life+spaces Golf Guide 2013

By+Tony Polizzotto

The winter of 2012-2013 had golfers out on the course until just before the holidays – and we don’t mean Thanksgiving! Fortunately, that doesn’t leave too many calendar days before the opening of a favorite club or course for the 2013 season.

In the following pages, you will find our third annual golf guide to public and private facilities in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Getting away from your home course and exploring the wide variety of options is a highlight of the warm weather months in Michiana. Also, with the economy remaining somewhat volatile, country club memberships remain a very good value. The same is true with the daily fees on public courses where enticing specials are offered throughout the year. Also, don’t be afraid to call some of the private courses in our area, especially for groups of 12 or more. For those who want to play mid-week, some private facilities are more than happy to accommodate groups.  Just as a tip, have the golf pro make the call to facilitate tee times.

So enjoy the 2013 golf guide. It won’t be long before your clubs will see some use.  


A listing of over 50 of the best venues to for golfing! If you're having trouble viewing, you may need to update your Adobe Reader.


Featured Venues:


The Ultimate Midwest Resort Escape

Swan Lake Resort is one of the Midwest’s most complete golf, conference and fitness resort facilities. Swan Lake offers a variety of lodging options (hotel, cabins and villas), 36 holes of championship golf, a year-round golf academy, two restaurants, a 30,000 sq. ft. conference center with meeting rooms accommodating 8-240 people, indoor and outdoor pools and fitness and spa facilities. Nestled on 600 acres in the Northern Indiana countryside, the luxurious and affordable Swan Lake Resort is a surprise getaway to relax and enjoy anytime for weekday business activities or weekend escapes located close to home.

What’s New at Swan Lake Resort

April 2013, Swan Lake will be opening its new restaurant and bar with a fresh menu designed by their new award-winning chef, featuring local produce providers. Also, look for their new weekly resort entertainment schedule to be released for the season. As part of their Ultimate Experience focus, Swan Lake’s staff is eager to serve with many little nuances that are sure to please.  



The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame was designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, arguably the greatest golf course architects of the day. They said “We wanted an old-fashioned, traditional course. One based on subtleties, not special effects.” They accomplished just that. This classic design features square tee boxes, small, undulating push-up greens and strategic bunkering that gives one the feeling that they stepped back in time to the early 20th century. Since its opening in 1999, the Warren Golf Course has been host to 17 high profile USGA, NCAA and Western Golf Association tournaments, including the 2010 Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship. The 250 acre venue is also a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. 

Of the 18 courses that Coore & Crenshaw have designed, Warren Golf Course is one of only six public access courses in the country. An average green fee for playing a Coore & Crenshaw course is $175, while you can play the Warren Golf Course for as little as a quarter of that price.

Come experience a public facility that rivals even the best private courses in the region. Just give us a call or reserve your tee time on-line and you will be on your way to playing a course that has been praised by professionals and amateurs alike. Darius Oliver, the world’s leading authority on golf course design who visited The Warren Golf Course last May, wrote in his bestselling book, Planet Golf USA, that no matter which Coore & Crenshaw course you’re playing at, you know it will be guaranteed to have “strategy, interest and innate beauty.”



Knollwood Country Club offers private club tradition infused with member pride and the spirit of the community. Thirty-six holes of golf set along a graceful treeline as well as an outstanding venue for tennis, racquetball, fitness, and aquatics, offer unique challenges for social and competitive play. Dining at the club provides quality, service and a relaxed ambience
which translates to first-rate cuisine and camaraderie. Private events, whether casual or formal, promise a memorable experience available to members and non-members alike.

Knollwood Country Club has crafted a private club tradition built upon ClubCorp’s philosophy of service. The sense of belonging distinguishes Knollwood Country Club as the ultimate Club experience in Michiana.

Championship Golf: Thirty-six holes of championship golf, driving range and putting green. Professional staff to coordinate Member leagues, clinics, lessons and golf outings. Pro-shop featuring an extensive selection of merchandise and custom fitting. Knollwood Country Club is also a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Dining and Private Events: Casual dining overlooking the golf course with fine cuisine and personalized service. Accomplished private event staff specializing in weddings, special events and custom golf and tennis outings.

Athletic Facilities:  Ten racquetball courts, spinning studio, cardio and resistance equipment with personal training and group classes. Four outdoor pools, indoor salt-water pool, whirlpool and sauna.



In 1916 Christiana Creek Country Club was erected on over 200 acres of beautiful land conveniently located in the heart of Elkhart. Eighteen beautiful holes are laid out through picturesque Christiana Creek. Designed by Tom Bendelow (Medinah Country Club and Olympia Fields Country Club designer) Christiana Creek Country Club has the distinction of being one of the top 1% of the oldest golf courses in the United States and is the oldest golf course in Elkhart County. The course features tall mature trees, George Lankford designed bunkers, head-scratching greens and its namesake Christiana Creek, which meanders its way through the course. We are a dedicated and a value oriented private club offering our members and their guests a superior golf and recreational experience with excellence in dining and social events. Choose from three exquisite restaurants, play 18 challenging holes, or indulge in our gorgeous 25-yard swimming pool equipped with plenty of seating to catch some rays. 

Christiana Creek’s banquet rooms are a cozy and elegant place for your wedding celebration and/or reception. Alongside the finest staff and exquisite service, enjoy beautiful panoramic views of our courtyard and golf course surroundings that truly create a memorable experience of a lifetime. 

We strive to exceed your expectations with staff, service, food, and a relaxed but elegant atmosphere! Our staff here at Christiana Creek Country Club take pride in the variety of family-oriented events we hold throughout the year.