Described by Peoria Pines’ golf pros as a “power executive” course, Peoria Pines’ 18-hole course presents a scaled-down, 4,412-yard, par 63 layout. The truncated course challenges golfers’ iron play with 11 par 3s and five par 4s, while two lengthy par 5s—which measure 510 and 527 yards—give players an excuse to send golf balls flying with their driver or covert water-balloon launchers. The player-friendly course rests alongside a practice facility with a grass-tee driving range and areas for chipping, putting, and bunker shots.
Views of the course abound from The Palm Room, where executive chef Matt D’Arnese crafts a menu of gourmet pasta, chicken, beef, and fish. The restaurant provides a postround respite for golfers to unwind with a drink from the full-service bar or a chance to assess white tablecloths’ utility as a putting surface.
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