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French Lick’s Champion Three

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This Golfer’s Paradise offers three great courses each with their own challenges.

Originally constructed in 1917 by world-renowned architect Donald Ross, the legendary Donald Ross Course has been home to many regional and national tournaments including the 1924 PGA Championship. Undergoing an incredible transformation in 2005 in collaboration with the Donald Ross Society, the course was reopened to the public with the grand opening of the French Lick Resort. With his trademark deep, flat bottom bunkers and severely undulating greens, each hole will present a new set of challenges for any golfer. Course rates: $65 – $120 (includes cart)

French Lick Tom Bendelow CourseThe Tom Bendelow Valley Links course, originally an 18-hole course was tapered down to nine and renovated to give golfers of all skill levels an enjoyable game. This course offers beginners lessons and for enthusiasts challenges such as championship tee length of nearly 3,500 yards! Course rates: $25 (9-holes), $40 (18-holes) and free (kids under 12)

French Lick Donald Ross CourseWorld-renowned golf course designer Pete Dye sketched out his plan for the Pete Dye Course at French Lick on a napkin at a local restaurant. Opened in June 2009, his vision is now etched into the hilltops overlooking West Baden Springs Hotel. Having built golf courses all over the world, this course is considered Dye’s best inland site offering golfers 40-miles of panoramic views. In June, the course will host the 2010 PGA Professionals National Championship. Course rate: $350/person + mandatory caddy fee $30 (includes cart) and must stay on property to play this course.

Beyond the courses, the Resort offers two historic luxury hotels – French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs, a casino, conference center, two spas, two health club, riding stables and many causal and upscale dining opportunities.

Take in a few rounds at French Lick, and then hit the links across Indiana at these Ross, Bendelow and Dye courses:

ROSS
Broadmoor Country Club – Private (Indianapolis) Fairview Golf Course (Fort Wayne)
BENDELOW
The Country Club of Indianapolis – Private (Indianapolis) Helfrich Hills Golf Course (Evansville)
Lafayette at Lafayette Country Club – Private (Lafayette) Pottawattomie Country Club – Private (Michigan City)
Wawasee Golf & Country Club (Syracuse)
DYE
Brickyard Crossing (Indianapolis) Carmel Valley Ranch Resort (Carmel)
Crooked Stick Golf Club – Private (Carmel) Dyes Walk Golf Course – formerly Royal Oak Country Club (Greenwood)
Eagle Creek Golf Club – The Pines and The Sycamore Courses (Indianapolis) Forest Park Golf Course (Brazil)
The Fort Golf Course (Indianapolis) The Golf Club – Private (New Albany)
Greenbelt Golf Course (Columbus) Hampton Hall Club (Bluffton)
Harbour Trees Golf Club – Private (Noblesville) Kampen at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (West Lafayette)
Maple Creek Golf & Country Club (Indianapolis) Oaktree Golf Course (Plainfield)
Plum Creek Country Club (Carmel) William Sahm Golf Course (Indianapolis)

Have you played any of the Ross-, Bendelow- or Dye-designed courses in Indiana? We’ll announce a way you can enjoy one of these later today!

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