My first 18 hole tournament was at Covered Bridge Golf Club in Sellersburg, Indiana. We will not talk about my final score at that tournament, as I was completely overwhelmed by the size and scale of everything at the facility. Covered Bridge was my first experience at any golf course outside of my smaller scale hometown course, let alone one that would be considered a top 30 course in the State of Indiana.
Fuzzy Zoeller, is probably known for his Vodka more then golf in his home state anymore; however, this two time major champion and ten time Tour winner has designed and built two spectacular courses in Southern Indiana. Covered Bridge is the oldest of the two, Fuzzy teamed up with ASGCA member Clyde Johnston to design this wonderful course which opened in 1994. Covered Bridge is a parkland style golf course that features five ponds, a creek, many trees, well placed bunkers, and the picturesque covered bridge. There are five sets of tees, with the Fuzzy tees tipping out at 7,068 yards and playing to a course rating of 74.0.
Your round will start on the beautiful 432 yard par 4, which is the easiest hole on the golf course. A prime tee shot is the key here with OB to the left it is wise to find the right side of the fairway. The green is very receptive, while also narrow; however, if you find yourself left or right of the green this hole will become difficult. With some well placed shots the first hole is a great birdie opportunity.
The first par 5 of the day is also the hardest hole on the golf course playing at only 531 yards. A well placed drive down the right side helps you avoid the tree line on the left side while also providing you with the best angle at the green on this slight left dogleg. There is water and trees on the right side of the fairway from your approach all the way through the green, only the longest hitters will be going for this green in two. It is not that advisable to go for this green from long distance, besides the water and trees there are two greenside bunkers protecting from errant shots.
Besides the covered bridge that you cross going to holes three, four, and five the green complex that is shard between nine and eighteen is the key feature of the golf course. The ninth hole is a beast of a hole. This 600 yard par 5 has water down the left side for the entire hole, six fairways bunkers, and three greenside bunkers. If you are able to have distance control this is an obtainable par 5 to finish your front nine.
The 13th hole is the most difficult on the backside with OB running down the left side and heavy rough and trees running down the right side, the tee shot is very tight and is a must for a good approach to one of the most difficult greens on the course. Walk away with a par on this hole and move on.
Hole nines reflective hole the eighteenth is a 563 yard par 5. A large pond complex separates these two holes which share a wide but shallow green complex. Eighteen like nine is not that difficult just stay on the left side away from the water and avoid the four fairway bunkers, trees, and three greenside bunkers. Eighteen provides an opportunity to walk away with a good score and good feelings finish off your round.
COME AND PLAY
If you are out of town and would like an opportunity to play tow of Indiana top 30 courses, I would highly suggest choosing Fuzzy Covered Bridge and Champions Pointe, we will be talking about Champions Pointe in a couple of weeks. Learn more at: https://fuzzygolf.com/covered-bridge/