What many people may not realize is that the State of Indiana is blessed with an array of top quality public facilities. Many might make an erroneous conclusion that given the general assumption that the Hoosier State is overwhelmed by flat terrain and that the nature of the golf would likely be filled with simply boring predictable flat designs. That's not the case with the upper echelon of courses and The Trophy Club -- located just outside of Indianapolis -- is a remarkable effort for the wide diversity of holes encountered.
The course is located on nearly 250 acres of land and the best part is the freedom to enjoy the layout without being bombarded by distractions such as housing. Tim Liddy, a protégé of Pete Dye, gives ample room off many of the tees but there's always a preferred side to play nearly all the holes. To succeed at The Trophy Club requires constant adjustments -- no set manner with a routing that's simply top tier because there's no predictable patterns to hone in on when playing.
I don't like using the terminology "links like" because it can easily convey a false connection but Liddy has certainly added elements to The Trophy Club that give that sort of impression. The putting surfaces are well contoured but not to such an excess to be bordering on the putt-putt variety. The juxtaposition of the different grass types also makes for a splendid contrast between the carefully prepared areas and those utterly natural.
Candidly, the greater Indianapolis area has a number of quality daily fee public course options. The main weakness of The Trophy Club is that the quartet of par-3 holes is not really differentiated as much as I'd like to see. That doesn't mean the holes per se are poor -- but having a really short offering along with a very long one would have worked much better.
Too often people think of American golf being the domain of the coasts -- both east and west. However, the heartland of America is blessed with a number of outstanding courses and for those able to get to Indiana -- be sure to spend plenty of time in around Indianapolis.
The Trophy Club is not only a quality design but it provides some of the best value in all of American golf too. A winner on all accounts.
by M. James Ward
Date: January 09, 2018