The 18-hole course at Glenmary Country Club presents players of every ability level a challenging test of their capacity for long, booming drives and cup-seeking putts. If club swingers are to threaten the course par of 72, they must first surmount a battery of hazards that range from the synthetic, such as strategically placed bunkers, to the natural, such as trees and a tendency to trip on shoelaces. Golfers pursuing better on-the-course performance can work on whittling away strokes on the pitching and putting green, or practice strokes of an altogether different sort on the club's tennis courts or in the club pool.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,542 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 135 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Since 1994, golfers have traversed the bermuda fairways and cleverly dodged the natural springs that mark the course at Indian Springs Golf Club. With water playing a tricky role on every single hole, the par 72 championship track is a true challenge. Holes range from the relatively simple 365-yard par 4 opener to the course's signature 11th. The 18th hole caps the round with a stream that must be crossed three times, plus bunkers that nearly surround the green, forcing players to put their own punctuation mark on the day's festivities.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,698 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 73 from the back tees
Course slope of 131 from the back tees
Composed of seven par 3s and two par 4s each no longer than 265 yards, the nine holes of Cherry Valley Golf Course present both the beginning and seasoned golfer with low-stress opportunities for improvement. Players zip around the 1,584-yard stretch aboard 2006-model Club Car Precedent golf carts—a far cry from the options available when the course was built in 1932 and players had to rely on zeppelins for transport. Gerald Mason has served as the head professional since he bought the course in 2001, helping players overcome game hurdles through one-on-one lessons.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 29 course * Total length of 1,584 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Golf Shores Fun Center's mini metropolis of family fun welcomes guests of all ages with two mini-golf courses, an arcade, and ample space for groups of frolicking tykes. Sapphire waters trickle down stone walls and spring from rocky outcrops alongside the outdoor mini-golf course, where subtly sloping greens can complicate even the shortest of gimmies. At Golf Shores' indoor course, players traverse a darkened wonderland illuminated by black lights and neon décor, where both jungle- and underwater-themed decorations convince phosphorescent golf balls that they are amphibious.
Alongside the putters' park, joystick jockeys can warp into the Center's video arcade and take aim at pixilated game in Extreme Hunting or contemplate the nutritional value of blue ghosts while playing Ms. Pac-Man. The Center also encompasses a cozy coffee shop with free wireless Internet.
Designed by architect Buck Blankenship, the fairways of Shelbyville Country Club's 18-hole course circumnavigate a horseshoe-shaped lake and they gently rise and fall over the rolling hills of Shelby County. Narrow fairways lined with mature trees offset the course's relatively short 6,400-yard length, setting the tone for a round that rewards accuracy and course management over flashy drives and flame-decaled golf bags. A fully stocked pro shop lies at the course's trailhead, offering players the latest in clubs and gear, and a staff of two resident aces stands ready to adjust swings and impart strategic advice during private and group lessons. Along with the immaculate landscape, Shelbyville Country Club boasts two outdoor tennis courts and an Olympic-size pool featuring a gated kiddie pool and play area, all of which are patrolled by a lifeguard and Mark Spitz's mustache.
Course at a Glance:
Course rating of 71.7 from the back tees
Slope rating of 122 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
Max yardage is 6,379
Clear Creek Golf Center's nine-hole, executive layout spreads its fairways and greens across 1,665 yards of Kentucky countryside. With six par 3s and three par 4s, the course is anchored by the longest and most difficult hole, a 331-yard par 4 where players will feel compelled to unsheathe their driver or airlift their ball with a remote-controlled helicopter. The scaled-down layout offers closer tees and scoring designed for junior golfers, making it a sound venue for youngsters to master the game. Before rounds, players can stretch out their swings at the center’s 285-yard driving range or at the practice green, which features putting and chipping surfaces. In addition, head PGA professional Derrick Griffitts and his staff offer lessons and clinics for those looking to straighten out a chronic slice or actors researching for their starring role in a character study about a forlorn sand wedge. Course at a Glance: * Nine-hole, par 30 course * Length of 1,665 yards from the farthest tees * Three tee options