Indy 500’s Brickyard Crossings Golf Course
A Pete Dye classic with four of 18 holes inside the famous race track

Story by Ed & Fran Stone
 
Indianapolis, Indiana is well known as “Circle City” for the world's classic annual Memorial Day Indy 500 race.  Not many people know inside that famous 2.5-mile oval circuit track are four holes of golf that are about as famous as the race in the world of golf.  The course is called the Brickyard Crossings.
 
Not many people know inside that famous 2.5-mile oval circuit track are four holes of golf that are about as famous as the race in the world of golf.
Recently, we had the opportunity to play this Pete Dye classic layout with some special friends from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).  This was a best ball scramble tournament with some 50 players in the event.  The management of the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course did a wonderful job of organizing the matches.
 
The Brickyard Crossing Golf Course plays to any challenge you want to undertake with four sets of tee boxes.  The tips (gold) play 6,994 yards with a slope rating of 75.1/149.  The forward (red) tees are 5,038 yards with a slope rating of 69.7/130.  In between are the blues at 6,621and the whites are 6,028.  Hole numbers 7, 8, 9 and 10 play inside the Indy track.  Number 7 is a par 3 with an elevated tee box and green.  Hole number 8 is the #1 handicap, par 4 and stretches from 464 for the gold, 371 from the blue and 347 from the white.  Both #9 and #10 holes are par 4s and show handicaps at 11 & 16.  From a challenging standpoint, number 4 on the front and number 16 on the back are two golf holes that will test any skill level.  The fourth hole is a par 3, narrow green, with a forced water-carry and plays 215 yards from the gold tee.  Sixteen is a challenging par 4, with a forced water-carry off the tee but offering risk and reward landing area for a much as you want to attempt.  The number 1 handicap hole is #8 and is a par 4 at 464 yards with a slight dogleg left.  The back nine’s most difficult hole is #18, par 4 stretching 491 yards from the blue tees favoring a slight dogleg right with the iconic white barn overshadowing the green. This is truly one of Pete Dye’s better courses and he took great pride in being selected to be the designer.  He knew it would become one of his legacies.
 
Pete & Alice Dye
This past January (2020), the world of golf lost Pete Dye at the age of 95. He is one of the most well-respected golf course designers, ever. He and his wife Alice were both accomplished golfers and partnered in the design business. In 1958, Pete won the Indiana State Amateur Championship. He also played in the 1957 US Open, where he finished ahead of both Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Alice established a name for herself in golf by winning the US Senior Women’s Amateur title. She went on to capture more than 50 titles. They were both well-respected and champion golfers. As a team, they created and designed many famous golf courses in their career. Of note would be the Dye Course at French Lick, PGA Village, TPC Sawgrass, Harbor Town, Teeth of the Dog (we counted 16 courses in the Dominican Republic where Pete died in 2020), plus many, many more. What an interesting person, who stated: “Golf is not a fair game. So why should I build a fair course?”
 
Should your travels take you to this part of the world, we highly recommend you play this beautifully designed and laid out golf course.  Here are just a few of the course features and accolades.
  • Voted One of Americas Top 100 Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest and Golfweek
  • 4 holes inside the oval and 14 holes adjacent to the backstretch of the racetrack
  • Hosted the PGA Champions Tour Comfort Classic for 7 years 1994-2000
  • Host course for the 2009 Indiana Open Championship
  • Only one of a few courses in-country to Host LPGA, PGA, & Champions Tour Events
ABOVE: The Indy 500 Memorial Day race is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
BELOW: In the past several years, Indy has invested over $3 billion in new tourism products.
Since GoGolfandTravel.com does not quote rates (they change too often), we would suggest you call to make a tee time and check on rates.  At the time we played, there was a very attractive twilight rate after 4 pm each day and rental clubs are available which include two sleeves of balls.
 
Of special note is the Indy 500 Memorial Day race is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing and is considered one of the three most prestigious motorsports events in the World. The Speedway management chooses not to disclose the official attendance of the race (not unusual for most events), but the permanent seating capacity is more than 257,000 people and infield seating raises capacity to an approximate 400,000.
Be sure to include a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum located on the grounds of the Speedway Complex.  The museum was built back in 1956 and established by Tony Hulman and Karl Kizer, the museum's first director
 
This museum is recognized as one of the most highly visible museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing.  In 1987, the museum and Speedway grounds were honored with the designation of National Historic Landmark.
 
The 96,000 square foot museum and administrative office space are constructed of pre-cast cement and Wyoming quartz. Of this space, the Museum displays all kinds of Indy vehicles and memorabilia within some 30,000 square feet.  A glass canopy above the main display floor provides year-round natural light. The building also houses two Speedway gift shops, the track's photography department, and other offices.
 
Indianapolis is seeing several new hotels being built and renovations in the next few years.
In the past several years, Indy has invested over $3 billion in new tourism products from an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center to the opening of one of the largest JW Marriott. The forward growth hasn’t stopped there with additional projects like the state-of-the-art NCAA National Headquarters meeting space expansion, a permanent pedestrian and gathering area that makes up a 4-block stretch of Georgia Street.
 
Indianapolis is seeing several new hotels being built and renovations in the next few years. It is well to note that back in 2017, Pete Dye-designed a mini-golf course on the grounds of the world’s largest children’s museum, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Recently, the 8-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the new Vonnegut Museum and Library opened for visitors. In the next couple of years, Indy is looking forward to hosting an NBA All-Star Game, NCAA Final Four and CFP National Championship.
 
Whether you play golf, enjoy racing, basketball, football or just looking for an interesting and enjoyable city to visit, Indianapolis is one vibrant place.  You will not be disappointed.
 

#   #   #

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Click on the icon below to view a short video
on
Indianapolis, Indiana and the
Brickyard Crossing Golf Course
Brickyard Crossings Pro Shop
Phone: 317-492-6417
4400 W. 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Email: golfshop@brickyard.com
 
Visit Indy
200 South Capitol Avenue, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46225-1063
Phone: 800-323-INDY OR: 317-262-3000