The City of Massillon Parks & Recreation Department takes great pride in ensuring that the Western Stark County community has safe and enjoyable leisure spaces and programs that improve the lives of all their residents. Their programs range from preschool age to seniors, and include indoor recreation spaces such as a 69,000-square-foot rec center, fitness area, and aquatics center. Outdoors, the department maintains 30 parks and open spaces, highlighted by the award-winning, 27-hole golf course, The Legends of Massillon.
The soft pop of clubs connecting with golf balls drifts across The Range at Green & Harvard. Three acres of grass tees and 30 artificial-turf tees provide ample room for mobs to hone their swings after a long day chasing unnatural creations of science, and bunkers and practice greens enable focused work on the short game. The outfit replaces the entire fleet of range balls each year, so golfers rarely tee up a misshapen sphere.
Lights shine from above to allow nighttime repetitions, and at a pro shop, steely bouquets of clubs from Callaway and Top Flite stand in corners, overseen by trainers and staff members.
Mudbrook Golf Center gives golfers the tools and instruction they need to shave strokes and thoroughly enjoy the game. The shop's selection of gear by top industry brands such as TaylorMade, Nike, and Titleist complements instruction from PGA professionals. Within lessons, the pros rely on time-earned golfing wisdom augmented by digital diagnostics, which help students clearly see swing imbalances such as flat backswings, over-rotation, or excessive celebrations.
The 18 holes at Tanglewood Golf Course careen through a natural terrain characterized by rolling hills and densely wooded acreage. Before a single fairway was mown, a single hole was cut, or a single gopher was moved in from the local zoo, the course was the vision of the Clingan family, who saw the land's potential in 1963. Today, more than half a century later, players continue to challenge themselves on the 6,070-yard layout. Course highlights include a birdie-prone par 5 ninth hole, just 425 yards, and a 330-yard par 4 13th hole, which might be reachable in one shot for long hitters and golfers who play uplifting music for their golf balls when they're not playing.