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  • Indy GolferIndy Golfer Members  275WRX Points: 81Posts: 275 Greens
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    bargolf wrote:


    Anyone try the Kampen Course at Purdue?






    Yep, awesome course.



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    bargolf wrote:


    Anyone try the Kampen Course at Purdue?






    Yep, awesome course.








    Bump - Great course!
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    IU was in decent shape. We have had a good bit of rain in the last few days so the whole course was a bit soft. The fairways were shaggy, but the greens were pretty smooth. All in all it was a good day. Helps that I drove the ball really well all day. Below is a picture of the 11th (380 yards par 4). This is my favorite hole on the course. As a lefty that plays a little fade, I line it up at the trees just right of the cart in the picture. There is more room out there than you would think from the picture.
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    bwb wrote:


    IU was in decent shape. We have had a good bit of rain in the last few days so the whole course was a bit soft. The fairways were shaggy, but the greens were pretty smooth. All in all it was a good day. Helps that I drove the ball really well all day. Below is a picture of the 11th (380 yards par 4). This is my favorite hole on the course. As a lefty that plays a little fade, I line it up at the trees just right of the cart in the picture. There is more room out there than you would think from the picture.




    Yep...IU has the bones to be an awesome course.....in that the natural hills and woods give it great potential. If they got someone like Dye to come do a redesign, it could be a top course in the state. It badly needs updated irrigation, and the turf needs to be taken out and re-done. I knew Pete only charged Purdue $1 to redesign Kampen. Wish IU could get the funds and get the same deal. Pete is getting up there in years...
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    I cant wait as Monday morning I'm leaving to drive to southern Illinois to play 36 at Kokopelli (sight of the 2012 Illinois amateur) and then driving back north early Tuesday morning to play 36 at Kempen. I have not played either course but I have heard nothing but good things about them.
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    Anyone played West Chase in Brownsburg? Thoughts?
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  • Indy GolferIndy Golfer Members  275WRX Points: 81Posts: 275 Greens
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    ruascott wrote:


    Anyone played West Chase in Brownsburg? Thoughts?






    Decent track, wouldn't drive too far out of my way to play there. There are some fun holes, but the conditions are usually just average. A good course in that area is Twin Bridges in Danville, a lot of fun. Not very long, but a fun layout that requires some strategy. I believe they usually have specials on Wednesday's, they did in the past anyway.



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    I am going to be in Indy for most of next week for a conference. I was thinking of playing Brickyard Crossing on Monday about noon, anyone want to play?
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    bwb wrote:


    I am going to be in Indy for most of next week for a conference. I was thinking of playing Brickyard Crossing on Monday about noon, anyone want to play?




    You might want to call (if you haven't) to check and see if it will be open. Their schedule around the race is always a little different, and having just played there in the past couple of days, they said there are several "outings"...500 club, etc. Have fun, it's in SPECTACULAR shape right now...probably as good as i've seen it.
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    dgrelecki wrote:




    You might want to call (if you haven't) to check and see if it will be open. Their schedule around the race is always a little different, and having just played there in the past couple of days, they said there are several "outings"...500 club, etc. Have fun, it's in SPECTACULAR shape right now...probably as good as i've seen it.




    They are open and they got me hooked up with a twosome. I will post back after the round.
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    bwb wrote:

    dgrelecki wrote:




    You might want to call (if you haven't) to check and see if it will be open. Their schedule around the race is always a little different, and having just played there in the past couple of days, they said there are several "outings"...500 club, etc. Have fun, it's in SPECTACULAR shape right now...probably as good as i've seen it.




    They are open and they got me hooked up with a twosome. I will post back after the round.




    Good to hear. It's in great shape, probably one of the best public course conditions you'll play on.



    Hope you had a good time.
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  • bwbbwb Members  128WRX Points: 40Posts: 128 Bunkers
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    [size="3"]This has been a good week. As I said in an previous post, I played Brickyard Crossing on Monday. The course was in fantastic shape and it was really a good layout, but the setting next-to and inside the Speedway is what really sets this place a part. They were running the two-seater indy cars all day and it made for a really different experience. Standing on the tee on #7 seeing the pagoda off to the left and hearing cars scream down the back stretch at 200+ mph was just a bit surreal.

    [size="3"]Since I had such a good time Monday, I blew off the closing peech of the conference I was at and went up and played Trophy Club on Wednesday. Conditioning was not quit that of Brickyard, but for what I paid it was great. I love the Trophy Club, with all the run offs and collection areas it is just a really fun golf course. Since that went so well I have decided I need to get an early start on the holiday weekend and am headed down to French Lick to play the Ross on Friday.[/size]



    ***Update***

    French Lick is booked up, so I had to settle for The Fort.



    [size="3"]And of course no trip to Indy is complete with out a visit to Shapiro's

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    ruascott wrote:


    Here's my list of courses I'm planning to play this year



    Never played before:



    Fox Prairie

    Wood Wind

    GC of Indiana

    West Chase

    Plum Creek

    Brookshire

    Ironwood

    Gray Eagle

    Pebble Brook



    Played before and going back:



    Bear Slide

    Fort

    Trophy Club

    River Glen

    Purgatory

    Brickyard

    Prairie View

    Coffin

    Hawk's Tail

    Royal Highlands

    Heartland Crossing

    Eagle Creek





    Am I missing any?? Let me know your thoughts, particularly on the one's I haven't visited yet.



    Wow, that's a lotta golf....better get going. And I'm sure I'll have a few other trips to courses a bit further out, like Martinsville CC.








    Other than Plum Creek (and that's even questionable) I'd tell you to replay Trophy Club, Purgatory, and Heartland Crossing, and the Brickyard.
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    So far I've played



    Bear Slide

    River Glen

    Ironwood

    Brookshire x 2

    Wood Wind

    The Fort



    I would and probably will return to all of those..other than Ironwood. that was the Thompson dog track that I was afraid of. Won't waste my money on another Thomson course this year. Layout was good. Condition was not.
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    bwb wrote:


    [size="3"]This has been a good week. As I said in an previous post, I played Brickyard Crossing on Monday. The course was in fantastic shape and it was really a good layout, but the setting next-to and inside the Speedway is what really sets this place a part. They were running the two-seater indy cars all day and it made for a really different experience. Standing on the tee on #7 seeing the pagoda off to the left and hearing cars scream down the back stretch at 200+ mph was just a bit surreal.

    [size="3"]Since I had such a good time Monday, I blew off the closing peech of the conference I was at and went up and played Trophy Club on Wednesday. Conditioning was not quit that of Brickyard, but for what I paid it was great. I love the Trophy Club, with all the run offs and collection areas it is just a really fun golf course. Since that went so well I have decided I need to get an early start on the holiday weekend and am headed down to French Lick to play the Ross on Friday.[/size]



    ***Update***

    French Lick is booked up, so I had to settle for The Fort.



    [size="3"]And of course no trip to Indy is complete with out a visit to Shapiro's

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    You sir know how to spend your free time!! Thats quite a drive from Indy to French Lick. The Forts a good replacment though. LOL

    Paul
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    Nice week there....LOVE playing the brickyard when they are running cars....which they seem to be doing pretty often. Nothing like hearing the scream of the car go by while setting up for a tough shot...haha.
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  • dgreleckidgrelecki Members  940WRX Points: 55Handicap: BeerPosts: 940 Golden Tee
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    I wouldn't drive all the way to Frenchlick for the Ross course...for the Dye, absolutely...just bring your checkbook. It's about $450 with all fees, and you need to stay there.



    However, if you don't mind a tiny drive from Indy, go to Columbus and play Otter Creek...GREAT public track.
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    dgrelecki wrote:


    I wouldn't drive all the way to Frenchlick for the Ross course...for the Dye, absolutely...just bring your checkbook. It's about $450 with all fees, and you need to stay there.



    However, if you don't mind a tiny drive from Indy, go to Columbus and play Otter Creek...GREAT public track.




    Yep otter creek has some good deals going on golf now. For years, that course was rated best public course in the state, and was top 100 public nationally. With the golf construction boom, it slipped a bit, but it's still a great older, championship level track.



    Play the original 18 if you go...the newer 9 was designed by Rees Jones, and is just fine, but didn't have the old RTJ charm of the original.
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    Just planned a golf weekend in August with my two brother's in law. Playing Brickyard (36), Purgatory (36) and The Fort(18). I have played the fort twice in the last two years but have not played the other two tracks.



    I see some Otter Creek talk above. WHile I liked it when I played it a couple of years ago, it didn't give me that wow factor nicer courses often have. Liked it fine, but didn't love it. I personaly like The Fort better.
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    dgrelecki wrote:


    I wouldn't drive all the way to Frenchlick for the Ross course...for the Dye, absolutely...just bring your checkbook. It's about $450 with all fees, and you need to stay there.



    However, if you don't mind a tiny drive from Indy, go to Columbus and play Otter Creek...GREAT public track.




    I have the hardware from your recent brickyard victory, next time we play we will drink out of it.
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  • bwbbwb Members  128WRX Points: 40Posts: 128 Bunkers
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    Made it to the Fort this morning. It was in good shape and was I had a great time. This was the third time in the last 2 months I have been out to the Fort and I am starting to be able to remember the where to hit the ball to take advantage of the slopes. When you can start to run it of the slopes it really makes a difference. I had such a good time I stopped at my home course when I got back to town and walked 9 more. All in all it has been a great week. Unfortunately I am actually going to have to do some work next week.



    marmooskapaul,

    I live in Bloomignton, so the drive to the Ross is not bad at all. It is about the same for me to French Lick or The Fort.



    dgrelecki,

    You were spot on with your assessment of the Brickyard and its conditioning. It was fantastic. I really did enjoy the round and look forward to making it back up there later this year. I am taking my Dad to Koler this fall and I am trying to hit as many Dye course as I can this summer. I have not played the Dye at French Lick, but have a tentative plan to play it in Aug. I am playing up at Eagle Creek in June and hope to get to Plume Creek and Maple Creek as well. I am not sure I will have a chance to make it up to Kampen but I might try.



    Last year I did a Ross tour, and I am on record as saying that for me the Ross Course at FL is the best public in the state (remember I have not played the Dye yet). I think I would do the drive from Indy to French Lick to play the Ross (if I had to) at the drop of a hat. I love Ross courses and I think the one at FL stacks up well to the big name Ross courses in the Pinehurst area.

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    Wow, you would think by all of these posts golf is only played in Indy and below in Indiana.



    Lots of great courses up here in northern Indiana, but seems no one from up north is on golfwrx.



    Giving a shout out to Christiana Creek in Elkhart. The greens are in fantastic shape, rolling fast and true.
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    Yep...IU has the bones to be an awesome course.....in that the natural hills and woods give it great potential. If they got someone like Dye to come do a redesign, it could be a top course in the state. It badly needs updated irrigation, and the turf needs to be taken out and re-done. I knew Pete only charged Purdue $1 to redesign Kampen. Wish IU could get the funds and get the same deal. Pete is getting up there in years...



    Pete did offer IU the same deal about 5 years ago but he wanted to get rid of a bunch of trees and add a few holes on some adjacent land that the university owns. But the liberal element of B-town had a hissy about a few trees and the plan fell apart.
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    Yep...IU has the bones to be an awesome course.....in that the natural hills and woods give it great potential. If they got someone like Dye to come do a redesign, it could be a top course in the state. It badly needs updated irrigation, and the turf needs to be taken out and re-done. I knew Pete only charged Purdue $1 to redesign Kampen. Wish IU could get the funds and get the same deal. Pete is getting up there in years...



    Pete did offer IU the same deal about 5 years ago but he wanted to get rid of a bunch of trees and add a few holes on some adjacent land that the university owns. But the liberal element of B-town had a hissy about a few trees and the plan fell apart.




    I had never heard about IU being offered the same deal as Purdue by Dye. That really is a shame because there are a lot of good holes on that land just waiting to be built. I do know that in 1999/2000 there was a proposal by a private group of alumni to build a second course on land just adjacent to the current course. It was to be a Jack Nicklaus signature design and was going to be very private. While at the time there was some talk about the environmental impact, the killer was the attempt to build a private club on public university property. In the plan the group had offered honorary memberships to the IU President, the AD and a few others. I think this drove the faculty council over the edge and the project never got off the ground.
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    bwb wrote:

    hublee wrote:


    Yep...IU has the bones to be an awesome course.....in that the natural hills and woods give it great potential. If they got someone like Dye to come do a redesign, it could be a top course in the state. It badly needs updated irrigation, and the turf needs to be taken out and re-done. I knew Pete only charged Purdue $1 to redesign Kampen. Wish IU could get the funds and get the same deal. Pete is getting up there in years...



    Pete did offer IU the same deal about 5 years ago but he wanted to get rid of a bunch of trees and add a few holes on some adjacent land that the university owns. But the liberal element of B-town had a hissy about a few trees and the plan fell apart.




    I had never heard about IU being offered the same deal as Purdue by Dye. That really is a shame because there are a lot of good holes on that land just waiting to be built. I do know that in 1999/2000 there was a proposal by a private group of alumni to build a second course on land just adjacent to the current course. It was to be a Jack Nicklaus signature design and was going to be very private. While at the time there was some talk about the environmental impact, the killer was the attempt to build a private club on public university property. In the plan the group had offered honorary memberships to the IU President, the AD and a few others. I think this drove the faculty council over the edge and the project never got off the ground.


    You are right it was the Nicklaus deal and the faculty council shot it down for the reasons you said. I don't know how B-town could keep two private courses going. The country club supposedly only stays open because of a tiny group of rich guys who want it, that is what I have heard a couple of times.
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    I played Grey Eagle Friday night for the first time. I was really impressed by the design but it was in very so so condition. Too bad, it really could be a great course for the money.
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    Hey guys I just moved out here last year for dental school and so I am still kind of new to the area (in regards to golf courses) so I wanted to get your suggestions on places to play that are reasonably priced. I have only played a few different courses in the area and have played Buffer Park the most just because it's the closest. I love that course but just wish it was 18 holes. From what I've read, The Fort and the course at Brickyard Crossing are great. Any others? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks guys.
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    Hey guys I just moved out here last year for dental school and so I am still kind of new to the area (in regards to golf courses) so I wanted to get your suggestions on places to play that are reasonably priced. I have only played a few different courses in the area and have played Buffer Park the most just because it's the closest. I love that course but just wish it was 18 holes. From what I've read, The Fort and the course at Brickyard Crossing are great. Any others? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks guys.




    I'd give heartland crossing a try. It's real close to buffer park. Lots of good deals either twilight or on golf now. Some don't like it because the crazy amount of sand, but i think it's a great track for the money. I haven't played it on a couple years, but used to always be in great shape.



    If you want cheap also try Deer Creek...it's not that far from that side of town.



    Martinsville

    Legends

    Eagle Creek

    Hickory Stick



    are all in your general region, and all can be had pretty cheap on golf now or off peak times.



    Trophy club

    Purgatory

    Fort

    Brickyard

    Prairie view

    Bear Slide



    Are all upper end courses, and are all great....mostly all on the north side.
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    I played Grey Eagle Friday night for the first time. I was really impressed by the design but it was in very so so condition. Too bad, it really could be a great course for the money.




    Sadly this seems to be the consistent theme of all RN Thompson run courses. Nice layouts, bad conditioning. I avoid all their courses now. Ironwood is the same. Winding Ridge even worse. Southern dunes is slightly better.
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    Played Purgatory Sunday morning and by getting out early we were able to beat the heat..



    However, we will probably not go back for a while. I still LOVE the layout, but the conditioning (especially on the greens) and service are pitiful..



    The premium cost really magnified the shortcomings. I expect a bit better for that level of greens fee.



    On the upside, played well and shot an 82, even though I kicked away some shots via putts.
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