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post #19 of 27

Re: Indiana Golf

Originally Posted by mckennwa View Post
Perhaps I can revive this thread.

I have played golf all over Indiana and a lot in Indianapolis.

My favorite courses would have to go in the following order, and having the following rating.

Victoria National (5+) - It's not even close, this is the nicest unknown course in the area. Impeccably maintained, but very challenging.

Bear Slide (5) - Great course in Cicero. Not too well known, so only good golfers here mostly. Specials can be had on golfnow.com for $37, a steal. Greens are not as fast as they used to be this year, sadly.

Prairie View (4) - Great course, but pretty pricey, I only play there for the $55 twilight.
Purgatory (4) - Challenging but fun course, but can also be pricey.
Crooked Stick (4) - Great course, sneaky in how strategic most holes are. Only a true golfer will appreciate the subtle challenges Pete Dye put in. This course is famous more so for its members than the course though.
The Fort (4) - Beautiful golf course, but attracts some hackers, so can be a slow round.

Ironwood (3.5) - Great golf course for a good rate. Never terribly crowded. The 6th and 7th on the lakes nine are two of the prettiest holes in Indianapolis.

I have played just about every course around Indy, so if someone has a question, I'd be happy to answer them.
Are there any less-challenging courses around central Indiana that are well-maintained? To give you an idea of where I'm coming from, I would consider the Sycamore course at Eagle Creek difficult, and I won't even bother with a place like Purgatory yet.
post #20 of 27

Re: Indiana Golf

Originally Posted by pxc View Post
Are there any less-challenging courses around central Indiana that are well-maintained? To give you an idea of where I'm coming from, I would consider the Sycamore course at Eagle Creek difficult, and I won't even bother with a place like Purgatory yet.
For the money, I think that Fox Prairie in Noblesville is a good course. I go there with friends a decent amount. It's $27 to walk on weekend and in good shape.

Also, Hickory Stick on the south side is in good shape and not too difficult. You might also try River Glen or Gray Eagle on the north east side. Wood Wind in Carmel is maintained fairly well and is pretty easy to find balls on, but it can get awfully crowded. For the money, I think the best course for a mid to high handicapper (especially one who isn't too long of a hitter) is South Grove downtown. It's in the best shape of all the munis, though not too interesting for better players.

Good luck.
post #21 of 27

Re: Indiana Golf

Quail Crossing: Boonville Indiana

I am a member here, so that is a automatic plus. (JK) Okay, here goes.

Quail crossing is an amazing course to say the least. The course itsslef is 6758 from the golds and 6012 from the whites. They also have green (ladies) and blue (between the whites and golds). It has three par 3's 11 par 4's and 4 par 5's. Their holes are a pleasure to play, and most of the players I have run into are great people. The course is well kept, with very clear signs in areas that carts should, and shouldn't be taken on different days. It has a few rustic barns around the course, and a foundation of what seems to be an old barn next to a tee box of a par 4. Like I said this is a fun and well kept course.

The course is a community as well, so there are houses scattered about the course, a few holes lined with houses. The greens are very fun to play, and the holes are constantly moved around, so it is always a "different" hole. The tee boxes are well cut, and the fairways are decent, though some weekend warriors dont replace holes too much. The carts are electric and very quiet. This is quite a hilly course, but not over whelming. The par 3's are a absolute blast to play, as are the par 5's. Trees are ample, and I donot believe there is one hole that doesn't contain a sand trap. The first nine bring you around and back to the clubhouse where there is a bar and a big screen, and then you shoot out onto the back nine, which again, bring you to the club house. There are water coolers at many holes, accompanied by paper cups in case you get thirsty. My only complaint is some people are painfully slow, but most will let you play through. There are many lakes and creeks here as well.

There is a chipping green, a seperate putting green, and a very large driving range, with greens scatterd about at 150-300 yard marks.

I believe it is $44 to play 18 with a cart on the weekend, and if you are ever in or around Evansville/Newburgh/Boonville, I invite you to play a round of golf at Quail Crossing.
post #22 of 27

Re: Indiana Golf

I played Blackthorn GC in S. Bend last Friday. I found it be a beautiful and challenging course.
post #23 of 27

Re: Indiana Golf

Originally Posted by mckennwa View Post
For the money, I think that Fox Prairie in Noblesville is a good course. I go there with friends a decent amount. It's $27 to walk on weekend and in good shape.

Also, Hickory Stick on the south side is in good shape and not too difficult. You might also try River Glen or Gray Eagle on the north east side. Wood Wind in Carmel is maintained fairly well and is pretty easy to find balls on, but it can get awfully crowded. For the money, I think the best course for a mid to high handicapper (especially one who isn't too long of a hitter) is South Grove downtown. It's in the best shape of all the munis, though not too interesting for better players.

Good luck.
Thanks for the suggestions! I work downtown so I will have to check out South Grove. It sounds like my kind of place for now.
post #24 of 27

Re: Indiana Golf

So I havent really seen anyone talk much about northern Indiana golf yet so ill throw out a few courses for you northerners. Yeah I currently live in Jacksonville Florida so if you have any plans coming down this way let me know and I can point the hoosiers in the right direction.

#1 Rock Hollow Golf Course; Peru, Indiana....Probably one of the best kept secrets in the state. Imaculate condition every time I have played it. Can play tough. Built on old stone quarry in the middle of nowhere with lots off woods. Beautiful course. Greens fees typically run about 40-50 dollars. bout an hour and 15 minutes north of Indy.

#2 Cherry Hill Golf Club; Fort Wayne, Indiana....Newer subdivision course that is very playable complete with an island green and some very creative holes. 35-45$

#3 Mystic Hills; Culver, Indiana....Located off of Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver. Sweet little course. Front nine is a links style that is wide open for bombing but can get you into some major trouble if the wind is blowing (links style with what I refer to as the Sh*t). Back nine is a lot tighter and has some cool holes as well. P.B. Dye design. Definately a must play for anyone in the area or driving through...bout 35 minutes south of south bend.

#4 Cedar Creek Golf Club; Leo, Indiana...Only played a few times before I moved to florida for the golf year round. Traditional indiana course with massive greens which makes it fun. Not many homes on the course with some very nice elavation changes. Always kept in very good shape and just a really nice course to play. 30-45$

#5 Round Barn Golf club at Mill Creek; I am being a Homer here but my hometown golf club is a fun course. The course that I learned how to play the game as a 9 year old. Only been playing for real for about 3 years. Didnt play from ages 12-20 then picked it back up. Provides enough challenge for the good player with water coming into play 9 of 18 holes. Tips play a 72.5 at 6700 yards or something like that.....Very affordable public course run by the city of Rochester 18 holes and a cart is 29 bucks or something like that...
post #25 of 27

Re: Indiana Golf

The courses i play at are all in Bloomington:

Eagle Pointe Golf Course
Bloomington Country Club
Cascades Golf Course

I enjoy the country club the most but it is a private course. Cascades is by far the worst out of the 3 because I feel like it is maintained as little as possible
post #26 of 27

Brickyard Crossing is an excellent golf course.. fairways impressed me the most.. like carpet! by the far the nicest course ive ever played on.. 100 bucks a round.. nice golf carts with gps built in..greens are fast and sloped.. 4 holes are in the motor speedway track.. beautiful course definitely worth checking out.. designed by pete dye

post #27 of 27

One place I wouldn't play is Hulman Links in Terre Haute.  Have played it twice in the last two years and couldn't have been more disappointed. Scraggly, hard pan rough. Fairways that were actually under repair and had no growth to speak of in June. Terrible sand in the bunkers etc. etc.

 

When I lived in Indiana 25 years ago this course frequently appeared on the top 75 "Best Courses You Can Play" lists.  I played it many times back then and always enjoyed it. The course was extremely well maintained and other than the Par 5 #11 very well designed. Too bad it has fallen into such disrepair.

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