Playing at Indiana’s two best publicly accessible golf courses is easy, as Hoosier State is one of a handful where the best amenities are part of the same operation.
In Indiana, it’s French Lick Resort and its Pete Dye Course and Donald Ross Course, which rank No. 1 and 2, respectively, on Golfweek 2022’s list of the best courses you can play for golf course layouts. public access in the United States.
The two layouts offer different styles although each presents many challenges incorporating the elevation change. The dye course sits on top of a mountain and had to be designed, with a lot of dirt moved around to accommodate the holes along the slopes. The Ross course sits more naturally on its land a few miles away. Both also rank in the top 200 of Golfweek’s best lists for modern or classic courses.
Golfweek’s Best offers numerous lists of course rankings, with the list of the best public-access courses in each state among the most popular. All of the courses on this list allow public access in one way or another, whether it’s standard daily green fees, through a resort, or by staying at an affiliated hotel. If there is a will, there is a starting time.
Golfweek’s top rankings of the best private courses in each state are also popular, and that list for Indiana is also included below.
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(m): Modern course, built in 1960 or later
(c): classic course, built before 1960
Note: If there is a number in parentheses with the m or c, it indicates where this course ranks among Golfweek’s top 200 modern or classic courses.
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1. French Lick Resort (Pete Dye)
French lick (T140m)
2. French Lick Resort (Donald Ross)
French lick (T193c)
3. The PFAU course at Indiana University
4. Warren GC at Notre Dame
South elbow (m)
5. Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Kampen)
West Lafayette (m)
6. Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex (Ackerman-Allen)
West Lafayette (m)
7. The Strong
8. Chariot Race
9. Crossing the brickyard
10. Harrison Hills
1. Victoria National
2. Twisted Stick
3. Culver Academies
4. Sycamore Hills
5. Chatham Hills*
The hundreds of members of Golfweek’s Best Review Panel continuously evaluate courses and rate them against 10 criteria on a 1-10 point basis. They also provide a unique overall rating for each course. These overall scores are averaged to produce these rankings.