The state of Indiana and Indianapolis are obviously well-known for auto racing, as the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500 that takes place every Memorial Day weekend. However, there’s more to Indiana than just fast cars! Indiana is also heralded as one of the best states in the country for another sport: golf. In fact, Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh and Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel are both listed on Golf Digest’s latest list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses!
Indiana Golf Courses to Visit this Summer
Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just looking for a relaxing day on the green with some friends, add these golf courses in Indiana to your summer road trip list:
This Indianapolis golf course is located right inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and thanks to an overhaul back in 1992 by world-renowned golf course designer Pete Dye, now offers an unconventional 18-hole course, with four holes located right on the racetrack’s infield.
Purgatory Golf Club
Called “Your Gateway to Golfing Heaven,” Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, just 31 miles northeast of Indianapolis, is a fun, challenging course no matter your handicap. Situated on 218 acres, the links-style course is surrounded by tall grasses on long, undulating fairways.
Prairie View Golf Club
Located in Carmel, Prairie View was Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s first Indiana golf course, and is laid out on the bed of the White River. The course opened in 1997 and attracts golfers from major metropolitan areas like Chicago, St. Louis, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, Fort Wayne and more.
Victoria National Golf Club
Mentioned above as one of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses, Victoria National Golf Course is consistently on many other “top golf courses” lists, too. Founded in 1998 by Terry Friedman and designed by Tom Fazio, the club also offers on-site accommodations for up to 32 guests, a dedicated meeting space and best in class dining experience.
Crooked Stick Golf Club
The other golf course to make Golf Digest’s top 100 list this, Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel was the first course Pete Dye ever designed. Construction of the first nine holes was completed in 1965, with the original back nine completed two years later. This members-only club has a philosophy of making the golf course and playing conditions their No. 1 priority.
The Trophy Club
Located in Lebanon, the Trophy Club’s 18 championship holes feature a links style layout on 247 acres of natural beauty, offering the perfect environment for a relaxing day on the green. This course was designed by Tim Liddy, a protégé of Pete Dye, and features slightly hump-backed fairways bordered by tall native grasses and spectacular greens complexes.
These are just a few of the amazing golf courses our state has to offer – what’s your favorite golf course in Indiana?