City and regional courses
Cross Creek Golf Club
1724 Nuttman Ave., Decatur, (260) 724-4316, www.golfatcrosscreek.com, Par 72, Course length: 5,033-6,512 yards, Slope: 122 (blue tees), Rating: 70.5, Slope: 119 (white tees), Rating: 69.2 A course record of 63 stands at public Cross Creek Golf Club, opened under current management in 1989 but originating in a Robert Bruce Harris design. The George Young-renovated course that opened in 1947 on mostly flat acreage has blue rye fairways lined by mature trees. Several holes have water hazards, too, and the 17th requires a skillful shot over a dry ravine and finishes on a narrow, elevated bent grass green.
Golf Club of the Limberlost
207 North Drive, Geneva, on Rainbow Lake, (260) 368-7388, www.limberlostgolf.com, Par 71, Course length: 5,018-6,500 yards, Slope: 123, Rating: 70.3
Since 1964, the golfing public has enjoyed this Ron Kern-designed course, carved out of the old Limberlost Swamp. Updated in 2009, new bent grass tees and fairways greet golfers, and they can take advantage of a 14-acre practice facility. Course record stands at 65. Carts are available and might help golfers save enough energy to conquer No. 8, a 521-yard par 5 where the ability to shoot between trees and over water comes in very handy. Rod Ashman is director of golf.
Arlington Park Golf Club
4630 Arlington Park Blvd., (260) 485-2774, www.arlingtonpark.net, Par 31, Course length: 1,709-2,095 yards, Slope: N/A, Rating: 29
The record stands at 26 for the nine holes of bent grass greens and bluegrass/rye fairways on this executive course, which opened in 1981. Carts are available at this open-to-the-public neighborhood course.
Autumn Ridge Golf Club
11420 Old Auburn Road, (260) 637-8727, www.autumnridgegc.com, Par 72, Course length: 7,103 yards, Slope: 136, Rating: 74.9
Autumn Ridge has earned a challenging four-star rating from Golf Digest, and it touts a respectable course record of 63. The course, designed by Ernie Schrock, opened in 1993 with a different challenge facing players at each hole. Pro Kyle Pearson runs the public course of bent grass greens and fairways. Water comes into play on 15 of the holes. Autumn Ridge also features a driving range and chipping practice area. GPS carts are required.
Brookwood Golf Club
10304 Bluffton Road, (260) 747-3136, www.brookwoodgc.com, Par 72, Course length: 6,362 yards, Slope: 122, Rating: 70.3
Venerable Brookwood opened in 1928 as a wide-open public course beloved by golfers who know how to use their drivers. A creek complicates play on six of the all-bent grass holes on the gently undulating terrain. Pro Mike Harris has tended the course for 36 years. The course record is 62. Golf carts and a driving range are available, as is a Par 3 9-hole course, and the practice range received renovations in 2013.
Canterbury Green Golf Course
2727 Canterbury Blvd., (260) 486-7888, www.golfcanterbury.com, Par 59, Course length: 3,625 yards, Slope: 93/men, 92/women, Rating: 59.1/men, 57/women
A course record of 50 is the score to beat on the short 18 holes of public Canterbury Green, opened in 1970. Canterbury has carts available but no driving range. A creek gives the executive course its water hazards, and the bent grass greens and bluegrass fairways are fast. PGA Director of Golf is Ryan Fahler.
Cedar Creek Golf Club
10000 Garman Road, Leo, (260) 627-5623, www.cedarcreekgc.com, Par 71, Course length: 6,430 yards, Slope: 122, Rating: 69.8
Cedar Creek Golf Club continues under the ownership of Dave Gilbert. A course record of 64 tantalizes the golfing public who come to enjoy the course’s combination of open holes, water holes and tree-lined fairways in the Leo area’s rolling terrain. A driving range and GPS carts are available.
Cherry Hill Golf Club
6615 Wheelock Road, (260) 485-8727, www.cherryhillgc.com, Par 72, Course length: 6,800 yards, Slope: 133, Rating: 73.4
Cherry Hill’s 1996 design by Max Robertson and Mark Slater and its operation by General Manager Ryan Delagrange have earned it a four-and-a-half-star rating from Golf Digest. Its signature hole, No. 6 with the state’s only true island green, has provided some notoriety, and overall the public course has earned the respect of players, who face the course record of 62. A driving range is available.
Chestnut Hills Golf Club
11502 Illinois Road, (260) 625-4146, www.chestnuthillsgolf.com, Par 72, Course length: 7.012 yards, Slope: 132, Rating: 72.9
Trees line the fairways on hilly Chestnut Hills, designed by Indiana native Fuzzy Zoeller and built in 1995. The course record is 63. The golfing public is challenged by this Zoeller Signature Course’s fast greens and many streams crossing its 18 holes. New senior tees were added in 2012. Golf carts and a driving range are available. Gary Gant serves as golf pro.
Colonial Oaks Golf Club
8218 Huguenard Road, (260) 489-5121, www.golfatcolonialoaks.com, Par 71, Course length: 6,582 yards, Slope: 129, Rating: 71.6
Designed by Pat Riley, Colonial Oaks is a challenging course with a creek crossing it 10 times. This public course with four sets of tees challenges players with its many mature oak trees and tight holes like No. 12, including tricky out-of-bounds stakes on the right side. The course record is 63. Golf carts are available, but there is no driving range.
Coyote Creek Golf Club
4935 Hillegas Road, (260) 483-3148, www.coyotecreekonline.com, Par 72, Course length: 5,140-6,958 yards, Slope: 125, Rating: 71.3
Mixing open and tree-lined fairways with challenging changes in elevation, private Coyote Creek requires precision of its member players and their guests. A course record of 61 is the standing challenge. Carts and a driving range are available, Pro Bill Blumenhurst is in his sixth year at the course, which features a new 7,200-square-foot putting green and expanded practice tees. In addition to its great layout, a full renovation of the clubhouse has been completed.
Deer Track Golf Course
19030 Tonkel Road, Auburn, (260) 627-2121, www.deertrackgolf.co, Par 35, Course length: 3,193 yards, Slope: 128, Rating: 35.6
Water hazards and sand bunkers challenge golfers of all skill levels at this scenic public course designed by Dwayne Daymeyer and opened in 1990. The course converted to 9 holes in 2012, adding a short game practice area. All 9 holes are bent grass and welcoming to players of all skill levels. Carts and a driving range are available. Head pro is part owner Douglas Booth, who has 26 years at the course.
Donald Ross Golf Club
7102 S. Calhoun St., (260) 745-7093, www.donaldrossgolfclub.com, Par 72, Course length: 6,621 yards, Slope: 126, Rating: 72.5
Donald Ross Golf Club’s front nine holes were designed by renowned Scottish golf course architect Donald J. Ross. White sand bunkers and winter rye fairways lead to bent grass greens, some of them elevated, with water hazards on six holes. Half of the public course is mostly flat and half is gently hilly, with a course record of 61. Golf carts are available. Quinn Griffing is the golf pro.
Fort Wayne Country Club
5221 Covington Road, (260) 432-4573, www.ftwaynecc.org, Par 71, Course length: 4,920-6,642 yards, Slope: 125, Rating: 70.3
With a total renovation of all greens and roughs in 2013, a new bluegrass-rye combination will lead member golfers over the rolling hills at this private course first opened in 1908. Carts or caddies are required, and players may use the 60-tee driving range, as well. Todd Firestone begins his 10th year as head pro at the course. The current record stands at 61.
Foster Park Golf Course
3900 Old Mill Road, (260) 427-6735, www.fostergolfcourse.com, Par 71, Course length: 6,434 yards, Slope: 111/men, 114/women, Rating: 69.6/men, 72.7/women
Bent grass greens at Foster Park range from very large to very small, and the low-mow bluegrass fairways are mostly open, though the course features some towering mature trees. The lack of water hazards is balanced by the many sand hazards throughout the course, which has a record of 63. Rick Hemsoth is the golf pro and manager. Carts are available, though walking is easy, and a shag range is available for practice.
Lakeside Golf Club
746 N. Coliseum Blvd., (260) 422-8714, Par 71, Course length: 4,611-6,330 yards, Slope: 104-116, Rating: 65.4-69.6
Twenty-seven holes await golfers at this public course, as an 18-hole regulation course with a sister nine hole par 3 course for practice. Designed by Robert D. Beard and opened in 1957, Lakeside’s course record is 61, featuring 18 holes of bluegrass fairways and some bent grass greens. A creek presents a hazard on seven holes. Carts and a driving range are available. FootGolf joined the Lakeside family June 2014. James Baker is the manager. A snack bar and grill serves golfers and the public.
McMillen Park Golf Course
3900 Hessen Cassel Road, (260) 427-6710, www.mcmillengolfcourse.com, Par 65, Course length: 4,653 yards, Slope: 93/men, 95/women, Rating: 62.1/men, 63.3/women
McMillen Park’s respected 18-hole executive course has been joined by Mad Anthony III’s Short Course with nine holes, all par 3. Reserved for Lifetime Sports Academy Certified Players from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays when the Academy is in session, the short course is designed for beginners. The 18-hole course, designed by Hal Purdy, has a record of 57 over its flat, low-mow bluegrass fairways and elevated, bent grass greens. Electric and push carts are available, as well as a driving range. Pro Rick Hemsoth is also the manager.
Orchard Ridge Country Club
4531 Lower Huntington Road, (260) 747-0115, www.orchardridgecc.com, Par 71, Course length: 6,550 yards, Slope: 133, Rating: 71.8
Founded in 1924, Orchard Ridge members and guests enjoy the picturesque, rolling terrain on this all-bent grass course designed by Charles Maddox. Tree-lined fairways, fast greens and newly added tee boxes and bunkers make the course challenging for the more experienced golfer. Director of golf is Eric Noble, and Gary Whitacre is the golf professional.
Pine Valley Country Club
10900 Pine Mills Road, (260) 637-6414, www.pinevalleycc.com, Par 71, Course length: 5,117-6,843 yards, Slope: 132/men, 120/women, Rating: 73.2/men, 69.8/women
Designed by Robert M. Lohmann, ASGCA, private Pine Valley Golf Course opened in 1968. It is a mostly open course with more bunkers and roughs providing hazards than water. Carts and a driving range are available. Course record is 62. Mike Ahlers is head golf pro.
Pond-a-River Golf Club
26025 River Road, Woodburn, (260) 632-5481, www.pondariver.com, Par 69, Course length: 4,872 yards, Slope: 110, Rating: 65
Arnold Radke designed Pond-a-River Golf Club’s front nine, and the back was designed by Richard Chilcote. New owner David Gerig took ownership in 2012. One of the area’s most heavily wooded courses, it plays best for golfers who can control their drives down narrow bluegrass fairways toward the bent grass greens. Carts are available, and the newly designed bunkers opened in 2014.
Riverbend Golf Club
7207 St. Joe Road, (260) 485-2732, www.riverbend-golf-course.com, Par 72, Course length: 6,702 yards, Slope: 136, Rating: 73
A tight horseshoe bend of the St. Joseph River encloses the tight and water-hazarded front nine at Riverbend, designed by Ernie Schrock and opened in 1972. The front nine is short and tight, including rare back-to-back par 3’s, while the back nine is more open and friendly to the long ball hitter. Course record is 65, and fairways and greens are bent grass. Carts are available.
Shoaff Park Golf Club
6401 St. Joe Road, (260) 427-6745, www.shoaffgolfcourse.com, Par 54, Course length: 2,886 yards, Slope: N/A, Rating: N/A
Shoaff Park, designed by Hal C. Purdy, opened in 1958 as a nine-hole municipal course. It has matured into an 18-hole par three course with a course record of 50 for its bent grass greens and bluegrass fairways. Push and electric carts are available, in addition to a driving range. Golf pro Rick Hemsoth is also the manager.
Sycamore Hills Golf Club
11836 Covington Road, (260) 625-4397, www.sycamorehillsgolfclub.com, Par 72, Course length: 7,319 yards, Slope: 148, Rating: 77
Course designer Jack Nicklaus has called Sycamore Hills, which opened in 1989, “a very, very fine site.” He praises the private golf club for its “great movement” and the way the natural trees, lakes and stream interact with the golf play. A new course record of 62 was set last year during the Hotel Fitness Championships. Carts are required. A driving range and golf academy are available. Golf pro Tim Frazier has 23 years at the course.
Whispering Creek Golf Club
216 N. Rufus St., New Haven, (260) 749-5025, www.whisperingcreekgc.com, Par 72, Course length: 5,250-6,796 yards, Slope: 117, Rating: 71.4
Public Whispering Creek Golf Club has recently undergone a complete metamorphosis. Extensive dike work to reduce flooding problems has been completed. Tree planting and turf upgrades have greatly enhanced the challenge and playability of this classic, old-style golf course along the banks of the Maumee River. 2015 saw a new driving range and short game facility completed. Whispering Creek provides a wonderful test for players of all abilities. Tony Louden is the PGA professional.
Willow Ridge Golf Club
17000 Willow Ridge Trail, (260) 637-3243, Par 71, Course length: 5,247-5,612 yards, Slope: 108, Rating: 67.7
Rolling terrain covered by bent grass on greens and fairways challenges Willow Ridge golfers, along with water hazards on three holes. A course record of 63 speaks to the challenge designed into the course by L. Smith when it opened in 1968. The public course has carts available but no driving range.
Bridgewater Golf Club
1818 Morningstar Road, Auburn, (260) 925-8184, www.bridgewatergc.com, Par 72, Course length: 5,107-7,272 yards, Slope: 136, Rating: 75.3
Bridgewater, an 18-hole championship golf course, is open to the public. Designed by Ernie Schrock and opened in 1999, it graciously accommodates players of all skill levels. Each hole has five sets of tee boxes so golfers can choose which course to play. Based on the choice of tees, the course varies from 5,100 to more than 7,200 yards. Carts are available, plus a driving range. In 2014, the bunkers were renovated. Pro Ivan Foster has been with Bridgewater for 10 years.
Garrett Country Club
401 N. Walsh St., Garrett, (260) 357-5165, www.garrettcc.com, Par 72, Course length: 4,840-6,548 yards, Slope: 118, Rating: 69
With a front nine designed in 1918 by Tom Bendelow and a new back nine designed by Ernie Schrock in 1996, golfing members and the public enjoy fairly open bent grass fairways over rolling terrain providing uneven lies. Water hazards come into play on eight holes. Several of the average-sized bent grass greens are undulating, and five holes feature dogleg fairways. The course record stands at 63. Carts are available but no driving range. Owner and Director of Golf Dave Demske has 12 years at the course.
Clear Creek Golf Course
10930 N. 300W, Huntington, (260) 344-1665, www.clearcreekgc.com, Par 71, Course length: 5,330-6,560 yards, Slope: 120, Rating: 70.7
Loren and Virginia Helvie established the original nine holes in 1971, and their son Jerry and his wife Sharon added the second nine in 2000. The front nine offers wide-open play and the opportunity to score well. The back nine is longer and tighter and more challenging with water and trees as hazards on different holes. With a course record of 63, Clear Creek has carts and a driving range available. Jerry Helvie has 13 years running the public course.
Dogwood Glen Golf Course
753 E. 900S, Warren, IN 46792, (260) 375-4750 www.dogwoodglengc.com, Par: 36, Course Length: 2,424-3,369 yards, Slope: N/A, Rating: N/A
Dogwood Glen opened in June 2006. This nine-hole, regulation Par 36 public course, with bent grass greens and fairways, challenging water hazards and five sets of tees, tests the skills of all golfers. Dogwood Glen also offers two practice greens, one with bunkers, and a clubhouse with a pro shop, snack bar and banquet facility. Carts are available for rental. Yearly membership rates and weekly golf specials are available.
Etna Acres Golf Club
Located 3.5 miles west of Mount Etna on highway 124, (260) 468-2906, www.etnaacres.org, Par 72, Course length: 5,142-6,096 yards, Slope: 112, Rating: 69.6
Etna Acres was designed in 1960 and is still owned by Gene Kaufman, who serves as PGA golf professional. Etna Acres Golf Club offers a course record of 66 to challenge the golfing public. Etna Acres is a uniquely designed 18-hole golf course. The front nine feature elevated greens and tees that hide behind various creeks and ponds. The back nine has a links-style design, with hills and heather making any errant tee shots tough to play. A driving range and carts are available.
Norwood Golf Course
5961 W. Maple Grove Road, Huntington, (260) 356-5929, www.norwoodgc.com, Par 72, Course length: 5,565-6,597 yards, Slope: 131, Rating: 72.2
Competitive golfers love Norwood for its uneven lies on the front nine’s bent grass fairways, hemmed by trees and water on some holes. Opened in 1969, it has a course record of 64 to taunt the golfing public. Carts are available, along with a driving range. Owner and golf professional is Lee Cutting.
Maxwelton Golf Club
5721 E. Elkhart County Line Road, Syracuse, (574) 457-3504, www.maxweltongolf.com, Par 72, Course length: 5,728-6,490 yards, Slope: 125, Rating: 69.9
A Scottish immigrant commissioned William B. Langford, ASGCA, to design the Maxwelton course, which opened in 1930. The public course has a record of 61. The rolling fairways, changes in elevation and the small undulating greens are very reminiscent of Scottish golf architecture. Carts are available but no driving
range. Head pro Bob Carlson has 41 years at the course.
Raccoon Run Golf Course
3085 E. Pierceton Road, Warsaw, (574) 269-2902, www.raccoonrungolf.com, Par 70, Course length: 3,864-5,150 yards, Slope: 100/97, Rating: 63.4/64.2
Owner and golf pro Denny Hepler designed Raccoon Run, and Vestil Stidham opened it in 1973 as a public, mid-size course. Nine holes were added in 2000, and three new tees were added in 2011. Its record stands at 65. Carts and a driving range are available. Craig Isabel is teaching and touring pro.
Rozella Ford Golf Club
1700 Rozella Road, Warsaw, (574) 376-4160, www.rozellagolf.com, Par 70, Course length: 5,039-6,305 yards, Slope: 124, Rating: 70.1
Designed by Bill Diddell in 1960, Rozella Ford plays much longer than its posted yardage. It is a championship 18-hole facility known for its fast undulating greens. Course record stands at 60. Carts and a driving range are available.
South Shore Golf Club
10601 N. Indiana 13, Syracuse, (574) 457-2832, www.golftheshore.com, Par 72, Course length: 5,305-6,328 yards, Slope: 119, Rating: 70.1
With roots back to its first development in 1932, the South Shore Golf Club takes full advantage of its scenic location on Lake Wawasee, giving the golfing public the challenge of many water hazards, sand bunkers, trees and terrain changes throughout on bent grass greens and bluegrass fairways. New senior tees were added
in 2012. The course record is 62. Carts and a driving range are available. General manager Jim Brooks has 12 years at the course.
Stonehenge Golf Club
2850 E. Pierceton Road, Winona Lake, (574) 269-6122, www.stonehengegolfclub.com, Par 71, Course length: 4,453-6,901 yards, Slope: 133, Rating: 72.7
Opened in 1988, the semi-private championship course puts balance, play, precise shot-making and an aptitude for all facets of the game at a premium. Stonehenge Golf Club members enjoy access to the 18 holes designed by Ron Garl that have a distinctive Scottish flair. The course record is 62. Carts and a driving range are available.
Tippecanoe Lake Country Club
7245 N. Kalorama Road, Leesburg, (574) 453-4441, www.tippylakecc.com, Par 70, Course length: 4,889-5,937 yards, Slope: 123, Rating: 69.3
The bent grass greens and fairways of Tippecanoe Lake Country Club offer its member golfers a panoramic view of the entire course from No. 18, along with the challenges of lakeside terrain – water, sand, trees and uneven lies. Opened in 1926, the private course has a record of 62. Carts and a driving range are available. Head golf pro is Matt Funkhouser.
Wawasee Golf Club
12388 N. Bishop Road, Syracuse, (574) 457-0224, www.wawaseegolfclub.com, Par 35, Course length: 2,489-2,989 yards, Slope: N/A, Rating: N/A
Originally a 1910 design by Tom Bendelow, Wawasee Golf Club was redesigned and reopened in 2001, featuring beautiful white sand bunkers, gently rolling hills and trees on the bent grass greens and irrigated fairways. Some of the nine holes have grass bunkers. Carts are available for member golfers.
Cedar Lake Golf Course
3355 E. 700N, Howe, (260) 562-3923, www.cedarlakegolfcourse.com, Par 71, Course length: 4,940-6,463 yards, Slope: 128, Rating: 71.1
The golfing public is welcome to take on the challenges of 18 bluegrass fairways and bent grass greens varied by Cedar Lake’s water hazards, mature trees and well-defined bunkers. Opened in 1948, it has a course record of 60. Carts are available but no driving range. Tom Mortola is owner and golf professional.
Heron Creek Golf Club
615 W. 50N, LaGrange, (260) 463-2906, www.heroncreekgolfclub.com, Par 71, Course length: 5,270-6,353 yards, Slope: 126, Rating: 70.7
Championship play is the goal of the golfing public at Heron Creek Golf Club, opened in 1961 with a Tim Dykstra design. The course record stands at 59, testament to the open winter rye fairways and wide, smooth bent grass greens. Ponds and sand bunkers provide plenty of hazards. Carts and a driving range are available. Golf pro and president is Chris Keil, with 14 years at the course.
Cobblestone Golf Course
2702 Cobblestone Lane, Kendallville, (260) 349-1550, www.cobblestonegc.com, Par 72, Course length: 4,700-7,000 yards, Slope: 131, Rating: 72.9
Cobblestone Golf Course was designed by Stephen Burns, ASGCA, and opened as a public course in 1998. All-bent grass greens are challenging, and the fairways are wide but some are tree-lined. The rolling terrain and prevailing winds provide plenty of friendly challenge, as shown by the standing course record of 61. Carts and a driving range are available. Head golf pro is Alan Moyer.
Kendallville Golf Club
120 Weston Ave., Kendallville, (260) 347-3440, Par 36 (9 holes), Course length: 2,741-3,134 yards, Slope: From 131 (black tees) to 127 (red tees), Rating: From 71.2 (black) to 70.6 (red)
Golfers are welcome to challenge this course, with its hilly terrain, tree-lined bluegrass fairways and sloped bent grass greens that are very fast. Water comes into play on six of the nine holes. Course record is 30. Carts are available.
Limberlost Golf Club
3204 E. 900N, Rome City, (260) 854-4878, Par 70, Course length: 6,298 yards, Slope: 113, Rating: 67.7
Based in its original 1930s design, Limberlost Golf Club opened in its current public format in 1987 and is distinguished by its course record of 70, which is par. It is considered semi-hilly and has more trees on the front nine than the back. Sand bunkers are numerous on the Bermuda grass fairways and do not threaten the bent grass greens. Carts are available but no driving range.
Noble Hawk Golf Links
3005 Noble Hawk Drive, Kendallville, (260) 349-0900, 888-GOLF-321, www.noblehawk.com, Par 71, Course length: 5,008-6,817 yards, Slope: 132, Rating: 73.3
Beautiful Noble Hawk, opened in 1997 with a design by its golf professional Tim Dykstra, has an exciting variety of holes. Some are pure up-north with dramatic contours and trees on all sides. Others appear to be transplanted from Florida with sand and water everywhere. Course record is 58. Carts and a driving range are available. Dykstra has been at the course 18 years.
Cold Springs Resort
260 Lane 120, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton, (260) 488-2920, www.cold-springs-resort.com, Par 63, Course length: 4,320 yards, Slope: N/A, Rating: N/A
Hilly terrain presents unusual challenges on this public course, which opened in 1957, but Cold Springs repays adventurous golfers with stunning views across Hamilton Lake. The bent grass No. 13 green provides a view over the tops of trees rooted on lower slopes. Carts are available.
Country Meadows Resort
102 Indiana 120W, Fremont, (260) 495-4525, www.golfcountrymeadows.com, Par 72, Course length: 6,070 yards, Slope: 124, Rating: 69.3
Narrow bluegrass fairways distinguish the Al Edmondson design of Country Meadows, which opened as a public course in 1981. Hilly terrain and water hazards present additional challenges. Bent grass greens are of medium size and speed. Carts are available but no driving range.
Glendarin Hills Golf Club
3333 Glendarin Way, Angola, (260) 624-3550, www.glendarinhills.com, Par 72, Course length: 5,200-7,050 yards, Slope: 142 (gold tees), Rating: 74.6 (gold tees)
Scenic vistas delight the golfing public at Glendarin Hills, where a general openness combines with frequent sand bunkers and water hazards. The course record stands at 66 since its opening in 2004. Glendarin Hills features 18 unique holes along with five sets of tee boxes, ranging from 5,000 to 7,100 yards. Carts are required. Jeff Huffman is the golf pro. Visit the website for more information and tee times.
Hidden Valley Golf Course
5370 E. Metz Road, Angola, (260) 665-6064, Par 71, Course length: 5,422 yards, Slope: N/A, Rating: N/A
Hidden Valley’s 18 holes combine the openness, trees, hills and hazards of Hoosier golf and have welcomed the golfing public since 1970. Carts are available but no driving range.
Lake James Golf Club
1445 W. 275N, Angola, (260) 833-3967, www.golflakejames.com, Par 72, Course length: 6,300 yards, Slope: 133, Rating: 71.3
Lake James challenges the golfing public with very hilly terrain with water and tree hazards on many holes. Fairways are blue rye blend, and greens are bent grass. Carts are available but no driving range.
Zollner Golf Course at Trine University
1215 Thunder Dr., Angola, (260) 665-4269, www.zollnergc.com, Par 71, Course length: 5,006-6,384 yards, Slope: 121, Rating: 70.1
Designed by Ernie Schrock and opened in 1971, the public course has hills, sand and trees as challenges on many holes. Course record stands at 61. Professional golf instruction is available with PGA Director of Golf Noah Warren.
Honeywell Golf Club
3360 W. Division Road, Wabash, (260) 563-8663, www.honeywellgc.com, Par 71, Course length: 5,010-6,430 yards, Slope: 124, Rating: 71.2
The generally flat but long front nine at this Arthur Hills-designed course also offers the challenges of narrow, tree-lined bent grass back nine fairways and many water hazards. Opened in 1980, the course has a record of 61. The Indianapolis Star ranked it as one of the Top 10 public courses in the state. Carts and a driving range are available. Mel Thomas is the golf pro.
5162 W. 900N, Roann, (260) 982-2679, Par 60, Course length: 3,700 yards, Slope: N/A, Rating: N/A
Short but hilly, the WALDO was purchased in 2010 from the former Highland Hills. No. 14 offers a view of the entire course and clubhouse. Water hazards are frequent. Course record stands at 54. The golfing public has carts available but no driving range. Leila Brandt is manager.
Green Valley Golf Club
2635 E. 150N (Madison Ave.), Bluffton, (260) 824-4510, Par 36, Course length: 3,168 yards, Slope: 113, Rating: 34.5
Nine holes and regulation length distinguish the golfing public’s experience at Green Valley Golf Club. Wind is a factor, in addition to hilly but wide fairways. Greens are bent grass, and fairways are bluegrass. Carts are available, and a driving range was added in 2008. James Calvisky is the golf pro.
Timber Ridge Golf Course
2330 E. 250N, Bluffton, (260) 824-2728, www.thetimberridge.com, Par 72, Course length: 5,143-6,700 yards, Slope: N/A, Rating: N/A
This all-bent grass course has earned a reputation for challenging the golfing public with trees or water hazards in play on nearly every hole, and the course added new tees in 2010. The course has a record of 63; carts are available and an irons-only driving range.
Crooked Lake Golf Course
65 E. Morsches Road, Columbia City, (260) 691-2157, Par 36 (9 holes), Course length: 3,000 yards, Slope: 123 (18 holes), Rating: 69.3 (18 holes)
Since 1927, Crooked Lake has offered the golfing public the challenge of rolling terrain; tight, poa annua grass fairways and small, bent grass greens. Carts are available but no driving range. Course record is 59 for 18 holes and 28 for nine. William F. Schumaker is the PGA pro.
Eagle Glen Golf Club
129 S. Eagle Glen Trail, Columbia City, (260) 248-4653, www.eagleglengolfonline.com, Par 72, Course length: 5,235-6,741 yards, Slope:130, Rating: 73
Golfers playing Eagle Glen will enjoy 40 acres of wetlands that have become a beautiful and challenging all-bent grass golf course, with new tees and sand traps added in 2010-2011. Open since 1996 with a George Young design, the public course’s record is 65. Carts and a driving range are available.
Eel River Golf Course
1265 N. 950E, Churubusco, (260) 693-3464, www.eelrivergolfcourse.com, Par 71, Course length: 5,357-5,851 yards, Slope: 113, Rating: 67.3
Eel River rewards golfers who can make accurate shots around mature trees and past sand bunkers given the prevailing winds. Water is a hazard, too, on several holes. Opened in 1965, the public course’s record is 61. Instead of a driving range, the course has year-round golf simulators for practice, and carts are available.
Magic Hills Golf Course
5050 N. Virginia Trail, Columbia City, (260) 691-2788, Par 35, Course length: 2,326-2,581 yards, Slope: 110, Rating: 66.2
Nine short holes offer an unusual opportunity for Northeast Indiana golfers at Magic Hills, where the course is lighted for night play. Open since 1990, the course has a record of 31. Carts are available.
Sycamore Golf Club
6002 E. State Road 114, North Manchester, (260) 982-2279, www.sycamoregc.com, Par 72, Course length: 4,717-6,311 yards, Slope: 122 (white tee), Rating: 69.2
Rolling hills, fast, smooth greens, mature trees and the new trees added in recent years of improvements at Sycamore make play challenging but scenic. Two branches of a creek and a pond also affect the golfing public’s scores. Designed by Bill Daniels, the public course opened in 1961 and has a record of 64, and it features new tees and widened tees added in 2012. Ladies tees were expanded in 2013. Carts and a driving range are available. Golf pro is Todd Sandow.
Driving Ranges/Indoor Facilities
Back Nine Family Fun Center
9116 Lima Road, (260) 489-7499
Bobick’s Golf Inc.
5200 Bluffton Road, (260) 747-4404, www.bobicksgolf.com
The Plex South
5702 Engle Road, (260) 432-8783, www.plexsports.com
First appeared in the 2016 Fort Wayne Magazine’s Golf Guide.