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Blackthorn

Blackthorn

South Bend, Indiana
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Patrick Koenig
01/04
Patrick Koenig
South Bend, Indiana
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  • Address6100 Nimtz Pkwy #6111, South Bend, IN 46628, USA

Located to the north west of South Bend, not far from the University of Notre Dame - and its famous “Fighting Irish” varsity sports teams - Blackthorn is one of the best municipal tracks in the state of Indiana.

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The course is owned by the city and it was designed by the respected golf course architect Michael Hurdzan, with the first tee shot on the layout played on its opening hole in the summer of 1994.

Measuring between 5125 and 7136 yards, depending on which of the four sets of tees are used on each hole, the course is laid out on a heavily forested, 226-acre site where its generous fairways play between wetlands and small lakes to subtly contoured, raised greens.

The club logo gives due notice of the Irish theme around the club, from the Ballybunion Bratwurst in the Blarney Grill to the Shamrock and Leprechaun tee markers – not forgetting the short par four “Blarney Hole,” where golfers can either warm up for the 18 holes ahead or settle a match in a sudden death 19th hole if they so choose to.

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Michael Hurdzan

By the end of the 1980s, the partnership of Jack Kidwell and Michael Hurdzan was responsible for setting out more than a hundred courses across the US Midwest.

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