West Baden Springs Hotel Among Top 125 Golf Resorts

by Condé Nast Traveler


Renovated historic hotel combines with award winning Pete Dye course

to create one of the America’s top golf vacation destinations


FRENCH LICK, IN– Condé Nast Traveler has selected the West Baden Springs Hotel at French Lick Resort in southern Indiana among the Top 125 Golf Resorts in the United States and beyond. West Baden, which was ranked No. 2 among the Top 10 Northern U.S. Golf Resorts, was the only resort in Indiana recognized.


The Top 125 Golf Resorts in Condé Nast Traveler, published in the April 2011 issue, provides travelers with a best of guide to the top destinations across the country, as selected by thousands of readers who vote on overall lodging, dining, service and of course, golf amenities. Stretching from Scottsdale to St. Andrews, the list includes the world’s best places to stay and play for both the avid and casual golfer.


This latest national recognition for West Baden combined with the spectacular award winning Pete Dye golf course further solidifies French Lick Resort as one of the premier luxury golf destinations in the country. West Baden joined other elite golf resort destinations in the north including Stowe Mountain Lodge (Vermont), American Club (Wisconsin), Grand Hotel (Michigan), Inn at Bay Harbor  (Michigan), and Grand View Lodge (Minnesota) to name a few.


“We are very excited about the combination of West Baden, with its luxurious amenities and national recognition together with the highly acclaimed Pete Dye golf course,” explained Dave Harner, director of golf at French Lick Resort. “It is also an honor and a tribute to the vision of our owners that we are recognized by the top travelers of Condé Nast to be among the elite resort destinations in the United States and beyond.”


Originally built in 1902, the West Baden Springs Hotel re-opened in May 2007 following a meticulous restoration. Nearly $100 million was spent in an effort that maintained the historic integrity of the building but upgraded its amenities to that of a four-star property.


West Baden is a part of the French Lick Resort, which as a whole has undergone a $500 million restoration and development project. In one of the largest such private projects in the U.S., the owners saved two turn-of-the-century grand hotels, added a casino and new golf course, thus bringing resort life back to Indiana. The National Trust has also recognized their work for Historic Preservation.