Hoosier State’s Top Golf Destinations:  
30 of Indiana’s Top Public-Access Golf Courses
By Mike May

Mike May

The state of Indiana is well known for a number of reasons such as being the crossroads of America, the home of the Indianapolis 500 (aka, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”), the home of Hoosier Hysteria (the state’s fascination with high school basketball), and the birthplace of tomato juice (in French Lick, of all places).  Indiana also deserves to be recognized as one of the nation’s leading destinations for golf. After all, once winter transitions into spring, the sun shines, and the temperature rises, it’s time to spend more time outside challenging Old Man Par before Old Man Winter returns.  

This story focuses on the top 30 public-access golf courses in Indiana.  The top 30 layouts are: Seven golf courses in northern Indiana: Rock Hollow (in Peru), White Hawk Country Club (in Crown Point), Nobel Hawk Golf Links (in Kendallville), Walnut Creek and Club Run (in Marion), Blackthorn Golf Club (in South Bend), The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame (in South Bend); and Cobblestones Golf Club (in Kendallville); Six golf courses in central Indiana:  Maple Creek (in Indianapolis), The Fort (in Indianapolis), Brickyard Crossing (in Indianapolis), Plum Creek (in Carmel), Purgatory (in Noblesville), and Prairie View (in Carmel);  Five golf courses in southwest Indiana: The Donald Ross Course (in French Lick), The Pete Dye Course (in French Lick), Sultan’s Run (in Jasper), The Pfau Golf Course at Indiana University (in Bloomington), and Christmas Lake Golf Course (in Santa Claus).  Five golf courses in northwest Indiana: The Trophy Club (in Lebanon), Tippecanoe (in Monticello), Zollner (in Angola) and the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, home of  the Ackerman-Allen course and the Kampen course (in West Lafayette); Four golf courses in extreme southern Indiana: Fuzzy Zoeller’s Covered Bridge (in Sellersburg), Champions Pointe (in Henryville), Old Capital (in Corydon), and Chariot Run (in Laconia); Two golf courses in south-central Indiana: Otter Creek (in Columbus) and The Legends (in Franklin); and One golf course in western Indiana:  Hulman Links (in Terre Haute).

From a logistical perspective, most of these golf courses are located fairly close to Interstate 65 (I-65), which travels from southern Indiana through Indianapolis and up to Chicago.  In fact, most of these top 30 golf locales are easily accessible from I-65.