Combine the great outdoors with easy social distancing and friendly competition, and you’ve got golf. Sure, you can hit the links in Indianapolis, Carmel, Noblesville, or Fishers, but why head out of the county when you can find great links right here at home? Choose these four regulation-length courses for a relaxing round, enjoyable amenities, and leagues to suit every player.
3974 Clubhouse Drive, Greenfield, IN 46140-8943
Arrowhead opened its doors in 1974 as a family-owned 18-hole public golf course. Designed by Don Oden and Gary Oden, and now in its third generation of leadership, the facility prides itself on offering affordable high-quality play on great turf. This 6,004-yard par-70 course with a slope of 114 essentially incorporates two different nine-hole challenges, with a longer, more-open front nine that will talk you into a grip-and-rip approach, while the scenic back nine gives you a breather under bountiful tree shade.
Seasonal weekday walking-only tee times run from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with carts available on a first-come, first-served basis. On weekends, book as early as 7 a.m.
Arrowhead offers walking and riding memberships for juniors, individuals, couples, siblings, families, and corporations, along with cart and range passes. Members enjoy discounts on range balls and pro shop merchandise.
Open leagues run from April through October, with schedules for men, women, mixed play, two-man handicap, couples, and senior men. Arrowhead outings enjoy free reservations at the outdoor pavilion, and lots of amenities—including scoreboard tracking, sponsorship signage, outdoor grilling, and free Wi-Fi.
145 South Morristown Pike, Greenfield, IN 46140
Hawk’s Tail opened in 1927 as Greenfield Country Club. At 6,760 yards from the back tees, and with a slope rating of 119, this public facility is a par-72 course. Seasonal tee times range from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starts. Step up your game with two golf simulators, available for play, leagues, parties, and practice from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.
With memberships for singles, couples, seniors, age 35 and under, and juniors, Hawk’s Tail also offers deeply discounted rounds with reciprocal privileges for members of Royal Hylands Golf Club (see below). Groups, leagues, and parties can book the new banquet hall for indoor seating with a refreshing view. The Hawk’s Nest restaurant includes an outdoor patio with a fireplace.
New-golfer clinics for players with five or fewer years on the links cover all aspects of the full swing, chipping, and putting. Junior Clinics welcome girls and boys ages 7 through 14, while Pee Wee Clinics introduce ages 3 through 6 to the love of the game. The Men’s Association holds a full slate of events from April through September, and the IEI League features nine-hole, two-person stroke play for afternoon tee times.
11425 North PR Links Lane, New Palestine, IN 46163-9307
Built in 1972 by architect Charles Maddox, this 7,054-yard par-72 public course includes four tee stations ranging down to 5,500 yards. Its parkland setting offers links-style play with a slope rating of 142, featuring 25 acres of water and large undulating greens. Seasonal tee times run from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., depending on the length of the round, with golfers allowed on the course until dark.
The Links Cafe provides indoor casual dining, and a 6,000-sq.-ft. dining pavilion seats more than 200 for outings and events, with a professional catering and events team available to create memorable events.
The Links offers memberships for couples, juniors, businesses, and schools, including twilight rates and pro shop discounts. Depending on group size, outings can enjoy custom menus, a snack cart, use of the pavilion, and more.
7629 South Greensboro Pike, Knightstown, IN 46148-9613
Phone (765) 345-2123
The six-time host course of the Indiana Golf Association Publinks Championships, this 18-hole 6,452-yard par-71 facility features an average round that times out below four hours. The links-style course opened in 1977, with new bentgrass fairways installed in 2000, and features a slope rating of 130. Seasonal tee times begin at 8 a.m. and run until approximately 5 p.m. for 18 holes, with early starts available at 7 a.m. on weekends.
Royal Hylands offers memberships for couples, singles, seniors, and 35-and-under players, with leagues for women and men. Summer clinics help junior boys and girls (ages 7-13) and new golfers cultivate a love of the game, while private lessons for adults, juniors, and pee wees provide focused instruction. Outings can accommodate up to 144 players.
Come out and play
Whether you’re a lifelong golfer or you’re new to the game, Hancock County’s own golf courses offer you the challenges and the scenery for relaxing fun. Check out these facilities for your next round, and book your tee time for an enjoyable round with safe social distancing.