Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Indiana



The Ross Course at French Lick celebrates 100 years in 2017. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
An hour from Louisville is the Tom Fazio-designed Belterra, part of a casino resort. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort is difficult, alright, but it's also incredibly beautiful. (Courtesy of French Lick Resort)
Purgatory Golf Club near Indianapolis was a real hidden gem, and it photographs well, too, as evidenced by this shot taken by one of the course's co-owners. (Courtesy of Tenna Merchent/Purgatory G.C.)

There may be no better state for golf in the entire country than the Hoosier State, at least according to 2016 reviews on Golf Advisor. The home of Pete Dye scored five courses in the U.S. Top 50, an impressive feat given its size and largely lesser-known courses compared to other top destinations.

What makes Indiana golf so great? The best courses earned exceptional marks for staff friendliness and value. It also helps to have the Dye family attached to so many course designs, too. Casino and resort properties factor into the list, as well as some top courses around Indianapolis, plus more rural and southern Indiana areas closer to Louisville.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Indiana in 2016

Course layout: Glendarin Hills Golf Club
Course conditions: Glendarin Hills Golf Club
Value: Royal Hylands Golf Club
Off-course amenities: Belterra Golf Club
Pace of play: West Chase Golf Club
Staff friendliness: Glendarin Hills Golf Club

Top 25 golf courses in Indiana in 2016

25. Tippecanoe Country Club

Monticello

24. Meadow Valley Golf Club

Middlebury

23. Bear Slide Golf Club

Cicero

22. West Chase Golf Club

Brownsburg

21. Covered Bridge Golf Club

Sellersburg

20. Country Oaks Golf Club

Montgomery

19 Deer Track Golf Club

Frankfort

18. Greensburg Country Club

Greensburg

17. The Fort Golf Course

Indianapolis

16. Battle Ground Golf Course

Battle Ground

15. Mystic Hills Golf Course

Culver

14. Stonehenge Golf Club

Winona Lake

13. Coyote Crossing Golf Course

West Lafayette

12. Dye Course at The Legends Golf Club

Franklin

11. Noble Hawk Golf Links

Kendallsville

10. Purgatory Golf Club

Noblesville

9. The Trophy Club

Lebanon
No. 16 course layout in the U.S. in 2016

8. Kampen Course at Birch Boilermaker Complex

West Lafayette

7. Ross Course at French Lick Resort

French Lick

6. Belterra Golf Club

Florence

5. Harbor Links at Sagamore Resort

Liberty
No. 37 in the U.S. in 2016

4. Royal Hylands Golf Club

Knightstown
No. 24 in the U.S. in 2016

3. Dye Course at French Lick Resort

French Lick
No. 23 in the U.S. in 2016

2. Chariot Run Golf Club

Laconia
No. 20 in the U.S. in 2016

1. Glendarin Hills Golf Club

Angola
No. 9 in the U.S. in 2016

Feb 28, 2017

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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.


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