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.
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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-71 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.
On Country Meadows Golf Resort grounds, players can rest easy in accommodations equipped with two double beds. In the common-area hospitality pavilion, a TV with cable hookup broadcasts tantalizing picture images, and gas and charcoal grills and a fire pit provide cookout opportunities. Each morning, players can enjoy a continental breakfast before heading off to the links; at the end of the day, they can adjourn to the CM Snack Cafe and browse the pro shop for golf gloves to keep their prints from showing up on the clubs gone missing from their playing partners' bags.
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*18-hole, par-71 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
Under new owners and management, the championship-style course at Indian Run Golf Club challenges golfers and soothes senses with lush, manicured greens, tree-lined fairways, and watery accents. Throughout the 18 varied holes, four sets of tees boast a yardage ranging from 5,028 to 6,808, helping both novices and expert ball flingers hone their skills. Guests happily putt amid emerald vistas without the liability that comes with a makeshift cul-de-sac driving range while intermittently exploring the grounds on one of Indian Run’s carts. A pro shop and eatery on the premises give visitors the opportunity to refuel hardworking muscles and hungry pitching wedges.
Noble Hawk Golf Links brings the haggis-flavored flair of Scottish course design to Northeast Indiana. Hole 1 (par four) is a moderate-length opener with gently rolling slopes that make it seem deceptively simple to bypass the fairway bunkers. From there, a round gets rowdier with diverse challenges such as a huge mound bisecting the green at Hole 5; a drive between water at Hole 4; a large, undulated green at Hole 15; and a narrow, three-tiered green at Hole 13. Click here to take an online tour of the course, or let the innovation, diversity, and deer napping on the luscious greenery surprise you while you play.
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.
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It’s difficult to hit a target from far away, which is why holes in one are rare and the Goodyear blimp has never been shot successfully with an arrow. Drive hard with a vengeance, thanks to this Groupon.
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.
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