When I think of Indiana, the name Bobby Knight comes to mind. I know there are plenty of other notable people that hail from the Hoosier State but for some reason, I have too many memories of Knight screaming at his players and throwing chairs.
While I knew there was some golf in Indiana too, I had no idea the extent to which that statement is true. In my ongoing quest to come up with guides to help you choose the public courses across the nation, I once again turned to our readers. Their feedback for the state of Indiana is below.
Sultan’s Run Golf Club
Located in the southern part of the state, Sultan’s Run is a favorite for Indiana golfers.
The course was named for Sultan Supreme. The land was formerly home to a horse that sired a record number of World Champion Saddlebred horses. Locals say you can still feel his presence to this day.
The course is built on over 200 acres of rolling terrain that features dense forest, wetlands, and plenty of wildlife.
Zoysia fairways are a dream to play off as the ball sits up. However, if you miss the short grass, the Bermuda rough proves penal.
Make sure you keep your focus to the end out here. The 18th signature hole is touted as the most dramatic hole in all of Indiana.
Suffice it to say, a round at Sultan’s Run is a day well spent.
The Trophy Club
In Lebanon, Indiana you’ll find the Trophy Club.
Built on 247 acres of rolling terrain with Prairie Creek running through the property, The Trophy Club is a site to behold.
A true links course, the fairways are wide here – sometimes up to 60 yards. That doesn’t make the course easy, however. The greens are large and undulating. If you get around here without a three-putt, you’ve accomplished something.
Each hole is its own experience and the lack of surrounding houses and street noise allow you to fully enjoy your round.
For golfers seeking a one-of-a-kind experience, it can be found at the Trophy Club.
Noble Hawk Golf Links
It appears golfers in Indiana are big fans of links golf. By all accounts, Noble Hawk is a great links experience.
This isn’t an easy golf course. If you’re a rank beginner, another option might be wise. However, if you fancy yourself somewhat adept, Noble Hawk will provide a fun and fair test.
Even though the fairways are wide here too, trouble can still be found with several water hazards, thick fescue, and green complexes that are large and well-guarded.
By and large, the feedback we received was that the staff are exceptionally professional and friendly at this facility. They truly care about the experience of every golfer and go the extra mile to make that happen.
For a complete experience and to put your game to your test, get out to Noble Hawk.
Country Oaks Golf Club
We’re always on the lookout for hidden gems. Country Oaks Golf Club fits that bill.
Built into verdant farm country, this course isn’t overly long. However, it has all the characteristics to make a round both fun and challenging.
Looking for a great round at a value? How about 18 holes with a cart for $41 on a weekend.
There’s plenty of water at Country Oaks so you’ll have to be on your game from tee to green.
If I ever find myself in Montgomery, Country Oaks will be on my list.
Purgatory Golf Club
You don’t have to be a golf savant to play Purgatory Golf Club but, you do need to love a challenge.
This links course can play anywhere from 4,500 yards to over 7,700 yards. That means there are plenty of tee boxes to choose from for every level of player.
Over 130 bunkers dot this layout and chances are you’re going to find one at some point. However, they’re placed in spots that allow you a chance to recover.
Chances are, you’ve never played a hole quite like the signature par three 17th. The green sits on a virtual island and is surrounded by more than two acres of bunkers. Bring your sunglasses.
This course is always in great shape and though intimidating, it’s playable for golfers of all abilities.
Plum Creek Golf Club
Pete Dye is one of my favorite architects you bet I’m going to play Plum Creek when I get to Indiana.
True to form, there’s plenty of water and bunkers at Plum Creek. Not to worry though, Dye gives you plenty of room off the tee and the greens are accessible both through the air and along the ground.
The practice facilities at Plum Creek are second to none. A large range and multiple short game areas allow to hone any aspect of your game.
Adding to Plum Creek’s reputation is a long list of prestigious events the course has hosted over the years including the Club Professional’s Championship and Indiana Open to name a few.
Cambridge Golf Course
If you find yourself in the city of Evansville, I hope you have time to play around at Cambridge Golf Course.
Our readers say this a fair test that’s always in great shape.
Again, a wide-open design doesn’t mean this track is a pushover. Plenty of water, grass mounds, and deep bunkers give Cambridge Golf Course plenty of teeth.
If you like risk and reward, there’s no shortage of it here. To that end, there’s more than one way to play each hole. It’s up to you to decide which option is best for you.
Bear Slide Golf Club
Golf Digest gave Bear Slide Golf Club 4.5 stars and it’s more than deserved.
Located in Cicero, Bear Slide isn’t only a great golf course, it’s a great value too.
The front nine is fairly open and has hints of links golf. The back nine is more traditional with tree lined fairways and greens that are guarded.
Unlike a lot of courses in Indiana, there’s plenty of elevation change here to make shots interesting and club selection difficult.
Always in great condition and a treat to play, it’s not hard to see why Indianans love Bear Slide so much.
Chariot Run Golf Club
You can let it loose at Chariot Run Golf Club. Make sure you keep your balance though because even though these fairways are wide, they’re bordered by some of the thickest fescue you’ll ever see.
Voted by Golfweek as the “#4 Best Course You Can Play in Indiana,” Chariot Run is indeed one of the state’s best.
Our readers say the bent grass greens are some of the purest around, so your chances of having a good day with the flatstick are better than average.
Because the course is so open, winds can make it especially challenging in the afternoon.
Even though the course is a little more spendy than others, it’s well worth it.
Prairie View Golf Club
Prairie View Golf Club is the only Robert Trent Jones Jr. design in Indiana.
Built on 206 acres of forested land in Hamilton County, this course is filled with white oaks and sycamores that line the fairways. Picturesque views of the White River only add to the beauty of this property.
The course is welcoming to all players with multiple sets of tees and generous fairways. The greens allow shorter hitters to run the ball up but present a challenge with strategically placed bunkers.
After your round, be sure to swing by the Big Lug Pup. A delectable menu and plenty of beers on tap will leave you with a full stomach.
Golf’s a big deal in Indiana. Based on all the feedback we received, there are plenty of other courses we could have put on our list.
What’s apparent more than anything, is the diversity of public tracks in this great state. Whether you’re looking for a traditional tree lined design, or prefer the wide-open spaces of links golf, there’s something for everyone.
I’m sure we’ve missed some courses that deserve to be on this list so, will you do us a favor and let us know in the comments below?