Ranked in Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play in Indiana, the course at Prairie View Golf Club is situated on 206 acres of environmentally protected land along the White River with scenic prairieland and five lakes. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design features natural wetlands with a rushing stream that comes into play on four holes, forcing players to demonstrate deft control or gilled golf bags. On the front nine, the prairie setting invites harsh winds to blow across bentgrass fairways, often knocking shots off course. As players make the turn onto the back nine, they notice a marked difference in the environment, as open prairies give way to tall sycamore, oak, beech, and cottonwood trees lying just beyond the Kentucky bluegrass rough. Across the river lies Conner Prairie, a historical re-enactment village whose elegant, 1830s-era style was adopted for the design of the course's 15,000-square-foot clubhouse.
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Golf is a sport of physical precision and aerial dynamics—won and lost upon the pendulum of your swing. Honey Creek Golf Club's par-72 course features thousands of yards of greenery designed to challenge everyone from first-time clubbers to full-time swingers. The scrupulously maintained course's scenic fairways, challenging slopes, and TifEagle Bermuda greens require patience and an arsenal of shots to conquer. To help carry the burden of lugging around a golf bag filled with iron, wood, and Ziploc bags full of lead dental fillings, Honey Creek Golf Club will let you borrow a motorized cart from its stable of purebred golf carts. Call in advance to schedule your tee time.
When Highland Golf Club received a major makeover in 1986—its 25th anniversary—many elements were updated to make the course more enjoyable, from the open fairways to the undulating greens. What was not changed was its natural Georgia hillside surroundings. It's still covered in blooming azaleas and pear trees, as well as large Loblolly and White Pines. The five lakes that come into play on seven different holes were also left untouched, leaving plenty of obstacles for golfers and somewhere for the majority of the town's fish to live. The result is a more than 50-year-old course that plays like one much younger, with multiple tee boxes and easy navigation that keeps play at a refreshingly speedy pace.
Cleaved through a gallery of towering pines and hardwoods, the fairways of Lake Spivey Golf Course tumble over 6,807 yards of rolling terrain to form a challenging, par 72 layout. Two lengthy par fives—measuring in at 540 and 560 yards from the tips—bookend the front nine and demand a Herculean drive or a zero-gravity golf ball to reach the green in two. A more difficult design awaits on the back nine, with water hazards and herds of golf carts coming into play on six holes and two long par fours rated the courses first- and third-most difficult holes.
Tree-lined fairways, well-guarded pins, and slick, bent-grass greens characterize the layout from start to finish, reflecting the designers' vision for a course that requires both shot-making ability and solid course management to maintain low scores. The course also features a unique 19th hole, letting players enjoy a pressure-free conclusion to their round.
To prepare for their battle with the course's sandtraps, water hazards, and meddlesome tree elves, golfers can practice at Lake Spivey's driving range or take a lesson from PGA-certified golf pro Jeffrey Biggers. Appetites piqued after a day at the links can find relief at The Spivey Grill, which serves a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and other traditional grill fare.
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The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer’s good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.