Referred to by many as the father of modern golf course architecture, Mr. Dye has left an indelible mark on the game. While best known for epic designs like the TPC at Sawgrass, Whistling Straits and Harbor Town Golf Links, Dye honed his craft right here in Indiana. Here are six of Mr. Dye's favorite Indiana courses. Travel the Pete Dye Golf Trail to try them all. We are sure you’ll love them just as much as he does.
Mystic Hills Golf Club at Culver, Plymouth
This stunning 18-hole layout incorporates a links style design on the front nine and a more traditional feel on the back nine. Prairie grasses guard the fairways as numerous sand bunkers protect each undulating green. The course offers golfers views of wetland areas, lush woods and rolling fairways.
Kampen Golf Course, West Lafayette
Part of the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, the Kampen Course is an 18-hole, links-style, par-72 championship golf course featuring large bent-grass greens, fairways and tees. The vast sand bunkers, native grasslands, ponds and natural celery bog presents a challenge for golfers of all abilities. It has been rated one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and awarded 4.5 stars on Golf Digest's “Places to Play” List.
The course also has hosted many prestigious collegiate and public tournaments. Most recent of which have been 2005 Women's Western Amateur, 2008 Men's NCAA Championship and 2011 Men’s Big Ten Men’s Golf Championships.
Plum Creek Golf Club, Carmel
This wonderful Dye design is nestled in tall grasses and graced with multiple water features. Once the site of the 2004 IWGA Mid-Amateur Championship and the 2003 Indiana State Open, this par 72-layout features strategically placed bunkers and challenging green complexes offering plenty of fun for golfers of any skill level. Plum Creek also has a large, multi-discipline practice area where you can practice drives, chipping, wedging and putting.
The Fort Golf Resort, Indianapolis
Located just 15 minutes from downtown Indianapolis, this former U.S. Army post, is now home to Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park and a Dye masterpiece - The Fort Golf Course. Since opening in 1997, The Fort has been considered one of Indiana's finest public courses and is ranked annually by national golf publications as a Top Ten in the State. Dye took this 238-acre natural setting and created an 18-hole championship layout that is challenging for any skill level. Owned and operated by the State of Indiana, the 7,148-yard, par 72 design features tree lined fairways, rolling hills and the Dye trademark undulating greens.
This incredible, 1,700-acre complex also offers top quality practice facilities, golf instruction, a fully stocked golf shop, restaurants, on-site accommodations, plus, a State Park next door.
Brickyard Crossing, Indianapolis
Only Indianapolis could combine the excitement of auto racing with the natural beauty of a championship golf course. The Brickyard Crossing offers a unique golf experience that includes a 4-hole stretch inside the legendary, century-old Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dye utilized his signature railroad ties as well as large slabs of concrete along creek beds to carve out this course. The concrete was repurposed from racetracks' walls that were torn down and replaced with cutting-edge safety barriers. This 18-hole championship course has become one of only a few venues in the country to host PGA tour events, LPGA tour events and Champions tour events.
Maple Creek Golf and Country Club, Indianapolis
Play the first chapter in the story of Pete Dye’s illustrious career. Originally opened as Heather Hills in 1961, this 18-hole layout has the distinct honor of being Pete’s first creation. Created in partnership with his wife, Alice, Maple Creek features small tees and greens, narrow fairways lined with mature trees and natural long grass areas. Multiple bunkers compliment a creek that winds its way through the front nine, challenging players of all skill levels.
The Pete Dye Course at French Lick
Travel south to experience the historic grandeur of the French Lick Resort. This historic, luxury resort offers beyond golf options amenities such as a casino, riding stables, fitness centers and spas.
Named 2009’s Best New Course in America by Golf Digest, the Pete Dye Course was originally conceived as a napkin sketch at a nearby restaurant. This hilltop course, built on the highest point in Indiana, offers a 40-mile panoramic view of breathtaking Hoosier National Forest. While the course stretches to over 8,100 yards from the tips, it features five sets of tees – beginning at 5,100 feet – making it playable by golfers of every skill level.
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