Golf Getaways

Indianapolis as a golf destination? Believe it. Take it from Jack Barber, the 2009 PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Barber, the president of the Indiana PGA Section, has worked for 28 years as the head professional at Meridian Hills Country Club and has watched the area's golf scene explode. "There has been an influx of great daily-fee courses," Barber says. "For golfers in the Midwest, this a great area to play and have fun and enjoy."


Brickyard Crossing

Four holes of this Pete Dye-redesigned masterpiece are located in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, making for a one-of-a-kind, iconic Indy golf experience. The century-old track provides a unique yet beautiful home for an exciting round of golf, complete with Dye’s infamous railroad ties and creek banks lined with concrete from the race track’s former walls. Brickyard Crossing is one of only a few courses in the country to have hosted PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour events.

BARBER SAYS: "The finishing holes are just fabulous--eighteen might be one of the best in Indiana. The green looks like there might be three or four Volkswagens buried in it."

PAR 72 // TEES 4 // COURSE YARDAGE 5,038 to 6,994 // GREENS FEES $100 for 18 holes, $50 re-play // CLUB RENTAL Yes // ADDRESS 4400 W. 16th St. // BOOK 317-492-6572

Rolling hills and a picturesque setting on the edge of 1,700-acre Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park create a breathtaking Pete Dye design with tree-lined fairways, undulating greens, and elevation changes surprising for Central Indiana. Once a U.S. Army post named after Indiana’s only President, the former military base was converted into a state park and nature reserve in 1995, and the course opened in 1997. National golf publications consistently rank this course among the best in the state.

BARBER SAYS: "The elevation change is so uncharacteristic to Indiana. You think you're in the Kentucky mountains or the Carolinas. And it's a very challenging golf course. The tree-lined fairways and wooded areas put a tremendous premium on driving the ball in play."

PAR 72 // TEES 4 // COURSE YARDAGE 5,045 to 7,148 // GREENS FEES $48-$74 for 18 holes, $49 twilight rate, $35 re-play // CLUB RENTAL Yes // ADDRESS 6002 N. Post Rd. // BOOK 317-543-9597

British Open champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Price co-designed this scenic links-style course with 18 memorable holes. Characterized by native prairie grasses, wildflowers, rolling terrain, and plenty of white sand bunkers, this risk-reward course will impress golfers and naturalists alike.

BARBER SAYS: "It might be as premium of a driving course as we have because of the severity of the bunkers. A lot of greens have great contours, so it's challenging to hit the ball in the right place for your putting."

PAR 72 // TEES 5 // COURSE YARDAGE 5,536 to 7,267 // GREENS FEES $35-$55 for 18 holes, $29 for 9 holes, $17-$29 twilight rate // CLUB RENTAL Yes // ADDRESS 6701 S. Heartland Blvd., Camby // BOOK 317-630-1785

This classic links-style course is designed to impress and challenge with more than 125 crushed limestone bunkers and seemingly endless tall grasses. And when the wind is blowing, the course is sure to live up to its name. But with six sets of tees ranging from 4,562 to 7,754, it remains playable and has earned recognition as one of Golf Digest’s America’s Top 50 Courses for Women 2010-2013.

BARBER SAYS: "With that many bunkers, every green is so well-protected. That makes Purgatory a great target golf course. You see where you want to hit it, and you have to use good judgment on how to get the ball in play."

PAR 72 // TEES 6 // COURSE YARDAGE 4,562 to 7,754 // GREENS FEES $60-$75 for 18 holes // CLUB RENTAL Yes // ADDRESS 12160 E. 216th St., Noblesville // BOOK 317-776-4653

Pete Dye Golf TrailThe Pete Dye Golf Trail

Every golf fan knows course designer Pete Dye's work, from the island-green 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass in Florida to the lighthouse hole at Hilton Head's Harbour Town. But did you know the World Golf Hall of Famer was a top amateur in Indiana and started his career here? Not only that, but he also honed his legendary course architecture skills right here in Indiana. With Indiana as the home to more Pete Dye courses than any other place in the world, he handpicked seven of his favorite courses to be part of the Pete Dye Golf Trail.

Dye, 84, continues to work as the country's foremost golf course architect and has a soft spot for his hometown projects. "There are a lot of golf courses in Indianapolis for its population," he says. The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Springs Resort in southern Indiana was voted the country's best new public course in 2009.



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