Indiana is located in the heart of the Midwest, with close proximity to cities such as St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Chicago it’s the perfect place to visit. From beaches and fishing along the coast of Lake Michigan to horse racing and casinos in the southern region, this state has a wide range of attractions to keep you busy, none more so than sports. Indiana loves their sport teams, just asks Colts (NFL) and Pacers (NBA) fans, but you can’t mention Indianapolis without mentioning motorsports. Every Memorial Day weekend the Indianapolis Motor Speedway plays host to the largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500. Their love for all things sports carries over into their passion for the game of golf. This state, like most Midwestern states, offers golfers beautifully challenging courses that are perfectly maintained during the summer high months.
Only in Indiana and at the French Lick Resort can you find a Pete Dye, Donald Ross, and Tom Bendelow design. This is a golfers paradise, keeping players entertained with challenging and beautiful courses that are each different in their own regard. The Dye Course which was originally sketched on a napkin is cut out of the rolling hills with spectacular views. Montie won the 2015 Senior PGA championship on this course and afterwards called it “"one of the iconic courses" in America and one that golfers all over the world will want to play. Not to be outdone the Donald Ross course underwent a $5 million restoration in collaboration with the Donald Ross Society. When the project was completed, 80 of Ross’ trademark bunkers with flat bottoms and deep, gnarly faces were once again in place along with expanded, square or rectangular shaped greens that severely undulate. French Lick Resort is a must visit for golfers!!
Another Pete Dye course, The Fort Golf Resort, is considered one of the best public courses in the Indianapolis area. Golfers will love this challenge with the beautiful tree lined fairways, the strategic bunkering, and the undulating greens. If you want to live dangerously Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville has 130+ bunkers golfers have to avoid over their 18 challenging holes. This course is adaptable to all skill levels too boasting the longest set of tees (7,754 yards from the tips) as well as the shortest (4,562 yards from the far forwards) in Indiana. Other fun and challenging public courses in the state include Brickyard Crossing and Prairie View.
Known for its motor speedway, Indiana golf can often get overshadowed. But a visit to this state with your clubs and you’ll soon realize motor sports aren’t the only thing they take seriously!