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Nowhere else in the world can you play courses designed by Pete Dye and Donald Ross together at one resort. The rolling hills of southern Indiana provide a beautiful yet challenging experience with two championship courses, plus the 9-hole Valley Links Course.

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The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Open starting March 29

Sketched on a napkin and carved into history by Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye, this course hosted the Senior PGA Championship in 2015. Senior PGA champion Colin Montgomerie called it "one of the iconic courses" in America and one that golfers all over the world will want to play. This championship golf course on one of Indiana's most dramatic elevation points has narrow, immaculate fairways and rugged, intense terrain. The Pete Dye Course has gained national acclaim for its 40-mile panoramic views of the southern Indiana countryside, three man-made lakes, "volcano" bunkers and a variety of elevation changes. A robust 8,100 yards from the professional tees punctuate Dye's signature sting from vista to vista.

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Golf Shop Saturdays • 10am - 4pm

The golf shop at The Pete Dye Course carries the finest in men's and women's golf apparel, headwear and accessories. Check out selections from Peter Millar, johnnie-O and other popular brands. The Pete Dye golf shop also carries PRG accessories as well as club covers with the famous Pete Dye Course sketch on a napkin.

Contact The Pete Dye Golf Shop: (812) 936-8062

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The Mansion at Pete Dye

Built in 1928, The Mansion at The Pete Dye Course captures the essence of the Roaring Twenties. The mansion was built by Thomas Taggart, the former owner of French Lick Springs Hotel, for his son Thomas D. Taggart and his family.

Lunch at The Mansion at The Pete Dye Course

Savor a sandwich and cocktail while overlooking the breathtaking course carved into the hills of southern Indiana by legendary course designer Pete Dye. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Exclusively for golfers with a tee time at The Pete Dye Course.

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Directions to the Pete Dye Course

From French Lick Springs Hotel Main Entrance

  • Turn LEFT onto West State Road 56
  • Take first LEFT and turn onto Monon Drive
  • Monon Drive becomes North County Pike Rd
  • The Pete Dye Course is on your RIGHT

From West Baden Springs Hotel Main Entrance

  • Turn RIGHT on West State Road 56
  • Turn RIGHT onto Monon Drive
  • Monon Drive becomes North County Pike Rd
  • The Pete Dye Course is on your RIGHT

Or relax and let us get you to the course! French Lick Resort shuttles run from both hotels to the three golf courses, casino, stables and all around the property.

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The Making of the Pete Dye Course

Golf was an important part of the history of both French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs Hotels. When the two historic hotels joined to form French Lick Resort, it was obvious golf would continue to play an integral role in the success of the property.

The Cook Group, owners of the resort since 2005, set out to establish a historical and a world-class golf destination. To do this, an expansion of the existing golf operation was a must. After considering several well-known golf course architects, they decided Indiana's own legend, Pete Dye, was the designer for the job. Considered by many as the world's top modern-day architect, Dye walked the proposed Mt. Airie site and concluded there was no way to build a golf course on that land. The slopes were too severe and the terrain too rugged. Thankfully, he changed his mind — and the rest is sketched on a napkin and carved into history.

Discover all the challenges and opportunities Dye experienced while he built his course on one of Indiana's most dramatic elevation points, and hear him explain why this course is special and memorable for those who play it.

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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Open starting March 15

The Donald Ross Course allows golfers to step back in time and experience the game the way it was meant to be played. Built in 1917, this award-winning course designed by renowned architect Donald Ross maintains nearly all the classic elements of its original design. Among the trademark Ross features are 80 deep-faced bunkers that can challenge even the expert. The severely undulating greens were, and still are, some of the most radically shaped and contoured in golf. A 2006 restoration ensured the integrity of this classic layout remained intact. This par-70 course has been rated the No. 2 public course in Indiana by Golfweek every year since 2011. The course will be closed for the season beginning Monday, November 27.

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Golf Shop Open starting March 15

The golf shop at The Donald Ross Course at French Lick is located at Hagen’s Club House and carries the finest in name-brand golf apparel and equipment. Find men’s apparel from William Murray, Straight Down, Puma and FootJoy. Hagen's golf shop also carries a full line of apparel from preferred brands in women's golf. 

Contact The Donald Ross Golf Shop: (812) 936-5523

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Hagen's Club House Restaurant

Enjoy clubhouse dining with a panoramic view of the spectacular Donald Ross Course at French Lick. Hagen’s features a diverse menu including steaks, seafood, salads, burgers, and of course, Hagen's signature BBQ ribs. The restaurant is named for legendary golfer Walter Hagen, who won the 1924 PGA Championship at this course.

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Directions to the Donald Ross Course

From French Lick Springs Hotel Main Entrance

  • Turn RIGHT onto West State Road 56
  • Proceed on State Rd 56 for 2.5 miles
  • The Donald Ross Course is on your RIGHT

From West Baden Springs Hotel Main Entrance

  • Turn RIGHT onto West State Road 56
  • Proceed on State Rd 56 for 4 miles
  • The Donald Ross Course is on your RIGHT

Or relax and let us get you to the course! French Lick Resort shuttles run from both hotels to the three golf courses, casino, stables and all around the property.

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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort Celebrates more than 100 Years!

It was 1917 when golfers played with hickory sticks, Bobby Jones was a young amateur in the sport, and renowned designer Donald Ross had created a stunning new course in Indiana.

"The Hill Course," as it was originally known, was designed by Donald James Ross in 1917. Just seven years later in 1924, the course hosted the PGA Championship won by Walter Hagen. He beat Englishman James Barnes on the 36th and final hole of the two-round tournament and walked away with the grand prize of $6,830. The course has hosted LPGA championships and Senior PGA events in the years since.

Ross, an expert greenskeeper and club maker, is credited with laying the groundwork for the American golf industry. His architectural firm, Donald J. Ross and Associates, designed and redesigned 400 courses throughout North America between the early 1900s and the late 1940s. Ross is one of the few golf course architects to be admitted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. As a testament to his architectural brilliance, Donald Ross course designs account for 11 of Golf Digest's 100 Greatest Courses in the United States. After a $5 million dollar restoration effort in 2005, the Hill Course was renamed The Donald Ross Course at French Lick.

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The Valley Links Course at French Lick December - February • 10am - 5pm

The Valley Links Course is a nine-hole, fully walkable conversion of the 18-hole Tom Bendelow design that was original to French Lick Springs Hotel. This par-36 course maintains the park-like atmosphere of the Bendelow course with rolling fairways, Scottish-style fescue grasses and strategically placed bunkers. Experienced golfers are certain to take notice of the championship tee length of nearly 3,500 yards.

Valley Links gives golfers of all skill levels and ages a fun and challenging place to play, and was redesigned with families in mind. Designed specifically for children and beginners, French Lick Resort partnered with U.S. Kids Golf, the premier junior golf company in the country, to develop a family golf course. The second of its kind in Indiana, there are two sets of tee markers: Level 1 measures 1,100 yards and the yellow tees measure 1,900 yards. The course also includes two par-3s, five par-4s and two par-5s to provide a fun challenge to juniors and beginners alike.

Free for kids 12 and younger. For tee times and special group rates, call (812) 936-8042

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Golf Shop December - February • 10am - 5pm

The Valley Links Golf Shop is located just up the hill from the Exhibition Hall and the Green Lot, and carries a wide variety of name brand golf apparel and equipment. Featuring Adidas, Ashworth and Bobby Jones as well as private label merchandise from French Lick Resort. As a Callaway Select Fit destination, we are able to custom fit the entire line of Callaway golf equipment. We also stock a complete line of Odyssey and Scotty Cameron putters.

Contact the Valley Links Golf Shop: (812) 936-8042

Please note: The golf shop will be closed January 22.
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Golf Academy and Lessons

The French Lick Resort Golf Academy is available by appointment to provide the best instruction for golfers looking to improve all aspects of their game, while lowering their handicap. Our staff of experienced teaching professionals will provide game-improving instruction to all levels of golfers. The Golf Academy also offers full swing and short game analysis along with state-of-the-art video swing analysis and custom club fitting. The Golf Academy is three days and includes individual instruction and a 4-to-1 student to professional ratio.

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Callaway Golf Fitting Studio

The Valley Links reputation as a top fitter in the state has been earned by endless effort to improve our fitting environment and technology complemented by certified fitters who are trained by premier golf manufactures in the country. As a result, the Valley Links offers the most precise custom-fitting experience in Indiana. Our award-winning fitting process is proven to ensure you get the proper clubs to fit your game.

Our fitters will analyze your swing, identify how the golf ball responds off the club face by measuring ball speed, launch angle, spin and dispersion. By having the best technology in the world, our fitters are able to fit you into the proper length, lie, loft, shaft and club head. See one of our professionals to determine which level of fitting best suits your game.

Call our golf professionals today to schedule a one-on-one appointment. (812) 936-8042

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History

The Valley Links course was commissioned in 1907 by Thomas Taggart as one of his many improvements to French Lick Springs Hotel. Taggart hired storied course designer Tom Bendelow to design the first championship golf course at the hotel in 1907. At the time, it was known as The Valley Course and had eighteen holes. Later, after French Lick Springs Hotel was purchased by the COOK Group, Incorporated, The Valley Course was redesigned, through a partnership with US Kids Golf, into the family-friendly nine-hole course that exists today.

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Junior Golf

Kids are always welcome at The Valley Links Course, and this is the perfect course to teach your children to love the game. With six sets of tee markers, children can compete with mom and dad from youth-friendly yardage. When playing with an adult, kids 12 and younger receive complimentary play and ages 13-17 play for half price. Bring the entire crew for a great day of golf at our family-friendly course.

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Course Description

Sultan’s Run adds yet another Championship Course to the wonderful offerings at French Lick Resort. Play the Ross, Dye and Sultan's Run, all part of a great golf getaway to French Lick Resort!

Sultan’s Run is designed by Pete Dye disciple Tim Liddy and offers a tremendous parkland layout with rolling hills, wonderful bunkering and a waterfall behind the 18th green, making it one of Indiana’s most scenic layouts.

It’s worth spending an extra night to experience Sultan's Run located in Jasper, Indiana only 30 minutes away!

For more information, please call (812) 482-1009.

*Resort credits are not applicable at Sultan’s Run and Sultan's Run charges DO NOT qualify for French Lick Rewards.

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Practice Facilities

Sultan's Run Golf Club offers a full-scale practice facility including a putting green.

Sultan's Bar & Grill

The bar & grill is the perfect way to end your round at Sultan's Run. Unwind with your favorite beverage from the fully stocked bar while you relax enjoying the natural surroundings. The bar & grill is open daily.