Noble Hawk Golf Links and Cobblestone Golf Course are both located west of the small town of Kendallville. This small rural town of 10,000 people has two main hotels for you to stay at while you are playing their highly rated golf courses, the Best Western and Holiday Inn Express. If you desire to be closer to amenities that you would find in a city, the second largest city in Indiana is just 30 miles to the south. Fort Wayne, Indiana is best known for its night life in its lively downtown district, where you will find three great hotels: Hilton, Courtyard by Marriot, and Hampton Inn. The location of these two golf courses provide you with plenty of options, whether you desire a more country laid back trip or looking for more of the city entertainment. Now that we have talked a little about where to stay while playing up here in Northeast Indiana, what about the golf courses? And why should you make the trek to these places?
COBBLESTONE GOLF COURSE
The newer of the two facilities by one year, Cobblestone opened in 1998 and was designed by ASGCA architect Steve Burns. Steve Burns started his career working as a design and construction associate for Fazio Golf Course designers for seven years and then another seven years for Thompson Dyke & Associates before starting Burns Golf Design in 1988. Besides Cobblestone there are six other Steve Burn golf courses in operation across the United States. Cobblestone is his lone course in Indiana.
Cobblestone has five sets of tees for all levels, playing as short as 4,734 yards to 7,005 yards from the back tees. From the back tees the slope is 130 and the course rating is 73.2. The first three holes are rated five, three, and seven respectfully with two par 4’s and a par five to finish a difficult starting group. Holes four thru seven all have the trees to deal with and also a pond with creek complex winding its way through these holes. Finishing off the front nine you will play the 432 yard par 4 and hardest hole on the course.
The back nine plays a little longer then the front nine but is not quite as difficult with less tree lined holes as you see on the front nine. The 10th and 11th are separated by a pond and the par 3, 12th you have to hit your tee shot over a pond and bunker to reach the green. Your day will finish on the par 5, 18th hole that plays 527 yards and is rated as the easiest hole on the course. If you have been beat up all day here is your chance to get one or possibly two back. The tee shot is fairly wide open except for a fairway bunker on the left side, if you are a long hitter and go for the green in two you must have a power fade in the bag to go after this tree line protected slight dogleg right close to the green, which is well protected by bunkers.
Cobblestone is a fantastic golf course sitting on 240 acres of rolling terrain, rare for Northern Indiana. There is also a wonderful banquet and event center for your parties or business outings. Contact the staff of Cobblestone at 260-349-1550 or visit their website.
NOBLE HAWK GOLF LINKS
Noble Hawk is an American links style golf course with some Scottish flare, especially on the front nine. Local PGA Professional and Olympian, Tim Dykstra and his brother Mark designed this golf course. The front nine plays to a links style with wide open fields and a natural flow of the land, when you make it to the back nine you will find a mix of links with some parkland features. Tim and his brother Mark opened Noble Hawk in 1997 with the belief of, we build it they will come. And golfers have come, in 2018 Noble Hawk ranked #17 in Indiana by Golf Advisor. My recent 31 Best rankings, which includes private facilities, Noble Hawk was #30 just behind Country Club of Indianapolis.
There are four sets of tees to choose from depending on ability:
- Talon 73.3/ 132 6817 yards
- Augusta 71.5/ 130 6411 yards
- Whie 69.7/ 126 6007 yards
- Senior 69.7/ 126 5313 yards
Your day starts off on a 407 yard par 4, with forced carry on the first tee that only gets longer the farther down the right side that you aim. They have you trapped to aim down the right side a little, otherwise you might find the left fairway bunker. As you move onto the second hole you will get to see a design feature that is fairly rare in the States yet it happens twice at Noble Hawk. The large green complex at this 178 yard par 3 is shared with the par 3 17th. Your first par 5 of the day is the third hardest hole on the course, playing nearly 600 yards there is OB to the right and a pond to the left. Your lay up shot is not a walk in the park, as you will either have to challenge a pinch point where there is a fairway bunker on the right and a pond complex on the left, or layup short of the danger and still have decent length shot into the green on your third shot. The ninth hole is the hardest hole on the golf course, this 429 yard par 4 aims straight at a pond which protects the right side of the split fairway and the front of the large green complex. Precision and yardage control is an absolute must to score on this hole. The view is spectacular on this hole which is the second shared green, between the 9th and the 18th.
On to the back nine you will move more into a parkland style mixed with links where precision is key on most of your shots with trees surrounding most of the holes. Your second par 5 of the day is yet another difficult 600 yard hole with trees surround it and a split fairway with a creek running in between the fairways. Your trek on the back does not get much easier when you reach the picturesque 222 yard par 3, a pond protects most of this peninsula style green. The final hole on this par 71 course is the 507 yard par 5, with the shared green complex with the 9th hole. You will be tested with your tee shot on this hole as there is OB to the right and the large pond that protects the left side and front of the green. This risk reward hole gives you the opportunity to either finish off your day really well or seriously hurt you final score.
Both Cobblestone and Noble Hawk are fantastic golf courses to make the trek to the Northeast portion of Indiana. For a fantastic and budget friendly business trip, Midwest golf trip, or just a day trip Noble Hawk and Cobblestone are great places to visit.
2702 Cobblestone Lane
Kendallville, Indiana 46755
3005 Noble Hawk Dr.
Kendallville, Indiana 46755