French Lick Resort Opens First-Ever
Sports Book and Sports Viewing Lounge
Ultimate Golf Buddy-Trip Destination Strengthens Guest Offerings for 2020
French Lick Resort, one of America’s greatest golf-resort destinations for group and buddies’ trips recently unveiled new world-class accommodations and exciting entertainment amenities in its 51,000 square-foot, single-level French Lick Casino.
The new six-story Valley Tower, a 71-room hotel located adjacent to the resort’s spacious Event Center and French Lick Casino, made its debut in November and is near the casino’s new, first-ever Sports Book and nearby luxurious sports viewing lounge. The finely-appointed Valley Tower features connecting-room options as well as 12 suites that are configurable in one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom combinations. Adorned with modern décor, Valley Tower rooms provide a new look and a complementary option to guestrooms at the resort’s historic French Lick and West Baden Springs Hotels.
The Sportsbook, operated in association with leading online gaming and sports betting company Rush Street Interactive (RSI), offers betting on a wide array of sporting events including professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, college sports and more. Wagers can be placed at the betting counter with a live sportsbook ticket writer during sportsbook hours of operation, or at a sports betting kiosk 24 hours a day.
The adjacent, brilliantly-designed sports-viewing lounge features a pair of state-of-the-art 14-feet-long by eight-feet-high LED video walls that anchor the lively sportsbook viewing area. Along with 18 additional TV monitors, the sportsbook also includes eight self-serve betting kiosks, and up to three staffed over-the-counter betting windows to accommodate guests.
The new Valley Bar, located just off the Valley Tower lobby, is the resort’s only 21-and-over eating establishment with a menu featuring light fare including appetizers, sliders, wings and hearty soups. From the drink menu, guests can choose from nearly 20 regional craft beers, along with domestic brews, signature and traditional cocktails, and a selection of wines. Rustic décor and plenty of big-screen TVs make this a cozy new spot to meet up with friends during the day and after hours. Two event rooms are available for larger groups to rent.
“With as much history and welcoming space as this hotel has had for decades, it’s exciting to open the Valley Tower, Valley Bar along with the new Sports Book and spacious sports viewing area in the French Lick Casino,” says French Lick Resort direct of golf Dave Harner. “So many of our golfing groups consist of huge sports fans, so we think they’re going to make the Valley Tower and the new Sports Book area, their preferred place to relax and enjoy all the fun French Lick Resort has to offer.”
French Lick Resort has been awarded status as both a “Top 100 Resort in North America” by GOLF Magazine as well as the Golf Digest’s Editors’ Choice Award as one of the “Best Golf Resorts in the Midwest.” Since the early 1900’s, golf has been an integral part of this resort area. Tom Bendelow designed the first course there in 1907 followed by the great Donald Ross ten years later. In 2009, Pete Dye created a visually stunning masterpiece, which has quickly become one of the most highly acclaimed courses in the country. Both the Donald Ross and Pete Dye courses are ranked among the Top 100 in America’s Greatest Public Courses and are currently ranked as the No. 1 and 2 Courses You Can Play in Indiana.
Golfing groups visiting French Lick Resort, one of USA Today’s “Top-10 Historic Hotels in America,” should watch for special golf packages in the Valley Tower which offers many double and connecting rooms and sits close to the resort’s nine-hole Valley Links course.
Valley Tower and Valley Bar are both part of a $17 million addition geared toward providing resort guests more variety and options during their stay. The additional rooms added to the original 686 guestrooms at French Lick Resort’s two historic hotels (443 at French Lick Springs Hotel and 243 at West Baden Springs Hotel) and bring the resort’s overall capacity to 757 rooms. ADA-accessible rooms and pet-friendly rooms are also available in the new Valley Tower.
Already the largest employer in Indiana’s Orange County, with 1,700 associates, French Lick Resort is adding approximately 100 new jobs to expand its workforce for the resort additions. The sports bar and new guestrooms are the latest major capital investment the resort has made over the past 12 years, following the opening of French Lick Casino in 2006; the adjacent Event Center that underwent a $20 million expansion in 2015; and the nearby Exhibition Hall that recently underwent an extensive renovation.
FRENCH LICK RESORT
French Lick Resort is a $600 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and French Lick Casino. This Midwest premier resort destination features 757 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000 square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 169,000 square feet; and an array of dining and entertainment options.