Indianapolis' Brickyard Crossing Golf Course
A Pete Dye Classic with four of 18 holes inside the Indy 500 Track


Story and photos by: Ed Stone

Indianapolis, Indiana is well known for the world 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 golfers. The course is called the Brickyard Crossing.

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 and conducting the matches.

The course plays to any challenge you want to undertake with four sets of tee boxes. The tips (gold) play 7,180 yards while the forward (red) tees are 5,038 yards. 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 elevated tee box and green. Hole number 8 is the #1 handicap, par 4 and stretches from 464 for the gold, 371 for the blue and 347 for 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 a risk and reward landing area for a much as you want to attempt. 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.

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 backstretch of the racetrack
►Designed by noted golf course designer Pete Dye
►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

Since GoGolfandTravel.com does not quote rates (they change too often), we suggest you call and make a tee time and also check on rates. At the time we played, there was a very attractive twilight rate after 4pm each day and rental clubs are available which includes 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 Hall of Fame 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 is 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.

In the past three years, Indy has invested over $3 billion in new tourism products from an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center to the opening of the world’s largest JW Marriott. The forward growth hasn’t stopped there with additional projects recently completed like the state-of-the-art NCAA National Headquarters meeting space expansion or a new permanent pedestrian and gathering area that makes up a 4-block stretch of Georgia Street. Not to mention, Indy will see over an additional $68 million in new hotel product and renovations in 2013.

Whether you play golf, enjoy racing, basketball or just looking for an interesting and enjoyable city to visit Indianapolis is one fine place. You will not be disappointed.


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Brickyard Crossing Golf Course

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Brickyard Crossing Pro Shop
Phone: 317-492-6417
4400 W. 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Email: golfshop@brickyard.com
Website: www.brickyardcrossing.com

Visit Indy Convention & Visitors Bureau
200 South Capitol Avenue, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46225-1063
Phone: 800-323-INDY OR: 317-262-3000
Website: http://visitindy.com