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October 11, 2008

On and Off the Course: Fall a great time on the course




Raccoon Lake Golf Course is east of Rockville and north of Mansfield, just south of U.S. 36 on Walker Boat Ramp Road, nestled between the waters of Raccoon Lake (also known as Cecil Harden Lake). Although it is a short 3,200-yard par-36 course, it has tight fairways, rolling hills and an abundance of trees to make the track a tricky one. They have some special rates now for the fall, so ask about them when you make your tee time. If you’re there on a weekend, you can enjoy a fine meal in the 125-year-old farmhouse at The Clubhouse Restaurant. They also have a Sunday buffet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For tee times or reservations at The Clubhouse Restaurant, call (765) 344-1143. For pictures of the course and more information visit their Web site, www.

Another golf course that is especially inviting this time of year is the Parke County Golf Course. Located just north of the Parke County fairgrounds on U.S. 41 in Rockville, this 9-hole layout would make for a fun afternoon. Designed by William Diddle and built in 1960 on rolling terrain with water hazards on every hole, this course also has its own historic covered bridge! The Catlin Bridge was relocated to the County Golf Course in 1961, from its former home over Bill Diddle Creek. This authentic covered bridge, built in 1907 by Clark McDaniels, measures 54 feet long. The Parke County Golf Course is running special rates for the fall also: $15 for 18 holes including cart. Even though it is a 9-hole course, there are various tee locations making for a slightly different layout on your second time around. Call (765) 569-3556 to make your tee reservation.

Fall is perfect golf weather, and Parke County is the perfect area to visit in the fall, so give one of these three courses a try. With the economy the way it has been, we’re all watching our budgets, so finding courses nearby with great rates is a hard bargain to pass up!


Quote of the day: “John Wayne gave up golf. How could a guy who won the West, recaptured Bataan and won the battle of Iwo Jima let himself be defeated by a little hole in the ground?” — James Edward Grant, screenwriter

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