The Bridgewater Club is a 27-hole facility in the Carmel suburb of Indianapolis, one of several facilities in the area hosting a Pete Dye-designed golf course (although members will be quick to point out that it is one of the few to host TWO clubs).
Although the name certainly suggests water, centerline bunkers were on the menu when Pete and wife Alice set about their work. Players will get a taste right out of the gate: Although a mere 350 from the back tees, a pot sitting front and center to the green will influence the strategic golfer from the tee. The theme continues throughout the round, with players either needing to consider their distance from the tee (to avoid sand plots mid-fairway) or their angle, to circumvent greenside bunkers blocking access.
Those who prefer a more wet variety of hazard will certainly find the opportunity, however. Just like the sand, the aggressive golfer will be more prone to find them.
For those counting, players will cross four bridges during a round at the Bridgewater Club’s Championship Course. One, that from No. 10 to the No. 11 tee, will be covered, a nod to Dye’s nearby work at Crooked Stick.