The course at Sauganash Golf Club showcases two eras of golf-course design: it features a front nine built in 1924 by A. W. Tillinghast, prolific designer of such legendary courses as Bethpage Black and Baltusrol, and a back nine built 47 years later. This baby of cross-generational construction challenges golfers of all skill levels, as players must try a wide spectrum of golf shots to get through the holes spanning 6,194 yards across the heavily wooded land adjacent to the St. Joseph River. The front nine demand precise drives down tight fairways, and the back nine require a firm handle on distance to avoid penalty strokes for winding up in the river or any one of the Great Lakes.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Total length of 6,194 yards from the back tees
Three sets of tees per hole
Sculpted into the landscape just north of the Pokagon State Park, Country Meadows Golf Resort utilizes the area's hilly terrain on the 18-hole, par-72 course to challenge golfers with narrow fairways and numerous waterways. Meticulously maintained by superintendent Chris Rudolph and general manager Joe Rudolph, the course's layout explodes with vibrant colors and lush playing surfaces. Sunlight glints off the cerulean surfaces of the course?s plentiful water hazards, which flank the fourth and ninth holes. A stream guards the third hole?s putting green, demanding that golfers sheath their jousting sticks while building a drawbridge to reach the pin.
Course at a Glance:
*18-hole, par-72 course
*Length of 6,010 yards from farthest set of tees
*Course rating of 69.3 from farthest set of tees
*Slope rating of 124 from farthest set of tees
Greenside and fairway bunkers, water hazards, and various other obstacles team up to make rounds at Indian Run Golf Club a challenge for players of all levels.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Distance of 6,808 yards from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * Course rating of 72.6 * Course slope of 126 * Click here to view the scorecard.
Grand Prairie Golf Course stretches across the rolling countryside with a nine-hole, 1,710-yard executive layout that features six par 3s and three short par 4s. The course's longest hole measures 287 yards with many shorter designs that cater to beginners and golfers trying to squeeze in a quick round before sunset, when golf carts turn back into pumpkins.
Golf instructor Ann Marie Roschek draws from 10 years of experience to help golfers lower scores in private lessons and group clinics, and the course pro shop keeps clubbers in the latest golf apparel and equipment from brands including Monterey Club, US Kids Golf, and Adams Golf.
Course at a Glance:
9-hole, par 30 executive course
Course rating of 27.4 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 80 from the farthest tees
Men's and ladies' tee options
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Expert instructors Jim Garrett and Tim Holt—a PGA professional—impart the fundamentals of driving and putting during a four-week program. The first three lessons last 1.5 hours, and the final lasts 2.5 hours. Though students may bring their own clubs, all necessary equipment will be provided. Choose from eight different sessions on the program schedule, one of which is ladies only; the first program begins on May 7.
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Instead of easing into a well-earned retirement after years in the restaurant business, Mike and Linda Rogers decided to embark on a new challenge: building a golf course. In 1989, they opened Juday Creek Golf Course, whose bent-grass fairways strike enough of a balance between challenging and accessible to have won the Indiana Golf Course Owners Association’s 2009 award for Indiana Golf Course of the Year.
Now managed by the couple’s daughter Michelle Wittig, the course’s emerald expanses continue to compel swingers of all stripes to lace up their cleated shoes and argyle garter belts. A journey across the course’s thirteen holes brings one face-to-face with manifold water hazards, many of which stand directly in the path to the putting green. There are 56 sand traps that raise the stakes of each game even higher, making for tough shots and partners who would rather build sandcastles instead of continuing on. Before or after games, golfers can take lessons and receive personal feedback from a pair of skilled instructors, one of whom is a PGA professional.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,940 yards * Course rating of 73.3 * Slope rating of 134 * Four tee options * See the scorecard and layout:
Named after the prolific course architect who sculpted its front nine in 1927, Donald Ross Golf Club offers an 18-hole, par 72 layout that cleaves through groves of towering trees. Though the longer of the two nines, the front eases golfers into the round with more straight-forward holes—three of the four opening holes are among the five easiest on the course. More difficult terrain awaits on the back nine, where golf balls may be lost or set free in a stream that cuts across six different holes.
The Club offers a practice green where golfers can get a feel for the speed of the course conditions by chipping, putting, and slip-and-sliding across its grassy surface. In the event of inclement weather, players can head inside, where a Foresight golf simulator offers digital recreations of rounds at Carnoustie, Cog Hill, and other world-famous courses.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,821 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.5 from the tips * Slope rating of 126 from the tips * Four tee options