TIPPECANOE COUNTRY CLUB:
WHERE A TEE TIME AWAITS FOR TYLER, TOO

Story & Photos by: Mike May

This golf course was originally a nine-hole golf course.  It opened for play in 1920.

Many golfers feel that the Tippecanoe Country Club (3267 NW Shafer Drive, Monticello, Indiana; www.tippecanoecc.com; 574-583-9977), which is adjacent to Lake Shafer, is one of the most treasured attractions in northern Indiana, especially in White County.  From the 1st tee to the 18th green, the Tippecanoe CC is meticulously groomed and is considered one of the finest layouts in the state of Indiana.  This golf course was originally a nine-hole golf course.  It opened for play in 1920.  Those nine holes were designed by Roy Robertson.  It’s worth noting those nine holes were first built along the banks of the Tippecanoe River, before the lakes and dams were added in later years.  Over the years, the Tippecanoe Country Club has since been updated and expanded. The most significant change to the golf course took place in 1963.  Back then, a young, new golf course designer was hired to add an additional nine holes to the existing golf course.  This confident, fresh-faced, ambitious, and talented golf course architect was a resident of Indiana.  The new golf course designer was none other than Pete Dye.    Yes, the Tippecanoe Country Club was fortunate to have access to the professional expertise of Pete Dye before he became famous around the world.  The future hall of fame golf course architect poured his heart and soul into the Tippecanoe Country Club.  When all was said and done, Dye had designed the back nine and had also re-designed portions of the front nine, including all the tees and greens.  Dye’s design remains as relevant today as it was back in the early 1960s.

The Tippecanoe Country Club was fortunate to have access to the professional expertise of Pete Dye before he became famous around the world.

According to head golf professional John Alexander, his golf course’s biggest compliment comes from the high percentage of annual return play.

“I have many golfers from Indiana and the entire Midwest who come back to play our golf course every year,” said Alexander.  “Our golf course features a few risk and reward holes, a number of old trees, and well-designed layout by Pete Dye.  The presence of Lake Shafer on the first three holes gets your attention immediately.  It’s just a beautiful golf course.”

Today, this 18-hole, par-72 golf course is a semi-private club that is open to the public.  This golf course is as appropriate for a serious, competitive, single-digit handicap as it is for the casual, infrequent golfer.  Golfers of all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities enjoy their treks around the Tippecanoe CC.  From the back tees, this scenic golf course measures 6,850 yards.  It’s somewhat long, but it’s not arduous. This golf course opens for play as soon as weather permits in the spring, usually mid-to-late March and remains open until mid-to-late November.  The Tippecanoe Country Club is a popular facility to stage tournaments, charitable fund-raisers, and corporate outings.

And, for historians of politics, they’ll be delighted to know that there’s always a standing tee time at Tippecanoe for Tyler, too!

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