Variety of Golf Courses in Fishers Area Challenge All Skill Levels

By Brett French on May 22, 2012 at 2:36 am EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Wes Aldridge

Talk to golfers about Fishers-area courses and the same theme keeps coming up – the scenic beauty of central Indiana.

Greg Thompson‚ owner of River Glen Country Club‚ says the aesthetics‚ as well as how nicely River Glen is maintained‚ help set his course apart. “My favorite nine is up front‚” he says‚ referring to the wide‚ shaded fairways that run alongside the White River. Built in 1990‚ River Glen was designed by golf course architect Gary Kern‚ whose motto is “contemporary design in the classic style‚” which also aptly describes River Glen.

One golf writer notes that beyond its beauty‚ the 18-hole course offers plenty of challenges‚ citing its “intimidating tee shots‚ rabid doglegs‚ water on at least 11 holes and undulating greens.” Such descriptions help explain the notoriety of the Fishers courses. “We’re primarily a local course‚” Thompson says. “But we get players from Michigan and Wisconsin because our season is a bit longer.”

Nearby Britton Golf Course was built in 1986‚ according to PGA head pro Chris Lovrine. “It’s very playable for all levels of golfers‚” she says. “And it’s very affordable.” Like River Glen‚ Lovrine says Britton has developed a loyal local following‚ but also attracts a lot of out-of-town visitors since it’s located right off the state highway. “People just drop in‚” Lovrine says. Her favorite hole is No. 9‚ a tricky par 4 that she calls a “fooler.”

“It plays a lot longer than it looks‚” Lovrine says. “There’s a dip in front of the green. People always under-club it.” A favorite local course for Fishers golfer Marc Bustamante is Ironwood Golf Club. Ironwood boasts a 27-hole course with four sets of tees to ensure a variety of options for players. Bustamante has a hard time choosing a favorite one of Ironwood’s three nines‚ although the two older ones – Valley and Lakes – are a close tie.

“The newer nine (Ridge) has a lot of water on it‚” Bustamante says. “But they’re all nice scenery-wise.”

Ironwood’s sister location is Gray Eagle Golf Course and Academy. Gray Eagle offers 18 holes plus a wide array of teaching and practice facilities. Eighteen heated stalls allow winter driving-range practice. Indoors‚ Bustamante says there’s a putting green and three simulators‚ which are programmable to play 33 of the world’s most famous courses. The indoor facilities help keep him in the golfing groove during the off-season. “It keeps me swinging through the winter‚” he says.

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