Indiana Golf Courses

Adventure the Courses Built by the Legend: Pete Dye Golf Trail

One of the Nations Top 10 States for golf. -Golf Advisor

From the rolling hills of the south to the wind swept flat lands in the north, Indiana is a great place for golf with some even better views. There is no better man out there who has taken the natural beauty that Indiana provides and expand on it, then Pete Dye. And along his side, until recently, his wife Alice Dye.

While Mr. Dye was born in Urbana, Ohio, he absolutely is a part of Indiana. On a later date I will write about Mr. Dye’s history, if you are interested, click this link.

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Pete Dye is credited for designing 154 golf courses world wide. 22 of these courses are in the state of Indiana, including his first nine-hole and first eighteen-hole golf courses. -Dye Designs-  The last year that Mitch Daniels was governor of Indiana was 2013, he was a staunch supporter of Pete Dye and is a big reason, that in 2013 the Pete Dye Golf Trail was created.

On the trail you will visit a world class resort, golf inside the track of a famous motor speedway, play on an old U.S. Army post, and play Pete Dye’s very first eighteen hole golf course. And where better to start then the very first golf course:

MAPLE CREEK GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB (1961)

In 1961, Pete Dye’s very first eighteen hole golf course opened on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Like many of his future designs Alice Dye was a partner in this design. When it originally opened it was called Heather Hills Golf and Country Club. The yardage might bring fear to some of the best golfers but don’t be fooled this course has a rating of 72.7 with a slope of 141 which is pretty tough for a course that peeks at 6,633 yards.

For more information, tee times, and rates visit: Pete Dye Golf Trail

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TIPPECANOE COUNTRY CLUB (1920, 1963)

The oldest golf course on the Trail, TCC’s original nine-holes was designed by Roy Robertson prior to the creation of Lake Shafer. Pete Dye finished this beautiful golf course by adding another nine holes and reworking the front nine in 1963. Tippecanoe Country club runs along Lake Shafer in Monticello, Indiana and was rated by Golf Advisor #23 “Top Courses in Indiana” in 2017. There are four sets of tees with the back tees playing 6,784 yards with a rating of 71.4 and a slope of 124.

For more information, tee times, and rates visit: https://www.tippecanoecc.com/

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BRICKYARD CROSSING (1993)

How about an opportunity to play four of your holes inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Yes, this is the racetrack where the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 are held. Here you will see Pete Dyes signature railroad ties. He also placed large concrete slabs in the creek, the concrete came from the old walls that use to line the raceway. Everything about this place screams racing and Pete Dye shows how to utilize your surroundings. Especially with Brickyard Crossing which could easily be upstaged with it location. This course tips out at 6,994 yards with a rating of 74 and slope of 143.

For more information, tee times, and rates visit: https://www.brickyardcrossing.com/

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THE FORT GOLF RESORT

Just northeast of Indianapolis, President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated Fort Benjamin Harrison in 1906, this was in honor of past President who resided in Indianapolis. The old U.S. Army Depot closed in 1991 and became a State Park in 1995 opening the way for a rebuild of the old military golf course on-site. Teamed up with Tim Liddy, Pete Dye went to work on designing what was considered by Golf Digest as the #3 “Best Affordable New Public Courses” in 1998. This scenic hilly golf course stretches out to 7,148 yards with a course rating of 75.0 and a slope of 143.

For more information, tee times, and rates visit: https://www.thefortgolfcourse.com/

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KAMPEN GOLF COURSE (1997)

Pete Dye’s first stop in West Lafayette at Purdue University was a walk through the north course in 1994. Utilizing his well known style of vast bunkering, use of native grasslands, and addition of ponds and a natural celery bog, Pete Dye rebuilt the North Course into a world class golf course. Kampen has been awarded by Golf Digest 4.5 stars for “places to play.” This course tips out at 7,045 yards with a course rating of 75.9 and a slope of 143.

For more information, tee times, and rates visit: https://www.purduegolf.com/index.php

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THE PETE DYE COURSE AT FRENCH LICK (2009)

Honestly the ambiance at this luxuriously restored resort town is amazing and that’s before you get on the newly remodeled Ross course or the Crown Jewel, The Pete Dye Course. Pete built the impossible on top of one of the highest points in Indiana. Fairways are tight, greens are above you on every shot, and the facility is in absolute pristine condition. This venue has already hosted the 2015 Senior PGA Championship. Tipped out at 8,102 yards with a rating of 80 and a slope of 148.

For more information, tee times, and rates visit: https://www.frenchlick.com/golf/petedye

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ACKERMAN – ALLEN COURSE (2017)

Almost twenty years later Pete Dye made another visit to West Lafayette and Purdue University. This time it was to rebuild the South Course. This parkland style course is beautiful with tree lined fairways and large greens it was designed for many ability levels. Tipped out at 7,500 yards the rating is 76.8 with a slope of 137.

For more information, tee times, and rates visit: https://www.purduegolf.com/index.php

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Resources: dyedesign.com, petedyegolftrail.com, golfadvisor.com, golfdigest.com

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