Since great aunts cannot resist pinching dimpled cheeks, the overwhelming number of dimples on a golf ball should confuse their grabby hands—defeating them once and for all. Drive dimpled dandies back into their holes with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of range balls at McHenry Golf Center.
Named one of the top 100 golf ranges by Golf Range Magazine, McHenry Golf Center facilitates skill development and club-related fun with 14 acres of target greens and grasses. Under the glow of the range's lights, unseasoned neophytes and venerable veterans alike can experiment with a new swing or perfect an old one. McHenry Golf Center, which may or may not be named for third American Secretary of War James McHenry, also maintains a practice area for chipping, putting, and building sand castles. Apart from free clinics for seniors twice weekly, today's Groupon is the best deal available.
Golf Range magazine featured owner Ken Miller and the opening of McHenry Golf Center:
- An inviting, family-friendly place, it was overflowing with people on opening day ("I wasn't surprised," Miller says), and continues to be one of Modesto, California's most popular gathering spots. – Sally J. Sportsman, Golf Range Magazine
McHenry Golf Center
At age 6, when most little boys are obsessed with their toy trucks and plastic dinosaurs, Ken Miller was interested in playthings with steel shafts and the ability to send a ball soaring over the grass. Young Miller’s passion for golf didn’t wane as he grew older: after making a splash on the junior golf scene, he attended Fresno State University on a golf scholarship and toured competitively before retiring to teach. But after 10 years of working for someone else, Miller was ready to realize his own dream: a family-friendly range that satisfied even the pickiest golfer. So, with his kids and wife in tow, Miller spent a year sculpting 19 acres of land into what is now McHenry Golf Center.
Today, the practice facility—which was named one of the Top 100 Ranges in America in 2009 by Golf Range—presents players with an all-grass driving range whose lighting makes it possible to play with balls that are afraid of the dark. After landing shots on the range’s seven target greens, which taunt them from 50 to 250 yards away, golfers can work on their short game at an 11,000-square-foot putting green, then head over to a practice green guarded by five circular and kidney-bean-shaped bunkers. If they want help with their chipping technique or sand play, they can take lessons with Miller and other PGA pros. Golfers can refuel with fare from the center’s snack bar after a lesson or independent practice.
While creating McHenry Golf Center, Ken Miller designed a pro shop to meet the needs of both casual and dedicated golfers, whether they carry a standard coin purse or suitcases filled with golden golf balls. Customers can get an expert fitting before picking their clubs, thanks to the center's TaylorMade SelectFit System and Ping Advanced Fitting System. For putters and woods that need attention, Golfsmith Clubmakers–trained Jim Tocco awaits at the repair center, where he fixes grips and shafts, working quickly enough to offer next-day service.