Though lush fairways and gently undulating greens have replaced the acres of cornfields at Country Oaks Golf Club, quaint reminders of the course’s bucolic past are everywhere. A tall white silo stands sentry at the first tee box, greeting golfers as they head out for their round. A white picket fence proves a common sight as it cordons off the 140-acre plot from the surrounding farmland and prevents trespassing by ghostly baseball players.
First tee shots on the 514-yard, par 5 opening hole will need to clear a small pond—an early introduction to the water scattered throughout the rest of the course. In fact, 4 out of the first 5 tee shots will need to clear water, and 11 feature water prominently at some point. On the watery, 300-yard 18th hole, the long shadow of the old silo welcomes golfers back in as they sink their final putts and head into the Dairy Barn, now home to the course pro shop.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,958 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73 from the back tees * Course slope of 129 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
A stone-lined creek and two ponds shape the layout at Cool Lake Golf Club, where golfers meander through a 6,008-yard circuit of 18 tricky greens. The creek cuts across four holes on the front nine before fanning out in a wishbone pattern on the back three, where it imperils the lives of golf balls and paper boats fashioned from scorecards. The longest hole on the course—the 590-yard, par-five fifth—is also the most difficult, featuring a dog-leg left and a second shot that must clear the creek to set up an approach. Before beginning their round, golfers can loosen up by hitting balls at the range or turning the ball-washer crank for several hours.
Course at a Glance: * Par 70 course from the back tees * Four sets of tees * Length of 6,008 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 68.8 from the back tees * Slope rating of 117 from the back tees * Scorecard
The certified fitness trainers at KS Platinum Sports Performance have one goal: to train each person who enters their gym to reach their full fitness potential. They helm programs tailored to whipping athletes into shape that focus on honing their bodies for their specific athletic endeavor, whether it be golfing, playing football, or participating in a hot-dog-eating contest. In group boot-camp-style classes and one-on-one training sessions, they motivate nonathletes to build their overall strength and shed pounds. The trainers strive to cultivate an environment of friendly competition among their charges, touting the proverb, "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."
MAN Golf Management’s facilities give players myriad ways to curb their golf cravings. Coffin Golf Club and Riverside Golf Course invite guests to play through more than 6,200 yards of golf apiece, with three to four tees per hole and prevailing winds that can send shots sailing into sand bunkers or water hazards. Meanwhile, the Riverside Golf Academy lets players practice on 16 covered hitting stalls, 18 outdoor hitting mats, two grass chipping practice greens, and one indoor putting green. There, instructors also host private lessons to help golfers sharpen their swings without replacing their drivers with lumberjack axes.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor hard or clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively caf?, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
Nestled alongside the White River, Winding River Golf Course weaves through rolling terrain dotted with groves of trees and Audubon nature areas. Measuring 6,672 yards from the tips, the course's undulating layout showcases a host of compelling holes, culminating in an epic par five 18th hole, a 543-yard behemoth that provides a satisfying end to the round.
Seasoned instructors help golfers on their path to longer drives, fewer putts, and lower scores at Winding River's golf academy. An indoor studio equipped with video swing analysis fosters improvements of swing mechanics, and club-fitting services ensure that average golfers aren't saddled with clubs designed for massive Viking-people.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,672 yards from the tips * Course rating of 71.3 from the tips * Slope rating of 118 from the tips * Four tee options * Scorecard