Wednesday, April 14, 2010

2010 Season is Here!

The 2010 golf season is underway in Indiana, and since spring break the weather has been incredible. Indiana Golf blog is ready, and for this season we've picked up a Flip UltraHD so we can make some video posts of our favorite courses and personalities. We can't wait to get started, look for our first course review of the season coming next week.

Plans for the year include a video post from all five of the top courses from last season. We also plan to visit courses that offer incredible mid week prices or twilight rates. We'll compile a top five list for value and deals. Also this year, we will be providing some instructional and game improvement posts. Stay with us, we look forward to a great golf season!


Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

Prarie View Golf Club

Posted by PicasaHere's a picture from the tee of my favorite golf hole at Prarie View Golf Club. It's a medium length par 3 over this thistle and brush, beautiful hole!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Top 2 Public Courses in Indy

It's a stretch to come up with golf content during January and February in Indiana. We're making some preparations for March and some new video blogs will be on the way! Now let's wrap up our Top 5 with the best two public courses we played last year. Without further ado...

Number 2 - Brickyard Crossing, Speedway, IN
What a great golf course! The Brickyard is a fantastic Pete Dye design and is built around the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway, with four holes INSIDE the track itself! Conditions are really good here, fairways and greens are bent grass and well maintained. The fairways are lined with medium but healthy rough and great mounds, bunkers, and trees in the traditional Pete Dye look and feel. Overall, we found the course to play fairly easy from the back tees. The greens and fairways are most are very large, so lower handicappers can easily avoid the hazards. There are plenty of choices for tee boxes, so the course plays more like a resort catering to all levels of players. The Brickyard used to host a Senior Tour event, which speaks to the quality of facility there. We really enjoyed the round, and found ourselves enamored with both the course design and the surrounding. Great golfing experience, we'll say it's a must play in Indianapolis!

Number 1 - Prarie View Golf Club, Carmel, IN
This golf course rivals all the clubs in the State of Indiana, both public and private! What a great golf course, which is designed by Robert Trent Jones, and we had a wonderful public golfing experience. Upon arrival, we felt like members of an exclusive club. The clubhouse is simple but large and well designed, offering a quick check in, friendly staff, and some delicious food. The real gemstone is the course itself! Conditions are impeccable, the turfgrass is so healthy and nice - they ask you to drive in the fairway, not the rough! Each hole has wonderful character, and the course overall is a great test of every facet of one's game. Prarie View strikes the perfect balance of long and short holes, wide and narrow targets,left and right doglegs, as well as tree lined holes and links style holes. The piece of property is really unbelievable for Central Indiana. The course winds over small hills and through a creek valley, offering well placed bunkers, greens, and contours - all while maintaining a terrific flow with the terrain already there. The par 3's are beautiful and challenging, the par 5's are a mix of reachable and 3 shot holes, and the par 4's will give every club in the bag a workout. Overall, this was the best golfing experience we had during 2009, and we can't wait to play it again in 2010! This is THE BEST golf course in the Indianapolis area!

We're looking forward to checking out some new venues this season! Look for video blogging this year, we want to give some visuals of our favorite courses, holes, and shots in 2010! See you on the first tee!
Collin Hedegard
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Top 5 Courses in Indianapolis

To wrap up the 2009 golf season we're going to share our take on the Top 5 Indianapolis (and suburbs) courses we played during the year. Here is a brief summary of the experience at each facility and some commentary about the course. Without further delay, here's the countdown of our Top 5:

5. The Legends of Indiana, Franklin, IN - About a half hour south of Indy, this 27 hole facility provided a great golf experience. We played the Middle and Road courses which is the original 18 hole course before the Creek 9 was added. It's a links style layout with very few trees, good contour and mounding, and very fast and well protected greens. We played the course in the late summer, which yielded a fairly dry and fast surface. Though most of the par 4's were reached with wedges and short irons, we found the course challenging and fair. The par 3's are visually stimulating and very challenging. Overall, the experience was great: practice facility is generous and large, staff is friendly and helpful, clubhouse and carts are comfortable and new, and the price is very fair.

4. The Fort (Fort Harrison), Indianapolis, IN - Located on the near North Side of Indianapolis just off of 56th St., The Fort is laid out over an incredible tract of land. Rolling hills, creeks, a large valley, and dense woods dominate the landscape. The course was renovated by Pete Dye and personally I enjoy his architectural touches blended with a traditional tree lined course. Bent grass fairways and greens were healthy and fast. We found the par 5's to be slightly short and disappointing, but overall the course is really fantastic for a mid price public layout ($40-$60). The clubhouse design, bag drop, and practice facility are pretty inconvenient. The course itself is really challenging, fun to play, and provides some stunning views.

3. The Links at Heartland Crossing, Camby, IN - This newer golf course is located on the Southwest side of Indianapolis. This Links style course has a nice blend of long and short holes, tight and open holes, as well as doglegs and unique holes. This was a well designed experience and we used nearly every club in the bag while crafting our way around this great layout. The highlight of this place is definitely the bunkers! The sand is smooth, but there is an incredible number of deep and enormous bunkers framing the fairways and surrounding the greens. Practice you long bunker shots if your long game is off at all, as you'll likely have more than a few tough shots from these hazards. The overall experience is top notch: smooth operation all around, fast pace of play, and a great golfing challenge for all skill levels!

Come back tomorrow for the Top 2!  I know you won't be golfing in Indiana - Freezing rain, 40 degrees, and 30 mph wind!

Collin Hedegard

Sunday, December 6, 2009

2009 Wrap Up

Sad days for Indiana's golfers. The long, arduous winter has finally come and it's time to store the sticks in the garage (not the trunk!). Any golf that takes place will undoubtedly be planned the moment the ten day forecast calls for forty degrees, so there will be plenty of time to dust them off!

Over these football and hoop filled winter months we'll be reviewing some of the fantastic Indiana courses we played in 2009. Additionally, we want to start planning some golf adventures for 2010! So, stay tuned in for regular updates, reviews, and news!

Upcoming reviews will include The Legends of Indiana and The Links at Heartland Crossing. Two courses where our group of reviewers wrapped up the season. Both are semi-private courses within a half hour drive of Downtown Indianapolis and in the $40-$60 range. We really enjoyed both courses and want to share our experiences. Hope you enjoy the format!

Hang in there! Spring will come!