Ranked in Golfweek's Best Courses You Can Play in Indiana, the course at Prairie View Golf Club is situated on 206 acres of environmentally protected land along the White River with scenic prairieland and five lakes. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design features natural wetlands with a rushing stream that comes into play on four holes, forcing players to demonstrate deft control or gilled golf bags. On the front nine, the prairie setting invites harsh winds to blow across bentgrass fairways, often knocking shots off course. As players make the turn onto the back nine, they notice a marked difference in the environment, as open prairies give way to tall sycamore, oak, beech, and cottonwood trees lying just beyond the Kentucky bluegrass rough. Across the river lies Conner Prairie, a historical re-enactment village whose elegant, 1830s-era style was adopted for the design of the course's 15,000-square-foot clubhouse.
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Former Georgia PGA Teacher of the Year, Jim Goergen has guided the game improvement of students ranging from amateurs to the PGA Tour. Whether coaching a first-time player, US Amateur Champion and PGA professional Matt Kuchar, or a sentient 6-iron, Jim seeks to hone what he calls the game’s true fundamentals. Boiled down to their most essential components, good swing mechanics consist of a single-plane swing of the club shaft, a square clubface through impact, and an athletic movement to make them happen in unison. All other variables, such as grip, posture, and takeaway, can only enhance the true fundamentals. Additionally, Jim places a great deal of emphasis on the short game, where the average golfer can make the largest improvements in number of strokes and number of putters saved from an angry knee smash.
Golfsmith's online and in-store storerooms house an almost endless list of golf gear for men, women, and children alike. Clubs, balls, and accessories from brands such as TaylorMade, MacGregor, and Callaway give players precise control over their game, and polos and long-sleeved shirts from Nike and Snake Eyes garb players in course-appropriate attire now that tuxedo T-shirts no longer qualify. Along with the extensive collection of equipment and golf bags, Golfsmith also carries GPS systems to give players a high-tech edge and tennis gear to help them overcome the bunkers’ tricky nets.
The Georgia Trail is a 9-hole golf course with rolling greens, a 2.5-acre lake, and numerous streams. Hole six, the most picturesque on the course, measures 191 yards from the back tees and has a water hazard butting up against the green. The onsite Augusta’s Restaurant includes an outdoor cabana bar that overlooks the golf club, surrounded by palm trees, waterfalls, and fire pits filled with lost golf balls. The menu includes homemade soups, hearty salads, and a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and entrees.