Duck Creek GC, located just east of Hobart IN, and just south of Portage IN, offers golfers of all talents
and abilities the opportunity to have a great time on the golf course. If you are new to the game - Duck Creek
will not over-power you – if your skill set is slightly lacking – Duck Creek will still give you a chance to make
a few pars. And if you are in the lucky (1%) of all golfers who regularly break (80), Duck Creek gives you that
chance to really go low! Add that to the fact that you will be treated to great service, wonderful food, and a “perfect” 19th hole – and you cannot top a day spent at Duck Creek GC!
In 1991 Mr. Ken Nabhan (after a few years in the golf business at another location) acquired a beautiful (140) acre tract of land a couple of miles east of Hobart, IN with the intent of starting a new golf course. While the plans were being drawn for the course, Ken opened the first business on the property – the popular, and well received, “Three Falls Restaurant” – a place that (even though it closed years ago) many still say it was one of the finest restaurants to have ever been established in the area.
Working hard, and greatly helped by his son Michael, Ken (and his bulldozer) dug out, shaped, and developed the first (9) holes – (opening in 1995). A few years later the back nine was cut through the heavily wooded area on the west side of the property, beautifully built & maintained homes (currently totaling about 100), were added in and around the property, and by 1998 the current (18) hole Duck Creek Golf Course was complete. And in the year 2000, the fully functional & attractive clubhouse was added. And that brings us to where we stand today.
Duck Creek GC – 2012
Today’s Duck Creek GC is the tale of (2) golfing “nines”. The “original” nine holes are very wide open, with few hazards, and gently rolling fairways. The abundant trees on this side (all planted by Michael and Ken Nabhan) are maturing, and on some days will get in your way – but keep it fairly straight and you should be ok. The fairways and tightly mowed rough are as well-manicured as the small but cleverly “mounded” greens. The greens (although they hold well) fall off on most sides making the short iron shots a little more challenging – and giving you a lot of uphill chip shots.
The back nine however, is a different story entirely! With water, sand, and abundant mature trees, much tighter landing areas, etc. – you will have to be quite a bit more precise on all your shots. The one salvation – if you can be a little conservative in your shotmaking – is that the holes are not overly long. So, play smart, and you should be able to avoid most of the trouble.
The overall trip around Duck Creek will most assuredly be a pleasant one. The course has that peaceful, natural feel, is beautifully maintained by superintendent Logan Kirby, and on most occasions you will feel free to relax, enjoy a leisurely pace of play, and not feel rushed (especially if you are new to the game).
The golf carts are in great shape, (Thanks to Dan!), with windshields and covers; pull carts are available, cart paths are strategically placed, (ensuring play on bad weather days), hole layout signs are located on the tees, yardage markers are highly visible, water stations & washrooms are available on many holes, and the (3) sets of tees allow for all levels of play. The new watering system keeps the course in excellent condition, leagues are available (Monday-Thursday), with a mixed scramble held on Fridays. The golf shop is well stocked & staffed (including golf professional Tom Cagle – who is available for lessons), and the fee structure is excellent!
Outing packages are available (and very reasonable), an outside hot dog/snack cart is stationed between the ninth green and tenth tee, a shelter with picnic tables allows for outside grilling, and a large scoreboard & outside deck are perfect for events, etc. And Duck Creek is home to many great charitable functions – including the “Susan B. Coleman” Golf Outing – held annually to “promote the cure” for breast cancer.
The fully handicap accessible clubhouse includes the golf shop (and) most importantly “Nab’s Lounge”! This lounge/restaurant serves great food (Thanks to Moose the cook!) M-F from 3-9:00PM – seats (75-100) with about (25) comfortable seats at the bar; has specials every Wednesday, and has some of the best homemade pizza in the region! But “Nab’s Lounge” is a lot more than just food & drink – it is one of those truly great after-golf places to gloat over your victories, lick your wounds, tell a few lies –or - just hang out and watch sports. With Joyce, Sue, Dianne, Tammy or indeed any of the staff there serving you in such a friendly manner – you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun!
Duck Creek GC is about every golfer. After a few rounds, you might find yourself breaking (100) or (90) for the first time – maybe making a par or two along the way –or- dare I say it – your first birdie! Go on out to Duck Creek for the day – enjoy your round of golf – stay for dinner – and make a few new friends – it doesn’t get any better than that!
For further information about Duck Creek GC, call the course at (219)759-5870 -or- visit their website at www.duckcreekgolfcourse.com. Directions to Duck Creek GC from the North are: Travel (3) miles south on Rte. #51 from 80/94 – take Cleveland Ave (2) miles east until you see the sign – then travel (1) mile south. The address is: 638 N 700 W, Hobart, IN 46342 – or just call – it’s easy to find – see you there!
On Saturday Sept. 15th, Indian Ridge GC in Hobart, IN will be home to the 2nd annual “Verta Richards Foundation” Golf Outing. This event raises money for the study of pancreatic cancer, and will include breakfast – (9:00 AM shotgun) – snacks on the course – and a great dinner. Call for details (219) 942-6850. Try and make it!
And on Sun. Sept. 23rd, the first annual golf outing to raise money for ALS research is being held at White Hawk CC in Crown Point IN. The event will include breakfast and dinner – (10:00AM Shotgun) and a good time is promised to all – contact White Hawk CC at (219)661-2323 –or- log on to www.francesalsgolf.weebly.com for info.
More at White Hawk CC – The Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Indiana is holding their 26th annual golf outing on Monday August 27th – sandwich buffet at 11:00AM – Shotgun at 1:00PM – cocktails & dinner at 5:30PM. Register online – www.bgcnwi.org -or- call (219)881-1060 ext. 418.
Coming fast: The 7th annual Make-A-Wish Foundation Golf Outing will be held Wednesday August 8th at Youche CC in Crown Point IN. Sponsored by Carstar Stores of NWI – This event has helped many fulfill their dreams – call Charlotte Hess at (219)973-6137 – Hopefully there is still room to get in.
The Community Center Development Corporation will host a golf outing to benefit the Ophelia Steen family and Health Services Center – on Friday August 17th at Wicker Park GC – check out the details by calling Paul Walker at (219)853-2360.
Baseball great -and- NWI native Ron Kittle is holding his 23rd annual charity golf tournament on Sept. 17th at Briar Ridge CC in Schererville, IN. Proceeds assist cancer programs at area hospitals – to register, log on to www.indianasportscharities.org -or- www.ronkittle.com.
South Shore CC in Cedar Lake, IN will be home for the “Taste of Cedar Lake” Chamber of Commerce outing on Sunday August 12th. Call Diane Jostes at the Chamber (219)374-6157 for details. And do not miss South Shore CC’s annual “Beach Party” – (3) days of fun August 10th, 11th, & 12th. Call the course for info (219)374-6070. And sorry we missed the 21st annual Quest Restaurant outing held at South Shore CC on Sat. July 7th – hear everybody had a great time. But remember – bring in your scorecard any day to the Quest and receive your 2nd drink free! For directions to the Quest on Rte #30, log on to www.thequesteatery.com - very golfer friendly place with great food, drink, and some of the finest live entertainment in our area.
A fun 3-man scramble with (1) player of at least (50) years of age, (1) player at least (60), and (1) player of any age is being held Sept. 15th (Saturday) at Scherwood GC in Schererville, IN. Call the course (219)865-2554 to sign up.
And for more golfing fun: Listen in to “Golf Talk” on WJOB 1230AM on Thursday, August 9th at 2:30PM. I will join host Michael Stewart to discuss local golf. Call us on air at (219)845-1100 –or- to view the show you can log on to www.wjob1230.com. And to meet “Stew” – as well as – other WJOB personalities – show up on any Thursday night at Freddy’s Steakhouse on 165th & Kennedy in Hammond IN – the music and fun always starts about 6:00PM.
Gleason Park GC in Gary IN is having another “Welcome Back” Day on Friday August 17th – $10.00 includes fee and cart. No reservations req’d. Call course (219)980-1089 if you have any questions.
Hurry: The Lake-Porter Golf Classic – being held August 11th & 12th at Palmira GC in St. John IN is coming up fast! For info log on to www.bfalloon.webs.com -and- for directions call the course at (219)365-4331 – ask for Terry!
Great Sales: Ringo’s Golf Center on Rte #30 east of I-65 is holding their 28th annual tent sale August 8th-13th. Call for info (219)942-8929. And our other good friends at J&M Golf will be having their big tent sale at their St. John IN location on Rte. #41 – on August 17th-18th. Call for info at (219)365-5611 – both great golfing establishments!
By request: Some loyal readers called in requesting further dates of upcoming fairs/festivals etc. For after golf! Thanks for the feedback – here you are.
• Lake County Fair: August 3rd -12th – Crown Point, IN (www.lakecounty-fair.com)
• IN State Fair: Aug. 3rd-19th (www.in.gov/statefair)
• St. Mary Western Days Fest: August 16th-19th – Griffith, IN (www.stjameshighland.org)
• Lakefront Festival: August 16th-19th - Hobart, IN (www.hobartchamber.com)
• Lakefront Art Festival: August 18th & 19th – Michigan City, IN (219)874-4900
• Summer Arts & Crafts Fair: August 18th & 19th – Munster, IN (www.munster.org)
• Taste of Porter County: August 25th & 26th (www.tasteofportercounty.com)
• Kouts Porkfest: August 25th – Kouts, IN (www.koutsporkfest.com)
• Lowell Labor Day Festival: August 30th-Sept. 3rd – Lowell, IN (www.lowell.net)
• Midwest Zest Fest: Sept. 7th-9th – Highland, IN (219)923-3666
• Popcorn Festival: Sept 8th – Valparaiso, IN (www.valparaisoevents.com)
• Wizard of Oz Festival: Sept. 14th-16th – Chesterton, IN (www.ozfestivalchesterton.com)
And as always, I appreciate any comments, suggestions, questions, stories, etc. Please contact me at our e-mail address: email@example.com or leave me a voice mail at (219)947-4313. And to read past golf course reviews – or to just visit Golf Plus newspaper online – visit our website at GolfPlusOnline.net.
Special thanks this month: To Ken Nabhan and the entire staff at Duck Creek GC – including Lynn, Fritz, Moose, Joyce, Denny & Dan – and to my lovely wife Mary and Michael Modrzejewski for all their help. And a special shout out to BARBARA VAN HORN who I met at Duck Creek with her friend Julie Prentice. BARBARA had just recorded her 1ST HOLE-IN-ONE at Duck Creek’s 10th hole on June 9th, and she asked if we could print it REAL BIG – Congratulations BARBARA and many more!
Last Shots: Congratulations on the success of Wicker Park’s “Night Golf” – even though the weather was a little rough – I hear it went great! Thanks to Andy Soley and his staff at White Hawk including Mark, Marv Jr., Jeannie, and Lindsay – the place looks fantastic. “Big” congratulation to Aberdeen’s CC’s General Manager Andy Perez (and his wife Amy) (Mostly to his wife Amy!) on the birth of their 1st child – (a girl) named Jude! And, it was great talking to longtime teacher at Merrillville H.S. (34) years – and golf coach – (50) years – Coach Jim Vermillion. You forget a lot (40) years removed from high school - but you never forget a true gentleman.