By Josh Alsip on April 29, 2020
As the temperatures continue to rise and spring gives way to summer, golf is one activity you can still do while social distancing. We recommend you stay close to home, but encourage you to get out and hit the links on a warm sunny day. Below, you will find a list of 11 Indiana golf courses where you can safely hit the links.
Due to public health concerns, many of the courses that remain open have put thoughtful new operational procedures in place to ensure social distancing and personal safety. Courses may be operating under restricted hours or modified play. Be sure to consult with the course website or call directly for up to date information before you visit. Some of the implemented procedures include, but are not limited to:
• Requiring advance payment over the phone or online with a credit card.
• Removing ball washing stations.
• Limiting or prohibiting the use of golf carts.
• Eliminating the use of pencils and scorecards.
• Closing the clubhouse and/or pro shop along with all indoor activities.
• Raising the pin above the cup and prohibiting the touching of the pin flag.
• Requiring that players maintain 6 feet of social distance between companions at all times.
• Prohibiting the use of shared clubs or equipment.
Leaving home should be done responsibly. If you or someone you have come into contact with are experiencing symptoms, stay home and contact your local healthcare provider. Please use personal discretion before deciding to golf and limit groups to 2 or 4 participants while following course guidelines to help prevent the spread of the virus.
**Some courses throughout the state have closed as a precaution. Call ahead or check course websites for up to date information.
Phone Number: (765) 494-3139
The Ackerman-Allen Course is an 18-hole, parkland-style, championship Pete Dye classic on the grounds of Purdue University. The course features large bent-grass greens, fairways, and tees. Its layout provides golfers of all abilities with rolling hills, tree-lined fairways, and beautiful white sand, as well as providing five sets of tees ranging from 5,300 yards to 7,500 yards.
Phone Number: (765) 998-7651
The Walnut Creek/Club Run Complex in Marion features two excellent 18 hole courses that are great for golfers of all skill levels. Both courses feature woods, hills, water, and other enthralling elements. Walnut Creek is a typical 1970’s course design with long tees and large greens. The Club Run Course, completed in 1998, is relatively short but strategic. They like to say that this makes it a perfect shot maker’s design.
Phone Number: (812) 482-1009
Nestled in Southern Indiana, Sultan’s Run Golf Club used to be home to the world champion racing horse, Supreme Sultan. Over 224 rolling acres of woods, water, and wildlife make up the gorgeous venue. Sultan’s Run offers world-class playing surfaces with its green, fairways, and zoysia tee. The magnificent waterfall behind hole #18 is a perfect way to end a round of golf.
Phone Number: (317) 984-3837
Bear Slide Golf Club is a one-of-a-kind course that features two distinctly different experiences throughout its 18 holes. The front nine of this course is a Scottish links-style design with a par of 36. Bear Slide creek then meanders through the more traditional style back nine. Stunning elevation changes make this one of the more scenic courses in the state.
Phone Number: (765) 793-7888
Rivercrest Golf Club is found on the very western edge of Indiana in Covington. This picturesque 18 hole golf facility was designed and constructed by its current superintendent, Scott Boersma. Rivercrest Golf Club’s natural landscape is an oasis for the serious golfer. The ryegrass course stretches out to 6,589 yards at the long tee.
Phone Number: (574) 232-4653
South Bend is home to a top-notch 226-acre facility in Blackthorn Golf Club. The par 72, 7136-yard layout with four sets of tees offers a strategic test for golfers of all abilities. Broad fairways framed by 78 bunkers, wetlands, ponds, and native prairie grasses lead to subtly contoured and swept-up-tiered bent-grass greens.
Phone Number: (812) 294-1800
Champions Pointe is one of two Fuzzy Zoeller gems in Indiana. Carved through the gorgeous landscape of southern Indiana, this layout offers a new and exciting challenge from tee to green. Multiple lakes and strategically placed bunkers add to the beauty of the smooth greens. This course is a demanding yet fair test for every golfer.
Phone Number: 812-246-8880
The second Fuzzy Zoeller design in Indiana, Covered Bridge Golf Club is nestled on a gently rolling plain at the foot of Indiana’s famous Floyds Knobs. The 7068-yard circuit is highlighted by five lovely lakes snuggled along its 18 holes. Each hole at Covered Bridge is laid out to emphasize the natural beauty of the landscape and panorama.
Phone Number: (765) 458-7431
Harbor Links Golf Club is an 18-hole championship course designed by P.B. Dye, the son of legendary course architect Pete Dye. Located right on Brookville Lake, it’s hard to find a course with a more charming backdrop. Harbor Links is known for its utilization of the valley’s history, like employing the dry-stacked concrete slabs of old Indiana State Road 101 to fortify greenside banks and shoreline.
Phone Number: (219) 987-3611
Sandy Pines Golf Club is one of the best-kept secrets in Indiana. Many of the impressive characteristics of this course are similar to those found in North and South Carolina. Splendid greens and spectacular drainage coupled with a native Pine Barrens type topography makes Sandy Pines a fun experience. The most recent renovation added exciting ponds, bunkers, and bent grass fairways.
Phone Number: (260) 925-8184
Golfers know Bridgewater Golf Club for its abundance of wonderful water features. These can be cause for a fun challenge, with multiple creeks meandering around and large ponds that stress the importance of the fairway. In total, water comes into play on fifteen holes on eighteen holes!
For more golf courses in Indiana, click here. As a reminder, be sure to call ahead to the individual course to ensure you follow all COVID-19 protocols.