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                                       Opened in 1968, Mystic Hills Golf Course in nearby Culver Indiana is a beautiful (18) hole golf course hard 
                                    against the marvelous recreational area of Lake Maxinkuckee.                               
                                       This Pete Dye designed course offers outstanding “vistas” throughout, several challenging holes packed 
                                   “full” of “character,” and much, much more.
                                    Culver, Indiana
                                       Located in Marshall County Indiana (and almost due south of South Bend, IN – by about 40 miles), the town of Culver is a great little town – steeped in tradition – and a fun get-a-way for golfers/or/families.
With Lake Maxinkuckee – (Indiana’s 2nd largest natural lake at (1864) acres) – offering options of swimming, sailing, skiing, fishing, or winter sports on its (10) miles of shoreline – (and) – the small shops and restaurants throughout the area - Culver is a wonderful year-round destination.
   (And), of course a tour of Culver Military Academy – founded in 1894, & co-ed since, 1971, can be a fun/historic stop while in town.
Mystic Hills Golf Course
   This par (71) – (6,800 – 4,800) yard course – with its (5) sets of tees is the northernmost golf course along the – (6 course) – “Pete Dye Golf Trail” – in the state of Indiana. Featuring numerous elevation changes, rolling greens, fairway and greenside bunkering/mounding, mature trees, and just enough hazards to test your nerves – MHGC is a great place to enjoy a round of golf – regardless of your skill level.
   Men’s, women’s, and senior leagues are available, as is an excellent junior program – and lessons from Golf Professional Adam Gruenig. For those of us from out of town, partial membership packages are available, and golf “packages” – (more later) – or outings/banquets are always welcomed (&) very well run.
   The carts are in great shape, there is a putting green (and) large all grass driving range; a scoreboard, club rentals, a fully stocked golf shop, an indoor seating area – serving brats/burgers, etc.; a fully stocked bar – including the “self-proclaimed” best bloody Mary on the trail! An outside deck w/rocking chairs overlooking the course; and a (100+) banquet facility; and all “served-up” by a most friendly staff!
And More!
   Now, normally the article on the course would be finished -but- Mystic Hills offers an incredible “Stay & Play” option for golfers not seen at many other facilities – “A Must” – for groups interested in a fun golf outing in our area!
   You see, within a “wedge shot” of the clubhouse stand (2) very nice cabins, which can accommodate (6) people each – varying in price from $160 to $280 per night – depending on the season – a great value! But wait?! This price per cabin, per night, also includes unlimited! golf, cart, and use of the driving range! I’ll let you do the math – but for approximately $100 or less – you and your friends/spouses can eat, drink, play golf, and stay the night! – One More! – Turn in your scorecard at the bar after your round, and whatever you shot, is what your 1st beer costs! Cool!
In Conclusion
   If you and your friends feel like a short trip – (it took me one hour & forty minutes to drive to the course from Hammond, Indiana) – get-a-way and stay over on a beautifully conditioned course – in a quiet, peaceful setting, Mystic Hills Golf Club & Cabins is A Must!
Mystic Hills is located in Culver, Indiana, the address is 16788 20B Road Culver, IN 46511, the phone # is (574)842-2687 -or- www.mystichills.com - take the time to go see the course and area – you will not regret it! And oh yeah – the course is in the eastern time zone (an hour ahead) so plan accordingly.
Golf Shots
• The tours Just keep getting better
• The LPGA Tour saw a new star – (17) year old Canadian – Brooke Henderson – get her 1st victory at the Cambia Portland Classic, and (18) year old New Zealander Lydia Ko take home the Women’s Canadian Open title for the 3rd time! The Yokohama LPGA Classic was the 1st win for Kris Tamulis (&) Hall of Famer Julie Inkster – the US Solheim Cup captain – won her 1st “Legends Tour” event (the equivalent of the Men’s Champions Tour) at the beautiful French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana.
The Champions Tour “Shaw Charity Classic” title went to this year’s hottest player – Jeff Maggert, the Boeing Classic victory was won by Billy Andrade, and Jeff Maggert took home the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open trophy for his 4th win of 2015.
The Euro Tour only held (2) events in August, with veteran British golfer David Horsey winning the Made In Denmark Open (&) Belgian Thomas Pieters won the Czech Masters.
On the PGA Tour – Irishman Shane Lowry got his 1st ever win at the Bridgestone Invitational – the 97th PGA Championship title went to Australian Jason Day at the fantastic Whistling Straits GC – (with its 1,000+ sand traps!) – for his 1st ever major win – an event that saw Jordan Spieth set an all-time record of (-54) for the (4) majors; (51) year old Davis Love III got his 21st career win at the Wyndham Championship – becoming the 3rd oldest winner ever on tour (&) only the 3rd player to win in (4) decades! And then Jason Day takes home the Barclays Tourney – shooting 63-62 on the weekend for his 4th win of the year – Jordan Spieth missing the cut – falling to #2 in the world behind Rory McIlroy (&) on Sunday, lefty Brian Harman made his 1st ever hole-in-one on tour – and his second! in the same round – something that has only happened twice in tour history.
In nearby Olympia Fields, Illinois, the US Amateur title went to Bryson DeChambeau – who became only the 5th golfer to win both the NCAA Individual title & the Amateur in the same year.
(And) on the Tiger watch – Tiger Woods, still recovering from surgery in March – (he had had (4) knee surgeries as well) – missed the cut at the PGA Championship (&) making it his 4th missed cut in the last (5) majors – news? Yeaa – because at one point, Tiger went (10) years without missing a cut in a major! Then a couple weeks later, he shot 64 at the Wyndham in the 1st round – (his lowest round in (2) years) – finished tied for 10th – and helped set an all-time attendance record at the event! Can he come back? I don’t know – but a friend recently said to me that when Tiger was winning “everything” – everybody loved his swing – except him! Maybe he’ll just relax and “be the ball” again!
(And also) go to www.bmwchampionship.com if you would like to see the top (70) players in the world compete at the BMW Championship Sept. 14th-20th at the beautiful Conway Farms GC in nearby Lake Forest, Illinois.
Quick Shots
   Fall leagues are now forming at many local courses – join in – and get those 2015 golf course memberships now! Many courses throw-in the balance of 2015 fee! (And) fall rates are kicking-in everywhere – take advantage.
And good luck to all – as the final days of the year-long Pepsi-Illiana Challenge Series winds down for the year – culminating with the “Jackpot” final Sept. 18th at Scherwood GC in Schererville, Indiana.
   A couple events for good causes will be held this month – as the annual Verta Richards Foundation Golf Outing takes place at Indian Ridge GC in Hobart, IN – Saturday Sept 12th – raising $ for pancreatic cancer research – call (219)942-6462 for details. The Melanie Greer Benefit & Chili Cookoff is on Saturday Sept 26th at Mystic Hills GC in Culver, IN – great fun – great cause – (574)842-2687 for info. And the 16th annual Calumet College Crimson Wave Golf Outing is Monday Sept 21st at the Lost Marsh Golf Course in Hammond, IN – info call – (219)473-4327 – all proceeds benefit the Crimson Wave Athletic Department.
   And for some non-golf fun – check out the “Heartland Poker Tour” event running until Sept 7th at the Ameristar Hotel & Casino in East Chicago, IN – go to ameristar.com to sign up. The Culver Indiana Fall Fest goes on Oct 9th, 10th, & 11th in Culver – great fest. Check it out at culverfallfest.com. And for more festivals/fall fun, go to alongthesouthshore.com – there are way too many local events for kids of all ages – including: The Valparaiso Popcorn Festival on Sept 12th – the 10th annual “Bizarre Bazaar in downtown Hammond, IN on Sept. 19th – Oktoberfest in Crown Point, IN on Oct. 3rd – (&) Munster Ale Fest at Centennial Park in Munster, IN on Oct. 17. – Enjoy!
   Special thanks this month to: To Mike Modrzejewski – simply the best – to Mary for everything, and to Mystic Hills GC owner Vicki Pugh, Superintendent/Golf Professional Dave Pugh, and their staff – including Susie, Debbie, Stacey, and Kassie.
As always, I appreciate any comments, suggestions, questions, stories, etc. Please contact me at our e-mail address: golfplus3@netzero.com or leave me a voicemail at (219)947-4314, and to read past golf course reviews – or to just visit Golf Plus newspaper online – visit our website at GolfPlusOnline.net.
   Lastly: From a sign seen at Mystic Hills GC – To some golfers, the greatest handicap is the ability to add correctly! See ya - Pete

Mystic Hills GC in Culver, IN _ A Must!
by Pete Mandich
GPO Correspondent