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Golf Indiana


There really is no one key place to golf in Indiana. The top ten in the state are a blanket of most every region. The most celebrated course is Otter Creek in Columbus, Indiana. Ranked 31st of 100 top public courses by Golf Digest, this course has an interesting story to it. The initial 18 holes were designed by Robert Trent Jones, and opened in 1964. Robert's son, Rees Jones, was asked to orchestrate 9 additional holes which would fit seamlessly with his father's original course. Rees rose to the challenge, and the 27-hole championship course was opened in 1995. Consistently ranked in the upper portion of the top public courses in the U.S., Otter Creek Golf Course provides a natural challenge for each shot, and distinguishes itself from other courses in the unique way that the natural contours of the land are incorporated into that challenge.

Prairie View Golf Course in Carmel, and The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis earn the #2 and #3 spots, while Brickyard Crossing, also in Indianapolis, takes up fourth place. Rock Hollow in Peru, Purgatory in Noblesville, Bear Slide in Cicero, Heartland Crossing in Camby, Kampen in West Lafayette, and The Trophy Club in Lebanon round off the remaining top ten spots in Indiana. As you can see, they’re all across the map.

The Indiana Golf Association (IGA) is active, hosting tournaments at least every weekend, starting at the end of April and on through October. Their support consists of paid positions as well as volunteers, ensuring a smooth attention to details during the tournaments. The Indiana Golf Hall of Fame, located in Franklin, Indiana, includes PGA tour players Jim Gallagher, Jr., Bill Kratzert, entertainer-comedian Phil Harris, former president of the PGA of America Mickey Powell, and the celebrated golf course architects Pete and Alice Dye. The IGHOF exists to acknowledge appreciation of select individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the game.