The toughest eighteen: Indiana's most challenging golf courses.IN SEARCH OF A GOLFING challenge? We checked in with the Indiana Golf Association to learn which Indiana courses are the toughest, based on slope rating The slope rating of a golf course, typically in the US, is a measure of its difficulty for bogey golfers. The term comes from the fact that when playing on more difficult courses, players' scores will rise more quickly than their handicaps would predict. . Here's what we found:
Wolf Run Golf Club, Zionsville
Topping our list with a 148 slope rating is Wolf Run, a course that designer Steve Smyers intended from the start to be ultra-challenging. In fact, when dentist and successful amateur golfer Jack Leer first opened the course in the late 1980s, its original slope of 151 was among the nation's toughest.
Even the pros have found it tough--Nick Faldo said holes 12 through 15 were the hardest four in succession he had ever played. Wolf Run is packed with challenges throughout its 7,090 scenic yards, including ridges and ravines.
Crooked Stick Golf Club Crooked Stick Golf Club is located in Carmel, a northern suburb of Indianapolis. It was built in 1964 by the famous course architect Pete Dye. It was host to the PGA Championship that John Daly won in 1991. It was also host to the 2005 Solheim Cup matches. , Carmel
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Measuring 7,400 yards and carrying a slope rating of 146, Crooked Stick is known for playing hard but fair. The par 3 hole No. 6 is considered the signature, featuring water and a covered bridge.
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Named for the sycamores that accent this picturesque course along Fort Wayne's Aboite River, Sycamore Hills earns a 146 slope rating. Designed by Jack Nicklaus Noun 1. Jack Nicklaus - United States golfer considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time (born in 1940)
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The Aboite makes its presence known in several places, especially on the signature 15th hole, where players must cross it four times. The course offers a nice range of challenges, measuring 7,275 yards from the back tees but just 5,232 from the front.
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This Pete Dye design is one of the nation's top collegiate courses, marked by waste bunkers, wetlands, ponds and native grasses. It has served as a training ground both for university competitors and students interested in golf course design and maintenance--in fact, students helped build it back in the late 1990s.
The course measures 7,272 from the back tees and carries a slope rating of 145, and regularly hosts a variety of collegiate and amateur tournaments. A signature hole is No. 6, a lengthy par 5 with a dogleg dog·leg
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Three nines make up this scenic course, originally created by Ken Killian and Dick Nugent for executives of Bethlehem Steel The Bethlehem Steel Corporation (1857–2003), based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, once was the second largest steel producer in the United States (after Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based US Steel). . Pick a different pair of nines and you'll have a different experience. The Marsh/Lake combination has earned a slope rating of 145 from the back tees.
The Marsh course gets its name from its extensive wetlands, creeks, ponds and rolling terrain, while the Lake course adds the challenges of Lake Morgan. Another nearby body of water--Lake Michigan--also spells trouble by stirring up tricky winds and adding strokes to the scores of the unwary.
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Designed by David Gill, this course boasts more than 130 bunkers, eight lakes, huge fast greens, plenty of elevation changes and a slope of 144. Accuracy is at a premium on its extremely narrow fairways lined by water and trees (the joke is that on some holes, foursomes must walk down the fairways single-file).
Two lakes bother golfers on the finishing hole--one that must be avoided off the tee and another that must be carried on the second shot to reach the green. Following winds are common on this hole, but not always welcome as they can help send a strongly hit tee shot into the second lake.
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Ever since it opened in 1964, Otter Creek has been on lists of the country's 25 best public courses. Robert Trent Jones See: American TV writer Trent Jones
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The younger Jones' East nine sports a Scottish links look. The West nine includes Otter Creek's signature hole, No. 4 West, which the elder Jones called "Alcatraz" because it's surrounded by water. All three nines make good use of the site's gently rolling hills Rolling hills are like a mountain chain, only a "hill chain" of hills that roll on and on continually. You will often find them in between plains and mountains, near major rivers, or randomly anywhere. The only places without rolling hills are deserts and flood plains. and water features.
Brickyard Crossing, Indianapolis
It's hard to imagine a more intriguing place for a golf hole than inside the world's most famous race track, but the Brickyard Crossing has four such holes set inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway--holes 7 through 10. Designer Pete Dye, when he re-created the course in the early 1990s, set the remaining holes outside the track to the east, finishing up the course with a few holes that cross Little Eagle Creek Eagle Creek may refer to:
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Brickyard Crossing sports a slope rating of 143 and measures just under 7,000 yards from the back tees. It's challenging enough for the pros, but open to the public.
Victoria National Golf Club, Newburgh
Some folks argue that strip mining is bad for the environment. Others play golf on a piece of southwest Indiana land made gorgeous by strip mining, which left behind deep lakes, ravines and hills. That would be Victoria National, a Tom Fazio Tom Fazio (born February 10, 1945) began his career in golf course design in the suburban Philadelphia and has created, considered by many, some of the most visually attractive golf holes in the world. gem in Newburgh that consistently ranks among the nation's best courses.
Victoria National measures about 7,200 yards from the back tees and has a slope rating of 143. Surface coal mining created numerous pits that have since filled with water to become hazards on 15 of the 18 holes. The course will host the USGA USGA United States Golf Association
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Ironwood sports three nines, which means three different 18-hole configurations. The one with a 142 slope rating is the Valley/Lakes pairing, which measures 6,901 yards from the back tees.
The Fishers course was designed by Bob Thompson and Art Kaser, who have a fondness for islands. Hole 6 on the Lakes course tees from an island, with a long carry over a lake to hit the fairway, with water continuing to threaten all the way to the green. And the next hole features an island green.
Purgatory Golf Club, Noblesville
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Adding to the challenge is length--at 7,754 yards from the back tees, it has staked a claim as the longest regulation course in the world. Perhaps its best-known challenge is No. 17, dubbed "Hell's Half Acre Noun 1. Hell's Half Acre - a district in Manhattan formerly noted for its slums and vice
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Woodland County Club, Carmel
Yet another course with Pete Dye's signature, the four-decade-old private club debuted a Dye championship course four years ago. Measuring 7,191 yards from the back tees, the Carmel course carries a top slope rating of 142.
The club was originally designed and owned by golf architect William H. Diddel. It was a public fee course at first but quickly attracted enough interest to convert to a private club. Dye was called in to make some improvements in 2002.
Glendarin Hills Golf Club, Angola
This is a relatively new entry to the Indiana golfing scene, opened in 1999 on a rolling site that had been farmland. From the back tees it measures 7,003 yards and boasts a slope rating of 141.
Water comes into play on several holes, and No. 4 is an especially attractive par 3 that's set back into the woods. Glendarin Hills added a large clubhouse in 2004.
Grey Goose Golf Club, Decatur
Ernie Schrock designed this course on 240 acres of woods and wetlands. It's challenging with a 141 slope, yet it's not an impossible length, measuring just 6,447 from the back tees.
Grey Goose features water on most holes, including the 10th, a par 5 with a triplet triplet /trip·let/ (trip´let)
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White Hawk Country Club, Crown Point
Another 27-hole entry with three separate challenges, pick the Greyhawk/Blackhawk combination for a slope of 141 and a distance of about 7,000 yards. Dick Nugent crafted White Hawk on 250 acres of woods, prairies, creeks and wetlands, with the course planted in bent grass.
On this combination, a particularly memorable hole will be Blackhawk No. 6. The par 3 is only about 150 yards from the back tees, but you'll be aiming for a small, kidney-shaped island green.
The Fort, Indianapolis
Once one of the capital city's best-kept secrets, the course that was originally built for Fort Benjamin Harrison Fort Benjamin Harrison was a U.S. Army post located on the northeast side of Indianapolis, Indiana, named for the 23rd United States President Benjamin Harrison. Land was purchased in 1903, with the post officially being named for President Harrison in honor of Indianapolis being occupants was deeded to the state and redesigned by Pete Dye as part of Fort Harrison State Park Fort Harrison is a state park in Indiana. It is located in the northeast section of Indianapolis, Indiana, and occupies part of the former site of Fort Benjamin Harrison. .
The course, which measures 7,144 yards from the back tees and carries a slope rating of 139, cuts through gorgeous, wooded hills that seem out of place in mostly flat central Indiana. Bent grass lines the tees, greens and fairways, and wetlands come into play along holes 5 and 6.
Liberty Country Club, Liberty, 139
Liberty Country Club is no newcomer, around since 1927. With a slope of 139 it promises a fine challenge despite its comparatively short length of 6,375 from the back.
For many, the highlight is hole 14, a dogleg left with trees lining the left side. Beware the large bunker on the right in front of the green.
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Open less than three years, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sagamore Club has quickly earned a spot among Indiana's elite: With a slope rating of 139, it's a 7,173-yard challenge, thanks to the presence of sand and/or water on every hole.
Nicklaus was said to be more involved in this course's design than some that bear his name. He even insisted on changing the direction of the front nine when he determined that too many holes on the original layout played against the natural contours of the site. True to Nicklaus form, the course is tough but rewards a good shot.
USGA Course Slope Course City Rating Rating Wolf Run Golf Club Zionsville 75.8 148 Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel 77.3 146 Sycamore Hills Golf Club Fort Wayne 75.2 146 Purdue Birck Boilermaker Kampen Course West Lafayett 76.5 145 Sand Creek Country Club (Marsh/Lake) Chesterton 75.1 145 Hulman Links Terre Haute 77.2 144 Otter Creek Golf Course (West/East) Columbus 72.1 144 Brickyard Crossing Indianapolis 74.0 143 Victoria National Golf Club Newburgh 75.4 143 Ironwood Golf Club (Valley/Lakes) Fishers 74.5 142 Purgatory Golf Club Noblesville 78.1 142 Woodland County Club Carmel 74.9 142 Glendarin Hills Golf Club Angola 74.0 141 Grey Goose Golf Club Decatur 71.1 141 White Hawk Country Club (Greyhawk/Blackhawk) Crown Pointa 73.9 141 The Fort Indianapolis 74.5 139 Liberty Country Club Liberty 70.8 139 Sagamore Club Noblesville 75.2 139 Source: Indiana Golf Association, ratings from back tees