Getting To Know: Rock Hollow Golf Club
An Insightful Interview With Todd M Smith, PGA Golf Professional
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Todd M Smith who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Rock Hollow Golf Club was a reclamation project for Rock Industries, an aggregate company that was located in Peru, IN. The golf course is laid out over 300 acres of a mined-out gravel pit. Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings, Rock Hollow mixes old growth forests, cat tailed wetlands, beautiful boulders and changes in elevation to produce dramatic scenery. With four sets of tees, Rock Hollow is enjoyable for golfers of any skill level. Rock Hollow has hosted two Indiana Opens and one Indiana Amateur.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
The key to a good score at Rock Hollow is getting your tee shot in play. Rock Hollow has very generous fairways with wide landing areas. If you hit your tee shots past the landing areas the fairways become much more narrow. Proper club selection on tee boxes is critical.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole 14 is our signature hole. It can play to any yardage between 100 and 235 yards. The hole sits on a peaceful and beautiful natural pond. The green site is elevated and parts of the contoured, 10,000 square feet green are hidden from view on the tee boxes. The green is well protected with marshes and rock formations. Green side bunkers were not needed for this gem!
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is #1. This is the perfect starting hole, a very short par 4. The view from the tee box is spectacular. A great start to a great course! The key to playing #1 is to only hit your tee shot about 200 yards. A 200 yard shot will leave you with a 100 yard approach at the perfect angle. Leave the driver in the bag!
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Must food and drink is "the big dog" and Arnold Palmer. You should also try the Birdie Crunch!
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Course record is 62-Chris Smith
Back Tee Stats
Rock Hollow Golf Club
669 S. County Road
250 West Peru, IN, 46970
Revised: 04/14/2014 - Article Viewed 20,179 Times - View Golf Course Profile
Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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