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11160 W State Road 56
French Lick, IN  47432-7912
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Pete Dye Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 8,102 yards | 148 slope

80.0 rating | Bermuda grass

Pete Dye Course Golf Course

The 18-hole "Pete Dye Course" at the French Lick Springs Resort facility in French Lick, Indiana features 8,102 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 80.0 and it has a slope rating of 148 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Pete Dye, ASGCA, the Pete Dye Course opened in 2009. Dave Harner, PGA manages the course as the Director of Golf Operations.


Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed April 19, 2010

First off, it's outrageously expensive but luckily for me, it was a gift from my dad. The place was absolutely breathtaking. This course was very difficult for me. I played the Donald Ross the day before and shot a took me 93 strokes for me to get through this beast from the black tees (7,200 yards, I think). Fairways were extremely undulated, very narrow, very firm and shaved tight. I had some crazy long drives because of the fairway conditions but also a lot of good drives ended up in the rough...which by the way was not benign. This club grabbing, wrist breaking rough was not as short as I've heard it's usually kept, making it very difficult to hold a ball on the rock hard greens...if your able to muscle it there. The greens were like I said were very firm, so don't expect your shot to check up but they were somewhat slower than I expected. Staff was super friendly. Even though shot some elevated numbers, I had a blast. Course was awesome...I hope I get to go back some day.

Reviewed August 13, 2009

This golf course has some unusual characteristics:

1) It costs $350 plus a $30 caddy fee and you must be a guest of the resort. You may wonder how a course in the middle of Indiana can survive at this price. I don't think Mr. Cook cares (see below). He put about half a billion dollars into the restoration of the associated hotel and resort. That restoration is as impressive as the golf course.
2) The intent I was told was to limit the number of players to about 20 per day. I played on a beautiful August day and I only saw 3 other golfers the entire day. It was a wonderful way to spend a day on a high mountain in Southern Indiana with views of 30-40 miles in all directions
3) If you have read any of Pete Dye's recent interviews about his dissatisfaction with the current game of competitive golf, this course seems to be his answer:
"Equipment changing the game": 8100 yards from the back tees, extremely narrow fairways (80 feet)
" Greenside bunkers no longer hazards": collection areas (I putted them) and I detected slightly different sand characteristics in the bunkers I entered.
"Speed of greens too important to todays game": these greens are neither overly fast or contoured, but if your approach shot or pitch is not in the right place you are in a collection area instead of the green.

It is a visually challenging golf course. The shot your brain tells you to hit off the tee especially is often high risk. GPS and a caddy are necessary to avoid aiming for shots that can land even a good player in trouble quickly. There is not a tree on the course. Water realistically comes into play on only 1 hole. There are elevation changes on every hole. The rough is surprisingly easy to hit from, although a miss from the primary rough is likely to be down a hillside in long grass you will never find your ball--even if you saw where it went in.

I think the most interesting aspect of this course is that average players can play this course reasonably well, but it has aspects that will drive professionals and good players crazy:
1) A few of the holes were easier to hit your drive into the rough. My caddy told me to do it. The fescue rough lets the ball sit up. For me( handicap 13 playing from the blue 6700 yard tees), this was great. For pros trying to spin it on to the green with 2010 grooves, this will be upsetting as they can trap the ball on the bent grass fairways but not the rough.
2) Few significant greenside bunkers-lots of collection areas. I putted them with reasonable success. Trying to hit a pitch into a 2 foot landing area or chipping into the hill is not a reliable for shot for me.
3) This is somewhat of a links style course with lots of mounds, slopes, and hills. You can hit a good shot and be in trouble because of the bounce or hit a bad shot and be fine. Again for me, I didn't lose any strokes. Two of my worst approach shots ended up being easy pars because of angular bounces towards the greens. One of my best drives caught a gust downwind, was slightly too far for my line, hit a mound on the side of the fairway/rough and kicked 90 degrees right into a small area of tall grass and was lost. For good players, this will be upsetting. And if the wind is up, it makes this course very hard.
4) The pros won't be hitting wedges into the greens or cutting corners from 8100 yards.

It will be interesting to see how this course does in its first tournament next year (2010 PGA club professionals championship). Perhaps I am wrong (I am a short hitting average golfer who shot an 88 from the middle tees), but for the reasons listed above, the thing I like best about this course is that I can play the exact same course from my tees as the pros will play from theirs and both be challenged without the course being "tricked up" with lightening fast greens or super high rough or weird pin placements.

Is it worth the $400 to play? My wife gave this to me as a gift. I am not sure I would have done it on my own. It is absolutely beautiful.


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  • Latest Scores
  • Overall
Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Robert B. N/A 93 93 06/18/10
2 Joe R. N/A 99 99 07/06/13
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Golf Course Information

About French Lick Springs Resort, Pete Dye Course

French Lick Springs Resort

Resort facility

40 tees driving range

45 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Dave Harner, PGA, Director of Golf Operations
Andy Fortner, PGA, Head Golf Professional
Russ Apple, Superintendent
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