The Trophy Club sits on a mostly flat piece of land in central Indiana wedged between the new highway (I-65) and the old highway (US-52) and bisected by a running creek that cuts a small valley and comes into play on several holes, mainly on the back nine. The course is routed out in open space with few trees in play, leading often to windy conditions which can make the course quite difficult when the wind kicks up. Most greens are fairly large and undulating; the architect, Tim Liddy, was once a protege of Pete Dye’s, and that association shows in the style of the greens and approaches. Distance control and proper shot shaping are required to get close to pins and course management is a must with most holes presenting several strategic options. Visually, the course can be difficult because of the lack of defined landmarks on the horizon and uncertainty around distances to the many twists and turns of the fairways.
My personal favorite holes include #2, a long, winding par five over the creek that presents the player with a bevy of layup options and angles into the green, #5, a driveable par four with a huge, mounded fairway for those who choose to lay up, #11, a reachable par five with bailout areas galore, #12, a quirky short par four along a pont, and #17, a par three to a very well-bunkered green. I greatly dislike the stretch of #7-#8, however, as they are on as unremarkable terrain as you’d ever find on a golf course, and seem forced in to complete the routing, and thus lower the golf course a notch in rating.
Played October 12 & 18, 2008
Date: October 05, 2018