THE FORT GOLF COURSE:
WHERE IT’S TRENDY TO PLAY WHILE IN INDY

By Mike May

Simply put, The Fort Golf Course (www.thefortgolfcourse.com; 317-543-9597) is widely considered to be one of the finest public golf courses in the state of Indiana.  In fact, on the home page of this golf course, it’s stated that The Fort Golf Course is one of the “best golf courses you can play in Indiana.”  And, after you play The Fort, you will agree.

Golf Advisor listed The Fort as first under the “Top 25 Courses for Layout in the U.S.”

The media definitely are in sync with that sentiment.  In December 2018, Golf Advisor listed The Fort as first under the “Top 25 Courses for Layout in the U.S.” On that same list, New York’s Bethpage Black on Long Island, the host of the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2009 U.S. Open, was listed second.  That’s a strong comparison.  Also, Golf Digest has reported that The Fort was a “top 10 public golf course in the state of Indiana” from 1997-2007 and ranks third under the heading “Best Affordable New Public Courses.”

“The Fort is a very enjoyable golf course and very secluded, yet only 25 minutes from downtown Indianapolis,” said John Swan, head golf professional at The Fort.  “Our course is surrounded by the Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park, so there are no residential homes on the course.”

The military history of the land on which The Fort sits is worth noting, especially if you are a military buff.  Golf has been played here since the early 1950s by U.S. Army soldiers and officers on a golf course which was originally called the Fort Harrison Officers Club and Golf Course.  Things changed in 1998 after the re-design by well-known and well-respected golf course architects Pete Dye and Tim Liddy.  The course was re-named The Fort and is now one of the seven golf courses that is part of Indiana’s Pete Dye Golf Trail.  Since then, it has generated many words of praise from golfers such as “awesome” and “the best course for money in Indy.” 

Golf has been played here since the early 1950s by U.S. Army soldiers and officers on a golf course which was originally called the Fort Harrison Officers Club and Golf Course. 

The Fort, a par-72 layout, caters to all golfers, as it has five sets of tees (red, green, white, blue, and gold).  The red tees measure 5,045 yards while the gold tees stretch out to 7,148 yards.

Adding to the golf experience at The Fort is the chance to stay on-site at one of three housing options – (1) Fort Harrison State Park Inn:  A 28-room historic building, located just 300 yards from the first tee; (2) Harrison House:  You can see the first tee from the Harrison House, which features a Master Suite and six bedrooms, each with private bathrooms. The Harrison House includes a common gathering room, kitchenette, and a dining area.  Up to 16 people can sleep at Harrison House; and (3) Officer’s Home:  This has four 3-bedroom homes, each of which is a short walk to the first tee.  Each home is fully furnished with a kitchen and dining room.  Each home accommodates 10 to 13 people.

In keeping with this golf course’s military roots, it’s appropriate that the on-site restaurant is called the Garrison Restaurant.  And, you will often see deer roaming the course at any time of the day.

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