Indiana

Occupying an area of around 36,000 square miles, the Hoosier State of Indiana lies in the Midwest region of the United States with Indianapolis designated as both its capital and largest city.

The Indiana Golf Association was founded in 1900, followed twenty one years later by the Indiana Women’s Golf Association, and both governing bodies look after the interests of male and female golfers in 285 clubs, from Knollwood Country Club in the north to The Rustic in the south of the state. Rather unusually, the Indiana Section PGA joined forces with the Indiana Golf Association in 1972 to become IGA-PGA, one of the few joint amateur and professional golf organisations in the United States.

Victoria National and Crooked Stick are nationally ranked top tracks within the state of Indiana. The former was laid out within an abandoned coal mine by Tom Fazio in 1998 whilst the latter, a Pete Dye design from 1967, has hosted a number of major competitions including the 1991 USPGA Championship, the 1993 US Women’s Open, the 2005 Solheim Cup and the 2009 US Senior Open. The old Donald Ross and new Pete Dye courses at the French Lick Resort are also worthy of mention. Opened ninety years apart, they offer engaging games of golf at a fabulous 45-hole facility.

Our Indiana Best In State Rankings were last updated in July 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Indiana

Victoria National

1st Indiana - Best in Area

Victoria National Golf Club rose like a phoenix from the ashes of an old coal mine and it was laid out in 1998 by Tom Fazio...

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Description: Victoria National Golf Club rose like a phoenix from the ashes of an old coal mine and it was laid out in 1998 by Tom Fazio... Rating: 5.7 out of 6

Crooked Stick

2nd Indiana - Best in Area

Crooked Stick Golf Club was one of Pete Dye’s first golf course commissions and it was constructed the year after he had spent some time in Scotland playing many of the traditional links...

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Description: Crooked Stick Golf Club was one of Pete Dye’s first golf course commissions and it was constructed the year after he had spent some time in Scotland playing many of the traditional links... Rating: 4.7 out of 6

French Lick (Donald Ross)

3rd Indiana - Best in Area

The Donald Ross layout dates back to 1916 when it was the second 18-hole golf course to be commissioned at the French Lick Resort (following an earlier Tom Bendelow design).

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Description: The Donald Ross layout dates back to 1916 when it was the second 18-hole golf course to be commissioned at the French Lick Resort (following an earlier Tom Bendelow design). Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Warren - Indiana

4th Indiana - Best in Area

Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore laid out the Warren golf course at Notre Dame in 1999 and it has since hosted a number of high profile competitions, and will host the U.S. Senior Open Championship in 2019.

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Description: Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore laid out the Warren golf course at Notre Dame in 1999 and it has since hosted a number of high profile competitions, and will host the U.S. Senior Open Championship in 2019. Rating: 5 out of 6

French Lick (Pete Dye)

5th Indiana - Best in Area

The Pete Dye layout at French Lick opened for play at a reputed cost of $28m in 2009. The golf course occupies a difficult site that required 2.5 million cubic yards of earth to be moved during construction.

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Description: The Pete Dye layout at French Lick opened for play at a reputed cost of $28m in 2009. The golf course occupies a difficult site that required 2.5 million cubic yards of earth to be moved during construction. Rating: 4 out of 6

The Fort

6th Indiana - Best in Area

Laid out within a redeveloped parcel of land on the old Fort Benjamin Harrison US Army post, the course at The Fort Golf Resort is a Pete Dye and Tim Liddy layout that made its first appearance in 1997.

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Description: Laid out within a redeveloped parcel of land on the old Fort Benjamin Harrison US Army post, the course at The Fort Golf Resort is a Pete Dye and Tim Liddy layout that made its first appearance in 1997. Rating: 3 out of 6

Culver Academies

7th Indiana - Best in Area

Laid out close to Lake Maxinkuckee, Culver Academies is a William Langford design that dates back to 1924. Restored in 2015 by Bobby Weed, some commentators reckon this is now the best 9-hole golf course in the USA.

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Brickyard Crossing

8th Indiana - Best in Area

One of a select number of golf courses to host PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour events, Brickyard Crossing has four of its fairways (at holes 7 to 10) located inside the oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track.

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Prairie View

9th Indiana - Best in Area

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, the fairways at Prairie View Golf Club are laid out in two distinct groupings; the front nine holes are set out in open country whilst the back nine meander through forested terrain.

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Harrison Hills

10th Indiana - Best in Area

Situated 25 miles to the south west of Lafayette, the course at Harrison Hills Golf and Country Club was set out by William Langford in 1924, with Tim Liddy carrying out an upgrade seventy years later.

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Description: Situated 25 miles to the south west of Lafayette, the course at Harrison Hills Golf and Country Club was set out by William Langford in 1924, with Tim Liddy carrying out an upgrade seventy years later. Rating: 4 out of 6