The 9-hole, par-three course at Mulligan Springs, situated in Portage County, challenges, but also subdues, golfers with reflective ponds and mini waterfalls that ripple across rocky structures. Here, the casual, uncrowded atmosphere is especially inviting to novice golfers, who can avoid the air of intimidation and ball washers filled with molasses that come with playing on more difficult courses. As abundant as they are out on the links, Mulligan Springs' modest vibes stretch to its clubhouse area, which features an outdoor patio for relaxing after rounds.
The staff at The Golf Improvement Center knows that shaving strokes is all about getting the little things right. This precision is evident in the center’s facilities, from the 7,500 square-foot putting green modeled after the famous Himalayas putting course at St. Andrews to the seven target greens scattered around the 320-by-300-yard driving range and laser measured to every hitting station. Instead of the oversize range balls at the great majority of driving ranges, which get tired of flying after 100 yards, players hit real regulation golf balls that get recycled every year, which provides the invaluable feel and results of actual strokes. The center also recognizes that golfers committed to improvement can’t sacrifice practice time just because the course is full of rain, snow, or carnivorous fog. Thus, when the 24,000 square feet of grass tees aren’t available due to these or other concerns, players can continue to practicing their drives and chips on the 38 covered Fiberbuilt mats, some of which are also heated. At dusk, stadium-level lights flicker on to ensure the continuous bombardment of golf balls into the night sky.
The first hole on the course at Rustic Hills Country Club carves an arc along the westerly banks of Rustic Hills Lake, a dramatic opening to the relatively short nine-hole track. With a par of 32, the course is dominated by four par 3s, yet makes up for its shorter layout with frequent hills that force swing adjustments and a steady diet of golf balls for the course's many water hazards?including one that almost entirely surrounds the seventh green.
Just off the golf course, the stately grounds of Rustic Hills Country Club encompass a fine- dining restaurant, Fireside Restaurant and Lounge which is also open to the public. Membership opportunities are available. Contact Rustic Hills for more information.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Golf lessons
Pro Tip: Everybody has their own golf swing from which to start from in improving their golf game
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What makes your business stand out?
Golf lessons are based upon the students experience, physical capabilities, equipment, and ability to practice. There is not one golf swing for everyone. We all have our own swing that we have developed over time. Video is available and can be used. Scheduling is very easy and can be done almost anytime.
What inspired you or the owner (if that?s not you) to start or run this business?
Love of the game of golf and the desire to introduce as many people as possible to a lifetime of enjoyment. Also, the immediate gratification that one gets from teaching and sharing like experiences.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Interaction with all types of people and sharing their enjoyment in learning the game of golf.
Stretched across nearly 6,000 yards in Kent, KSU's 18-hole, par 70 course features slick greens and quick playability, meaning golfers can easily fit rounds into their schedules. In 2014, the course experienced several upgrades. Its clubhouse was renovated, its practice green was expanded, and course-side trees were removed after posting notices of eviction to their bark didn't work. The effort primed the property not only for high-quality rounds of golf, but also for games of footgolf?a sport that fuses elements of soccer and golf.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total of 5,810 yards * Four sets of tees per hole * Course rating of 66.3 from the tips * Course slope of 113 from the tips * Scorecard
Sculpted into the Ohio countryside in 1928, Maplecrest Golf Club’s course spans 6,312 yards of immaculate fairways that arch over gentle hilltops for a par 71 round. The club’s intrepid greenskeepers work hard to keep the course in pristine condition, including maintaining an onsite greenhouse where they grow all the course’s plants, trees, flowers, and sand-trap rakes before incorporating them into the layout. Throughout the course, fairways tunnel through imposing tree lines, so players should consider making a preround stop at the club’s driving range or bribing the oldest oak in their neighborhood for favorable treatment from its fellow timbers.