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1490 N Meridian Rd
Jasper, IN  47546-9766
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Sultan's Run Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 6,859 yards | 143 slope

73.5 rating | Zoysia grass

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Sultan's Run Golf Course


The 18-hole "Sultan's Run" course at the Sultan's Run Golf Club facility in Jasper, Indiana features 6,859 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.5 and it has a slope rating of 143 on Zoysia grass. Designed by Timothy Liddy, ASGCA, the Sultan's Run golf course opened in 1992. Chris Tretter manages the course as the General Manager/Co-Owner.

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Reviewed July 09, 2020

Dubois County in Indiana is home to several large businesses: Best Home Furnishings in Ferdinand, Farbest Foods in Huntingburg, and Kimball Electronics and Jasper Engines in Jasper. It is also home to one of the state’s top-ranked golf courses, Sultan’s Run, a true golfing masterpiece.

Since the course opened in 1992, Sultan’s Run has received its fair share of accolades including Indiana Golf Course of the year by INGCOA in 2015 and the #6 Course to Play in Indiana by Golfweek, Magazine in 2019. They have also hosted some prestigious golf events including the 2016 Indiana PGA Senior Open, Web.Com Tour Qualifiers, Golfweek Midwest Junior Classic. Golf Digest has awarded Sultan’s Run 4 1/2 stars. My question to Golf Digest is “Why not 5?”

No sooner did the course open, then it underwent an extensive remodeling project in 1996. Under the guidance of world-renowned architect Pete Dye disciple Tim Liddy, all 18 holes were reworked in some way or another. Zoysia fairways were planted, bunkers were added or taken away from some holes and reimagined on others. Greens were reconstructed and some holes were given a total makeover. In the end, Sultan’s Run emerged as the masterpiece you see today and is a world-class golf facility that will have golfers of all calibers talking about it long after they leave the course.

The length at Sultan’s Run may not scare anyone away, however, the slope tells a much different story. The back (Black) Tees play 6,859 yards with a course rating of 73.5 and a slope of 143. The average slope in the US is around 120, (155 is the highest) so you get the idea it’s not going to be a walk in the park. Move up to the Gold Tees and the yardage drops to 6,429 but the slope only drops to 138. Two other tee boxes play to yardages of 5,762 (Silver) and 4,911 (Green). The worst-case scenario is you move up a set of tees and still have a great time!

This tremendous parkland layout sits nestled in the heart of Southern Indiana and stretches across 224+ rolling acres of hardwood forests, water hazards, and wildlife. As you make your way around the course, you’ll play along rolling hills and tree-lined valleys, around three lakes and a myriad of streams, and encounter wonderful and well-maintained bunkering. What you won’t see at Sultan’s Run are houses and that’s not likely to change anytime soon; it’s just you, mother nature, and that little white ball! This is truly one of Indiana’s most scenic layouts.

Stepping to the first tee, the slope and rolling terrain is evident and when you step up to the second tee you get a sense of the elevation changes. At 326 yards (Gold Tees), the 7th is a great risk/reward opportunity and you don’t have to be a gorilla off the tee. A well-struck drive over the fairway bunker on the left that catches the downhill slope of the fairway can easily get you on the green in the right conditions.

Up until you reach the 15th hole, water hasn’t been much of a factor. The wet stuff figures predominantly into the last four holes and can easily break up a great round. Number 15 is a 375-yard par 4 with a large lake on the left off the tee and a creek running down the right. Pull your tee shot left and you may get lucky and end up in the bunker instead of the water. If that happens, you’ll have a long approach shot over water. An accurate tee shot between the waterways will leave a short pitch shot into a long narrow green.

Number 16 is a 175-yard par 3 that plays downhill from an elevated tee box into a green surrounded by sand and water. The green is large with a lot of undulation so finding the green off the tee doesn’t guarantee a good score.

Number 17 is a modest 383-yard dogleg left par 4 with a creek meandering down the left side. If you favor the right side off the tee and avoid the fairway bunker, you’ll have a great angle into the green. The approach shot plays uphill so consider an extra club. The green slopes slightly from back to front and is protected on the right side by bunkers.

Number 18 is the far and away the most memorable hole on the golf course and is dubbed Supreme Sultan, the course’s namesake! It’s a 412-yard par 4 dogleg right with a huge picturesque waterfall behind the green. A good drive that flies the fairway bunkers on the right will set up a memorable short iron approach shot into an elevated green that slopes left to right towards the water. Anything right of the green will likely roll down the hill into the water. After the last putt is stroked, grab your smartphone and your playing partners and take a picture with the waterfall in the background to create a lasting memory of your visit.

According to Course Superintendent Brett Popp, the variety of grasses used on the course can sometimes be a challenge to keep in peak condition. The Zoysia tees, fairways, and green collars are fairly easy to maintain because the grass is very hardy and can handle extreme hot and cold temperatures. The Bentgrass greens are another story. Several greens are well hidden by trees which restricts airflow, causing the greens to become overheated. To combat this, several holes will see the surrounding woods thinned considerably to increase airflow, yet not detract from the existing aesthetics of the golf course.

The pro shop at Sultan’s Run offers some of the best equipment and apparel designed to complement your game. Pro Shop Manager Pat Schuler and PGA Professional Jeff Howerton have created their own Sultan’s Run apparel label with a silhouetted logo of the memorable racehorse. After your round, stop by the fully-stocked Pro Shop and browse through several name brands.

Sultan’s Run Golf Club boasts some pretty impressive practice facilities including a high-capacity driving range and putting green. General Manager Chris Tretter is heavily involved with kids golf in the area and plans on greatly expanding the practice area in the near future to include a comprehensive short game area and the creation of the Sultan’s Run Golf Academy. Sultan Run’s competent PGA staff is available for clinics and lessons and can help take your game to the next level.

I had the opportunity to play Sultan’s Run with Tretter and pick his brain about what the future holds. In addition to the new practice facilities, plans are for several cottages to be added in the not too distant future, allowing them to do stay and play packages. Beyond that, an indoor golf entertainment venue with a restaurant, a pitch-and-putt course, and a boutique hotel are all in the longer-term plans.


There’s no better way to end your visit to Sultan’s Run than a trip to the 19th Hole. Here you can unwind with your favorite beverage from Sultan Run’s fully stocked bar while looking over the 18th hole. Both the bar and grill are open daily for both breakfast and lunch. Executive Chef Phil Barth and his team of culinary experts serve up some tasty dishes and I get the feeling that if the club lets Phil loose in the kitchen, the sky’s the limit.

Sultan’s Run is a great place to host special events such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and corporate outings. The event center has a special view, overlooking the waterfall on the 18th hole. Once you discover how great the entire facility is at Sultan’s Run, you’ll want to consider it for your next golf outing, event, or tournament. They offer turn-key outing services include handicapping and scoring, personalized cart signs and scorecards, mulligan tickets, merchandise specials, drink tickets and so much more. Schuler, Howerton, Bart, and the entire staff of dedicated professionals know what it takes to pull off a smooth event; you’ll see that the first time you sit down with them to start the planning process. Jeff Howerton may even be able to give you some playing tips, after all, he does hold the course record at 62.


Beverages Available Cart Included Challenging Club Rentals Food Available Friendly Staff Great Deal Pro Shop Putting Green Quick Pace Scenic Well Maintained
Reviewed October 21, 2012

It's been quite a while since I played this course, but I do remember that it had some very nice views (especially the signature hole ..it was beautiful)

Reviewed June 13, 2012

French Lick Casino and Hotels have purchased the course and now it is managed like a resort course, with a resort course price. However, the course is not anywhere near the condition of their resort courses in French Lick. On the plus side, they filled the bunkers with sand and the greens are in average shape and playable. However, there seems to be little to no management of the course or course maintenance knowledge. This is sad considering the potential of the course. The fairways are now over watered to the point that the golf carts leave muddy tracks. This is during the driest May/June in years. There is still no course ranger or starters so don’t be surprised to see a bunker not raked or divot holes. Last week the first hole was missing its flag, and one of the tee markers was missing. There is no GPS on the carts and the flags do not have reflectors so getting a distance is difficult. Sprinkler heads are marked but its hit and miss and 150 is marked. Not worth the price. Only thing going for this course is lack of competition in the area. Side note, staff at the food counter was very helpful and friendly.

Reviewed August 09, 2011

I traveled from Virginia Beach and my brother came from St. Louis and played this due to the good reviews we had read. They started us out on the back nine. When we reached the 10th green, we almost went back to the club house to get our money back. I wish we had. These greens are absolutely ruined and unplayable. The practice green is fine and gives no indication that something might be wrong. The group in front of us picked up their balls when they reached the green and counted it as a two putt since it was impossible to get a straight roll. The greens are a combination of hard, lumpy dirt and spray painted sand. When we said something to the pro at the turn, he admitted that they cut the greens down too low and lost them. He then proudly stated that we should "wait until you get to #5, that's the worse". Really strange since I'm used to the club pro talking up their course. When my brother made the tee time, the condition of the course was greatly sugar coated and made to sound in decent shape. Since we were out of towners, we were not offered any sort of discount or refund. He said that if we lived nearby, he would give us 50% off our next round (roughly $26 discount). They could be pay me $26 and I wouldn't go back to this place. On a positive note, the girl behind the counter and the lady who runs the snack bar were very friendly.

Reviewed August 01, 2010

Every hole is scenic, the Zoysia fairways are in great shape, challenging but fair, not too many "blind" shots, nice electric carts, friendly staff, great practice area, and not crowded at 11-am EDT on Friday. However many of the greens apparently have some of what's been described to me elsewhere as a bent grass virus. They are not in good shape. Not consistent, lots of dead grass and they look like they're slow to recover from ball marks. They really should have posted a sign in the pro shop, or told me over the phone. Food took forever to fix, never got the fries, but it was really good.

Reviewed April 19, 2010

Wonderful Golf Course. Many different challenges. Par 5's make you think. They are definitely risk/reward holes. All the Par 3's have water. Many fairway bunkers.

The course is very well maintained. Green are smooth and fast. Fairways are good. Rough is playable.

Reviewed July 07, 2008

It's and amazing course to play. Like all the others said, it is very scenic and is just a great course. The holes are hard and it's fun to switch between the two back tees to fell for the angles and shot types.

Reviewed June 27, 2008

CALL and ask about course maintenance first.. that is, if they will tell you the truth. I asked before playing. Got there and they had aerated the greens. They would not give discounts even though greens were unplayable. Won't go back until owner fires and replaces the staff.

Reviewed May 15, 2008

Reviewed September 30, 2007

Played this course for the 3rd and 4th times - LOVE IT! The greens are difficult to get used to - figure out if you are with or against the grain! I recommend playing it from different sets of tees, makes it seem lik a completely different course. #18 is one of the loveliest holes I have ever seen! Take a camera!

Reviewed June 11, 2007

Very beautiful Course

This is one of the most scenic golf courses that I have ever played. All of the par 3's are very challenging and beautiful. This course is fairly difficult because of the sever elevation changes which makes it difficult to choose the correct club. The waterfall on the last hole is awesome and it really makes for a great backdrop. Pace of play is a little slow on the weekends but overall, this course is fantastic.

Reviewed June 24, 2006

Have played twice

Play was very slow. A lot of "groups" come to play this difficult course. Don't get in the bunkers! The sand is full of rocks that will damage your clubs. Man-made waterfall on last hole seems out-of-place and is noisy. Tough course to walk. Layout of holes is nice. It's the kind of course you have to play at least twice to learn what shots/clubs to hit and where to place your shots. Too bad the sand in the bunkers is way below the quality of course.

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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 Chris W. 17 83 66 07/17/09
2 Ken M. 7 79 72 08/04/11
3 Gene F. 9 82 73 07/30/11
4 John P. 19 94 75 06/08/08
5 Clay A. 10 85 75 06/20/09
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Sultan's Run Golf Club

Golf Only facility

90 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Chris Tretter, General Manager/Co-Owner
Jeff Howerton, PGA, Golf Professional
Brett Popp, Superintendent
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