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
Mark Weghorst knows a thing or two about developing a sound golf game—the Carmel native played golf at Brebeuf Jesuit and went on to win the Mid-American Conference tournament as an individual while playing at Ohio's Miami University. After competing on several professional mini tours, Mark has returned to the Indianapolis area to help other golfers fine-tune their games. During lessons, golfers correct any flaws in their swings from Mark’s feedback, aided with V1 Pro video swing analysis and the trackman launch monitor . His lessons put to use all of the amenities at Zionsville Golf Practice Center, which has a driving range with heated stalls, a wedge range for short-game practice, and a plane board—a training device that helps golfers break the habit of slicing a shot into another dimension.
The narrow fairways of Thatcher Golf Course wind through dense forest that looms threateningly and forces players to exhibit control. Its nine holes are spread over a short and relatively flat layout. Water and sand hazards lie ready to swallow wayward golf balls on four holes, and mature oak trees guard three others, thwarting approaches with outstretched boughs. Should golfers want to threaten the course par of 35, they must rely on their accuracy, as opposed to distance or guardian golfmothers.
With an 18-hole course, indoor and outdoor driving ranges, and three simulators, Gray Eagle Golf Course & Academy fashions itself as a golf destination dedicated to enjoyable play and improvement. On the course, golfers can play from one of four sets of tees for their journey over the tees, greens, and fairways of bentgrass?a soft material known for its short root system, not its belief that every golfer is a supernatural being. Measuring 6,739 yards from the back tees, the layout may feel longer because holes 1, 9, 10, and 18 are each par 5s, bookending the front and back nines with 500-yard behemoths. When the weather fails to cooperate, the academy keeps golfers swinging with ample opportunities for indoor play, including a massive indoor practice facility, heated and covered outdoor driving-range stalls, and indoor simulators loaded with such world-renowned courses as Kapalua Plantation, Pinehurst No. 2, and St. Andrews.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,739 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 131 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
The certified fitness trainers at KS Platinum Sports Performance have one goal: to train each person who enters their gym to reach their full fitness potential. They helm programs tailored to whipping athletes into shape that focus on honing their bodies for their specific athletic endeavor, whether it be golfing, playing football, or participating in a hot-dog-eating contest. In group boot-camp-style classes and one-on-one training sessions, they motivate nonathletes to build their overall strength and shed pounds. The trainers strive to cultivate an environment of friendly competition among their charges, touting the proverb, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
Nestled alongside the White River, Winding River Golf Course weaves through rolling terrain dotted with groves of trees and Audubon nature areas. Measuring 6,672 yards from the tips, the course's undulating layout showcases a host of compelling holes, culminating in an epic par five 18th hole, a 543-yard behemoth that provides a satisfying end to the round.
Seasoned instructors help golfers on their path to longer drives, fewer putts, and lower scores at Winding River's golf academy. An indoor studio equipped with video swing analysis fosters improvements of swing mechanics, and club-fitting services ensure that average golfers aren't saddled with clubs designed for massive Viking-people.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,672 yards from the tips * Course rating of 71.3 from the tips * Slope rating of 118 from the tips * Four tee options * Scorecard