Best golf courses: Around Indy & Cincinnati

Indiana's largest city is home to a number of top-quality public golf courses. Among them is Purgatory, a challenging course with a number of tee selections for different skill levels, and the championship layout at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, a Pete Dye design whose history dates back to 1929. Your Cincinnati itinerary may include the top-ranked Balterra Golf Course, a stay-and-play facility with a well-maintained championship layout. If you're visiting Louisville, the spectacular Sultan's Run Golf Course, whose landscape of verdant parkland and rolling hills has made it sought-after among avid golfers.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Refram, Dean

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Dean Refram

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Cincinnati
Fazio, Tom

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cincinnati

Designer

Tom Fazio

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

The Kampen (formerly North) course was substantially redesigned by Pete Dye (1994). Ackerman Hills (formerly South) course was designed by William Diddel (1934), redesigned by Larry Packard (1968), further improved in 1998 and renovated by Pete Dye (2015).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Husband/wife team of Pete & Alice Dye

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Cincinnati
Raynor, Seth

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Private club

Nearest city

Cincinnati

Designer

Original design by Seth Raynor & Charles Banks (1925); later minor improvements by Tom Doak (1984, 2000).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Indianapolis
Dye, Pete

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Private club

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Husband & wife team of Pete & Alice Dye.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cincinnati
Norman, Greg

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cincinnati

Designer

Greg Norman

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Dye & Liddy

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Pete Dye & Tim Liddy

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Rsrt guests only
Louisville
Dye, Pete

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Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Louisville

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.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Louisville
Ross, Donald

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Louisville

Designer

Original design by Donald Ross (1917), revamped by Lee Schmidt (2006). Located 2.2 mi NE of the Ross 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.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Pete Dye in collaboration with his wife Alice. The great man's first ever 18-hole layout.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Cincinnati
Campbell, Alex

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Private club

Nearest city

Cincinnati

Designer

Alex "Nipper" Campbell (1930); restored by Keith Foster (2015).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Dye, Pete & P.B.

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Father/son team of Pete & P.B. Dye.

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Cincinnati
Wilson, Dick

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Private club

Nearest city

Cincinnati

Designer

Dick Wilson designed both the North and South courses.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Original 18-hole design by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1964); Rees Jones (Robert's son) designed the third nine (1995).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Dye, Pete

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Pete Dye

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Jones II, Robert Trent

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Kern, Ron

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Ron Kern

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Indianapolis
Liddy, Tim

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Tim Liddy

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cincinnati
Hills, Arthur

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cincinnati

Designer

Arthur Hills designed the original 18-hole Shaker Run course (1979), comprising the Red (formerly Woodlands) and Green (Lakeside) nines. The White-nine (formerly Meadows) was designed by Dr Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry (1999).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cincinnati
Osterfeld, Jeff

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cincinnati

Designer

Jeff Osterfeld (designer & owner).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Louisville
Jones & Sternberg

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Louisville

Designer

Original design by Tom Jones & Allen Sternberg; redesigned by Tim Liddy (late-2000s).

Private: A course for members and their invited guests only.
Private club
Indianapolis
Nicklaus, Jack

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Private club

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Jack Nicklaus

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
(Closed in 2018)
Indianapolis
Smyers, Steve

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(Closed in 2018)

Nearest city

Indianapolis

Designer

Steve Smyers

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cincinnati
Bates, Gene

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cincinnati

Designer

Gene Bates

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