Play in the sunshine

Parkers Lake Golf Center is open for the season

Parkers Lake Golf Center is open for the season

When most people think about jail, they don’t envision bunkers and birdies, green grass and sunny skies. But since 1998, the county has operated a driving range, a nine hole chip-n-putt course and a putting green at the Adult Corrections Facility in Plymouth.

“We see people of all ability levels come to the Parkers Lake Golf Center because they know it doesn’t matter if they are a hack or a jack, they will find something to improve their game,” said golf manager Joey Leeman. “It really has become a fixture of the local community.”

Giving back

The golf center is open to the public, and gives back to the community by providing free practice time to several high school golf teams and Special Olympic athletes.

“We want to be a good neighbor to the people living by the facility,” said Connie Meyer, program manager at the Adult Corrections Facility. “Donating free practice time to youth is just one way we can do that.”

The golf center also provides residents at the corrections facility with learning opportunities. Qualified residents mow grass, collect golf balls and perform tee box maintenance.

“Working at Parkers Lake is a great way for residents to learn important job skills,” said Meyer. “It is our hope that their time at the golf center will lead to them securing employment after they leave the facility.”

Finally, community volunteers pitch-in by staffing the clubhouse – and are rewarded with a free bucket of driving range balls after each shift.

Learn more at

www.hennepin.us/golf