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6100 Nimtz Pkwy
South Bend, IN  46628-6111
United States
P: (574) 232-4653
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Blackthorn Course

18 hole regulation length course

Public golf course

72 par | 7,105 yards | 135 slope

75.2 rating | Bent grass

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Blackthorn Golf Course

The 18-hole "Blackthorn" course at the Blackthorn Golf Club facility in South Bend, Indiana features 7,105 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 75.2 and it has a slope rating of 135 on Bent grass. Designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA, the Blackthorn golf course opened in 1994. Tim Firestone, PGA manages the course as the Co-Owner.

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Time5am - 9pm
Price $0 - $500
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Reviewed September 01, 2013

What a dump, played better $20.00 courses, management is a joke, don't think I would come back here.

Reviewed September 26, 2010

This is a great track. The greens were outstanding and the condition of the course was all you can ask for. The only bad thing about this course was it is very pricey and the pro shop staff could use an attitude adjustment. I will play here again for sure, i loved it!!!!

Reviewed August 30, 2010

dont waste your time or money

Reviewed October 31, 2009

Reviewed June 16, 2009

Reviewed March 22, 2009

Understand this when you make the trip to Blackthorn, don't be on a budget. The course is overly priced compared to many of the other local South Bend courses. Though the amentities are outstanding, with two sets of grass tees on the driving range. There is also a fantastic short game area. If you like spending $7 on a bucket of balls, go for it. The course can be long and difficult, depending on the tee choice. The fairways are consistent while the greens are not. An infestation of poa-annua with bent grass greens make an inconsistent putting service as well as not being very pleasing to the eye. For the $60 + for a summer weekend rate, I would take the 10 minute drive west to Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course, which for a similar fee is FANTASTIC and worth every penny. There are many courses located within 15 miles of Blackthorn that are equally as nice and priced about $20 - $40 cheaper. Check out the other South Bend owned courses (Elbel, Erskine) which are more fun to play and less strenuous on the wallet.

Reviewed January 28, 2009

goat ranch !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed May 06, 2008

Very pretty course. A lot of fun, very playable holes. Not the most difficult of courses but a great time playing.

Reviewed February 18, 2008

Reviewed October 14, 2007

Beautiful course. Can match your game to several tee choices. Extremely well groomed even in late summer/early fall.Some of the greens are huge and quite challenging. Discount vouchers are available on line making this an outstanding value.

Reviewed May 11, 2007

Reviewed September 27, 2006

Reviewed September 03, 2006

Good but not great

For the money you are paying you should get lush fairways with well groomed greens, you get these two in a very sketchy way, the reason the course isnt maintained well enough, to just have a round that has drivable par 5's you must play from the blacks, because if you play any closer(greens or whites) you will surely shoot 10 shots better than normal.

Reviewed August 07, 2006

Has it all

This course will challenge the best golfer you know and still be playable by the average Joe. However Joe should expect to lose a few balls here. Great lay out and a good test, has a few birdie opportunities but several more chances bogey or worse. GPS on the carts is nice and the scenery is flawless.


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  • Latest Scores
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Rank Golfer Name Handicap Gross Net Date
1 P Z. 15 87 72 06/01/09
2 Chris J. N/A 72 72 06/18/11
3 Earl T. 18 92 74 05/13/11
4 Wes S. 20 94 74 08/10/07
5 Bob K. 25 99 74 06/19/08
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About Blackthorn

Blackthorn Golf Club

Golf Only facility

75 tees driving range

18 regulation holes

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Course Staff

Tim Firestone, PGA, Co-Owner
Ben Mesaros, Director of Golf
John Quickstad, Superintendent
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