The Pete Dye Course at French Lick

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The Pete Dye Course at French Lick: Two iconic hotels and four golf courses (including the revered Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses) all contribute to the fabled French Lick Resort. At the resort's centre, the 443-room French Lick Springs Hotel is an American classic. Just over a mile to the north you'll find the European styled West Baden Springs Hotel, with its extraordinary atrium.

Two miles from the centre and sitting atop the second highest point in Indiana is the Pete Dye course. Occupying a former horse farm, this is one of Indiana's top-rated and finest championship layouts, which certainly gives you an "on top of the world" feeling. From its lofty perch on this unique property, the sumptuous and historic clubhouse offers sweeping views across the wooded Indiana hills. In the foreground Dye's dramatic big dimension layout rolls its way across undulating terrain, presenting a testing challenge no matter what your handicap level. Make sure you choose your tees carefully - it's over 8,100 yards from the tips.

Although surrounded by pristine woodland, the course itself is virtually treeless. Every one of the expansively open holes is a carefully crafted Pete Dye work of art - wonderfully creative, great to look at, but fiendishly intimidating. The relatively narrow ribbon-like fairways are flanked by a profusion of mounds and steep drop-away grassy banks. The Himalayan mounding is frequently laced with bunkers and sandy waste areas of every conceivable shape and size. You'll discover that soon enough, not least at the par-4 2nd, which is flanked on its left side by a posse of "volcano-like" mounds, each topped with a bunker.

MOST MEMORABLE HOLE: With water flanking the entire rightside of the hole, the long par-3 16th is as tough and scary as they come - a mere 301-yards from the tips.

This just about walkable course, with its three man-made lakes and variety of elevation changes, offers forty-mile panoramic views and a wonderfully scenic golf experience. Standing at 1,000-feet above sea level, the clubhouse is a turn of the century mansion built for Thomas Taggart. Impeccably restored and decorated in painstaking detail, the mansion is available for lodging and the carriage house now serves as the pro shop.

Stay&Play: luxury accommodation is available 2 mi from the course in the resort's West Baden Springs and French Lick Springs hotels (see Where2Stay section below).

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Making Contact

The Pete Dye Course at French Lick
North County Pike Rd,
French Lick, Indiana 47432
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Office   +1 (888) 936 9360 (toll free)
Pro Shop   +1 (812) 936 9300

  +1 (812) 936 2100

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Golf Pro
Dave Harner (Director of Golf); Deven Trueblood (Head Golf Professional).
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Open links-style.
Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Surroundings: Woodland (on the edge of Hoosier Natl Forest)
Designer: Pete Dye (2009). Located 2 mi SE of the Dye course is the resort's original course (Valley Links), an 18-hole layout designed by Tom Bendelow (1907) and later revamped into a 9-hole layout (by Lee Schmidt, 2006) when ground was given up to build the casino.
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 8102 6115 5151
Par 72 72 72
SSS or Slope 80.0 70.6 70.5
At the Same Location:
The four French Lick Resort golf courses, and their location from the French Lick Springs Hotel are: Valley Links (9-holes, par-36, 1900 yds from back tees, onsite); Donald Ross course (18-hole, par-70, 7030 yds, 2.2 mi SW); Pete Dye course (18-hole, par-72, 8102 yds, 2 mi NW); Sultan's Run GC (18-holes, par-72, 6859 yds, 24 mi SW).
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How2Get There?

2 mi NW of French Lick / 60 mi NW of Louisville, KY.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2017 resort guest fee, day ticket: $350 (all days); golf cart included. [Contact club for full details, discounts and packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Resort guests staying at the French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs hotels can book to play the Dye course on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance.
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Other Information
Walking permitted. Forecaddies are compulsory, whether riding or carrying. Golf carts are fitted with GPS.

Practice facilities
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Did you know?

The clubhouse of the Pete Dye Course at French Lick is something quite special. It is housed in a converted and updated mansion, which is located on a hill at the second highest point in Indiana. The views from here are stunning. The mansion originally belonged to Thomas Taggart, a former U.S. Senator, Mayor of Indianapolis, and one-time owner of the French Lick Springs Hotel. Guests staying at French Lick can enjoy lunch during the winter season at the exclusive Taggart Mansion/Pete Dye Clubhouse.

The local town of French Lick was originally a French trading post, built near a spring and salt lick. A mineral or salt lick is a natural mineral deposit that is sought out by animals, providing them with essential mineral nutrients.

PETE DYE GOLF TRAIL: Referred to by many as the father of modern golf course architecture, Pete Dye has made an indelible mark on the game of golf. After carefully studying golf courses in the British Isles, Dye honed his craft in Indiana, before going on to produce a raft of stunning designs, including TPC Sawgrass, Whistling Straits and Harbor Town. Dye designs, created by Pete, his wife Alice and their family, now span the globe. Established in 2011 to showcase seven of the great man's courses in Indiana, the Pete Dye Golf Trail comprises: Birck Boilermaker (Kampen course), Brickyard Crossing, French Lick (Pete Dye course), Maple Creek, Mystic Hills, Plum Creek and The Fort.

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Published Ranking
2017/18 Golf Digest rating: 104th best course and 19th best public course in the USA; 3rd best course in Indiana.
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Latitude: (38.570079)
Longitude: (-86.635866)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in

French Lick Springs Hotel 
8670 W State Rd 56, French Lick, Indiana 47432.
+1 (812) 936 9300

Originally established in 1845, with the original east wing built in 1901, the French Lick Springs Hotel has attracted guests from around the world to experience the "miracle waters" of its nearby sulfur springs. Now this classic hotel has been restored, and offers over 440 guest rooms and suites. From the distinctive mosaic and marble flooring to a 109,000 square foot Conference & Events Center, this hotel has something everyone can enjoy.

Golf at this hotel French Lick (Valley Links)
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Golf within 5 miles French Lick (Ross course, 2.2 mi); French Link (Dye course, 2 mi).
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Golf within 20 miles French Lick (Sultan's Run course, 24 mi)
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West Baden Springs Hotel 
8538 W Baden Ave, West Baden Springs, IN 47469.
+1 (812) 936 9300

The fabulous West Baden Springs Hotel is anything but ordinary. This National Historic Landmark was built in 1902, and boasts a domed atrium spanning 200 feet. The 243 luxury guest rooms rise in six tiers around the dome, and balcony rooms provide a panoramic view of the atrium. In 2006 the West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Springs Hotel united under the umbrella of French Lick Resort.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles French Lick (Ross course, 3 mi); French Link (Dye course, 1.5 mi).
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Golf within 20 miles French Lick (Sultan's Run course, 24 mi)
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