Opened in 1968 as a nine-hole course, Cardinal Hills added a back nine in 1996 to form a 5,614-yard excursion that challenges oncomers with undulating greens and tree-lined fairways. Though relatively short in overall length, the Harold England design presents its fair share of difficulties, forcing players to choose their clubs wisely and to carefully discern which flagsticks are actually remnants of failed moon landings.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 5,614 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70 from the back tees * Course slope of 113 from the back tees
Shadowood Golf Course, a par 72 championship golf course that hosts the Indiana Open tournament, challenges serious and casual golfers alike with 6,709 yards of ponds, creeks, and other natural obstacles. During each 18-hole round, command a cart across the meticulously manicured green, through stately trees, and past vibrant landscaping between sinking difficult shots and challenging surrounding carts to games of chicken. A driving range, sand pit, and practice putting green prep players for full games and roles as extras in golfing films.
GlenOaks challenges the driving, putting, and chipping skills for golfers of all abilities with an 18-hole bermuda-grass course and expansive driving range. The course's bentgrass greens and well-manicured fairways meander between sphere-snatching hazards, including sand traps, sparkling ponds, and surface-to-air golf-ball missiles. Orb-smashers can visit the driving range to hone distance shots on the 10,000-square-foot chipping green, flanked by two sandy bunkers to simulate the hazards. Afterward, recharge over-oscillated appendages with a tasty hot-dog, bratwurst, or sandwich lunch, complete with a bag of chips and a soft drink.
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