From their perch atop the elevated tee box on Teetering Rocks Golf Course’s signature third hole, players attack the heart-shaped green with a barrage of dimpled spheres. This memorable stroke represents just one component of a player’s bid for the 18-hole track’s par of 65, a difficult feat that stands at odds with the course’s relaxed ambiance. Clocking in at 4,309 yards from the back tees, the course typically takes less than three hours to complete, leaving the rest of a player’s day wide open for polishing golf balls and engaging a passion for golf-club puppetry.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par-65 course
* Total length of 4,309 yards from the back tees
* Course rating of 58.9 from the back tees
* Course slope of 90 from the back tees
At this 9-acre family fun center, orb-tossers young and old drive spheres down 32 glossy lanes, and miniature-golf enthusiasts putt their way around a desert-themed 18-hole course. Tepees, outcroppings, and an active waterfall cover the pint-size fairways and greens, creating a unique layout that was named Best Miniature Golf in 2011 by the Riverfront Times.
Nearby, nine batting cages hurl baseballs and softballs at varying speeds, and three sand volleyball courts await bouts of friendly competition. Overlooking the sandy courts, an outdoor deck invites guests to lounge in the sun with casual fare from the cafe. The indoor section pumps jukebox tunes as pool balls sink into the pockets of the billiards table or a passing kleptomaniac.
Zoysia-grass fairways and bentgrass greens weave through the water-kissed grounds of Longview Lake Park to form Fred Arbanas Golf Course?s 18-hole championship layout. Relatively open fairways invite aggressive shots off of the tee, back-loading the difficulty with large, fast greens?which were renovated in 2009?that make any two-putt or impromptu croquet contest a tricky proposition. The back nine takes golfers along the shores of Longview Lake, where scenic panoramas abound at spots such as the course?s signature 403-yard, par 4 12th hole, where an elevated green looks out onto placid waters. Just north of the championship-length course, golfers fine-tune their short and midrange games at a 9-hole par 3 course or attempt to break the sound barrier by belting drives at the full-length, grass-tee driving range.
Dennis Walters has been surrounded by the game of golf since he was very young. He learned the game from his father, a PGA professional, and turned pro at the tender age of 18 with help from world-renowned teachers including Butch Harmon.
Dennis’s golf career has allowed him to whittle the notoriously difficult game down to three key areas: the swing, the mental game, and physical fitness. During lessons, he works to teach proper, easily repeatable swings that are based on core and lower-body movement. To this, he adds tips about mental preparation, teaching his students the value of learning proper practice techniques and eliminating negative thoughts such as wondering if they left the iron on in the middle of a downswing. Lastly, he advocates for proper physical conditioning through exercise, which can help golfers increase their distance and accuracy but also allow them to play late into their lives.
Local highways, driveways, and parking lots teem with sparkling cars thanks in part to Country Club Car Wash's 20-plus years of automotive grooming. The touchless wash systems and detailers dole out doses of products seven days a week, catering to cars whose conditions range from "in need of a quick rinse," to "coated in ostrich feathers and silly string." Country Club's unlimited wash clubs allow motorists to sanitize their cars as often as they see fit, and the wash stations at each facility are flanked by a Mobil On the Run. For cars that need a little more TLC, motorists can steer into one of the two full-service stations.
A singular mission pervades every private golf lesson, junior camp, and club-fitting session at Robin Nigro Golf Academy: help golfers play their best. Robin and her father oversee day-to-day operation of the academy, accepting golfers of every stripe into their program for instruction on developing skills and appreciation for the game even when golf balls refuse to obey orders. Robin herself draws upon a deep well of golf knowledge, having played on the Futures Mini Tour and qualified for the 1993 Women's U.S. Open despite taking up the game at the ripe old age of 23. The facility also features a double-decker driving range that is heated and outfitted with automatic ball dispensers.