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 this 6,817-yard Northeast Indiana haunt. A moderate-length opener, hole 1 (par 4) tests club-wielding precision from the first tee with a series of deep bunkers hugging well-contoured fairways. From there, a round gets rowdier with diverse challenges such as a drive between water at hole 4, a huge mound bisecting the green at hole 5, and an over-water tee-shot into a large, undulating green at hole 15. Click here to take an online tour of the course, or let the innovation, diversity, and slumbering deer on the luscious greenery surprise you while you play. Pre- or post-round, practice drives with the large bucket of balls to fine-tune form and eliminate embarrassing mid-swing pirouettes.
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:
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.
[[m:####Juday Creek Golf Course
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:
Playing mini-golf at the Fun Center at Paige's Crossing is like stepping into a storybook. Three different 18-hole courses transport players to fantastic locales such as castles, Old West streets, or the giant loafer that's home to the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. Indeed, most of the attractions at Paige's Crossing lets its visitors escape into their imaginations. They can become racecar drivers at a go-kart track, conductors on a Runaway Train mini-rollercoaster, and PGA stars at the driving range.
Other activities take families indoors. A symphony of electronic beeps fills the arcade, where players shoot basketballs or collect redemption tickets from skee-ball machines. In colder months, these indoor spaces transform into a Winter Jumperland complete with inflated bounce castles and plenty of parking for reindeer.