Southern Indiana’s lush forests and rolling hills provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable and maybe challenging golf vacation. Some courses continually rank as the best to play in the country and the state and are definite must-adds to your bucket list. With so many courses in the area, there is a course for every level of play.
The French Lick Springs Hotel is home to three legendary golf courses. The iconic Pete Dye Course has gained national acclaim for its 40-mile panoramic views of the southern Indiana countryside, three man-made lakes, "volcano" bunkers, and a variety of elevation changes. Step back in time and experience golf the way it was meant to be played at the Donald Ross Course. This course was originally built by architect Donald Ross in 1917 it still maintains many of its original elements: 80 bunkers with flat bottoms and deep, gnarly faces, along with square and rectangular-shaped greens. The not to miss nine-hole, Tom Bendelow’s Valley Links gives golfers of all skill levels and ages a fun and challenging place to play and was redesigned with families in mind. After a day on the course, stop by 33 Brickstreet for a delicious meal paired with an ice-cold beer.
Designed by Tim Luddy, a disciple of world-renowned architect Pete Dye, Sultan’s Run Golf Club in Jasper focuses on the beauty of southern Indiana. This 18-hole course was remodeled in the 1990s when every hole was either reconstructed or reworked. The rolling hills, wonderful bunkering, and a waterfall behind the 18th green make it one of Indiana’s most scenic layouts. Lodging and dining are available at the club, offering a retreat steps away from the course. Closeout the day with pizza and a craft beer at Saint Benedict’s Brew Works where Pray. Work. Brew. is their motto.
With a par of 72, Lucas Oil Golf Course in English provides a challenge for golfers of all experience levels. The Town of English was prone to flooding in the 1930s and the town eventually relocated which paved the way for this course! Described as ‘the hidden gem of the Hoosier State’, the 18-hole course showcases two distinctly different nines where many water elements come into play in addition to old streets, underpasses, and rolling hills. Stay and play amenities are available to allow for a long weekend of golf, as well as a restaurant and clubhouse to make the most out of your visit! Take a side trip to the iconic Overlook Restaurant that is positioned beautifully on a bluff overlooking the Ohio River where you can see for miles.
Otis Park Golf Course is home to over 6,400 yards of rolling hills and challenging slopes and has been recognized as one of the best municipal golf courses in Indiana. Located in Bedford, the 18-hole course is a 6,300 yard, par 73 layout and is both scenic and challenging. The course also offers a driving range, practice greens, lessons, pro shop, and a snack bar. Satisfy your hunger and thirst by heading to Salt Creek Brewery called one of the most unique breweries in the state!
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On the banks of West Boggs Lake, Lake View Golf Course in Loogootee is a relaxing nine-hole course ready for your next game. This rural-set course is publicly owned and ideal for a beautiful backdrop and perfect for a family outing. Whether you’re looking for a new setting to spend a Saturday afternoon, or wanting to step up your game, this course offers a variety of mixed holes and some playing along the banks of West Boggs Lake, offering some of the best views! Make sure someone takes that Instagram-worthy shot as you tee off on the ninth hole – the top of the lake’s dam! Nearby, Stoll’s Lakeview Restaurant serves up authentic Amish food, buffet-style right on West Bogg’s Park.
Country Oaks Golf Club in Montgomery rests on 140-acres of what was once a working farm. It features 6,929 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The signature white silo is the landmark of the course which stands near the #1 tee and shadows the 18th hole. The original farmhouse is still on the property and is used for events. You will be treated to an enjoyable day on this beautiful course. This course is player-friendly and value-orientated, recommended for the golfer of all skill levels. Bobe’s Pizza is a great way to end the day on the course, offering a wide array of menu items beyond pizza and nice cold drinks!
Linton is home to the Phil Harris Golf Course, located just a few miles outside of the city. This affordable public 18-hole course features 6,013 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. It’s a great course to brush up your game or to hold a fun scramble. Touted as being a great place to grab a steak, head to Sportsmans Pub.
Looking to get a short round in? This is the course for you! Opened in 1958, the Western Hills Country Club features the only nine-hole golf course in Salem. From the longest tees, the course offers 2,842 yards in beautiful southern Indiana. Located just west of the city, the course sits close to some amazing restaurants, or check out the clubhouse to round out your visit.
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