairie View Golf Club his first Indiana project in 1997, he peppered 18 holes across 206 acres of natural beauty. His design hugs the White River, which rings the course on three sides, but only interferes with shots at four holes. Native grasses trim the entire perimeter of the former soybean- and cornfields, while oak, sycamore beech, and cottonwood trees surround the back nine holes. But the natural obstacles pale in comparison to the manmade impediments – 90 sand traps, including one that stretches 135 yards, make the par-72 course a challenge for even the most avid golfer. Creative flagstick positioning invites visitors to modify their technique for approach shots, with an emphasis on precision rather than power, much like surgically extracting a swallowed engagement ring.
For some added muscle on the course, patrons can practice swings at golf lessons or map out a plan of attack over breakfast at The Albatross Grille, which overlooks the course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, Par 72 Course * Total length of 7,000 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 74.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 138 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole