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The appeal of Turkey Creek Golf Club

Something for all levels
By: Joshua Gutierrez/News Messenger Correspondent
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The appearance of green fairways, darker-hued roughs and a refined landscape mark the unmistakable sites of golf. And one the area’s best can be found off Highway 193 near Lincoln – Turkey Creek Golf Club. The par-72 course stretches nearly 7,000 yards with expansive fairways surrounded by giant oak trees. “It’s probably the most beautiful setting of any golf course in the area,” said general manager Brett Cohen. “It’s a great layout; it’s a fun layout.” When Turkey Creek plans an event, the emphasis is not just on the experienced or skilled players. A great deal of concentration is put on those who seek to improve or play for the first time. Instructor John Scudder IV’s Saturday golf clinics offer a perfect introduction to the fundamentals of the game. His two-hour sessions begin with various short-game techniques, such as chipping, bunker play and putting. As the clinic proceeds, the focus moves to the long game. Turkey Creek’s driving range accommodates more than a dozen slots for golfers to exercise their power. The golf club also provides private lessons for individuals and groups. The lessons are in 30 and 60-minute time frames. Also featured are private on-course lessons by Adam Bennett and Scudder. On-course lessons provide golfers a chance to play each stroke with the benefit of skilled instruction. As the hopeful golfer plays, the game’s elements are perfected while enjoying the serene landscape of Turkey Creek. Whether heading out for the first time or the 100th, Cohen explained the feeling that comes from playing the course. “Just the fact that when you’re out there … on the course,” said the general manager. “It’s just you and nature.” Joshua Gutierrez is a local writer and graduate of Lincoln High School