Long ago, Scottish villagers longed for a way to escape their daily routines, explore scenic terrain, and wear courageously plaid knickers. Enjoy their sporty solution with today's Groupon: for $169, you get four rounds of golf with range balls, and ten one-hour clinics at Prairie View Golf Club (up to a $1,050 value) in Carmel. Today's Groupon does not include the mandatory $25 cart fee per round per player, and the same player must attend each of the clinics.
Prairie View Golf Club winds through bucolic plains to create a scenic 206 acres of play challenging enough to earn it a spot on Indiana's top courses as chosen by Golf Week. The only course in Indiana designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., the scenic green puts players to the test with a slew of water features, prairie-grass roughs, and strategically placed oak, sycamore, and ball-swatting Ents. Five small lakes dot the layout, punctuated by a clear, running stream that wraps around four mid-round holes.
To help golfers develop their games and rise to the time-honored challenge of par pursuit, ten rotating clinics (a $750 value) focus on every aspect of the subtle sport. Suitable for players of any ability level, each hour-long meeting hones a different skill, including putting, chipping, and skillfully wheedling additional mulligans from the sand trap ensconced King of the Course. To accommodate varying schedules, the club lines up multiple clinics each week, with times available for weekday or weekend students.
Prairie View Golf Club
When designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. made Prairie View Golf Club his first Indiana project in 1997, he peppered 18 holes across 206 acres of natural beauty. His design hugs the White River, which rings the course on three sides, but only interferes with shots at four holes. Native grasses trim the entire perimeter of the former soybean- and cornfields, while oak, sycamore beech, and cottonwood trees surround the back nine holes. But the natural obstacles pale in comparison to the manmade impediments – 90 sand traps, including one that stretches 135 yards, make the par-72 course a challenge for even the most avid golfer. Creative flagstick positioning invites visitors to modify their technique for approach shots, with an emphasis on precision rather than power, much like surgically extracting a swallowed engagement ring.
For some added muscle on the course, patrons can practice swings at golf lessons or map out a plan of attack over a meal at The Covered Wagon, which overlooks the course.
Course at a Glance:
- 18-hole, Par 72 Course
- Total length of 7,000 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 74.5 from the back tees
- Course slope of 138 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees per hole
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