APRIL 29-MAY 1, 2022
FRENCH LICK, IND. (THE PETE DYE COURSE AT FRENCH LICK)
Sketched on a napkin and carved into history by Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye, this course hosted the Senior PGA Championship in 2015. Senior PGA champion Colin Montgomerie called it “one of the iconic courses” in America and one that golfers all over the world will want to play. This championship golf course on one of Indiana’s highest elevation points has narrow, immaculate fairways and rugged, intense terrain. The Pete Dye Course has gained national acclaim for its 40-mile panoramic views of the southern Indiana countryside, three man-made lakes, “volcano” bunkers and a variety of elevation changes. A robust 8,100 yards from the professional tees punctuate Dye’s signature sting from vista to vista.
Golf was an important part of the history of both French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotels. When the two became French Lick Resort it was obvious that it would continue to play an integral role in the overall success of the property.
The Cook Group, owners of the resort since 2005, wanted to establish their new enterprise as a true vacation spot into a historic property and a world-class golf destination. To do this, an expansion of the existing golf operation was a must. After contemplating several well-known designers they decided on Dye, arguably the world’s top golf architect. Dye walked Mt. Airie – the proposed building site and concluded there was no way to build a golf course on that land. The slopes were too severe and the terrain too rugged.
Dye, not being one to give up easily, soon returned to the resort with a topographical map of the area and preliminary drawings on a napkin. He said he intended to “build the course whether they want me to or not.” The course officially opened in the spring of 2009 and held its first major PGA event by the summer of 2010. Mike Small was crowned the PNC Champion that year.
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