By Josh Alsip on August 4, 2020
An Indianapolis golf trip is like a getaway to several destinations because each area has its own story to share. Golf excursions are all about relaxation with just a touch of excitement and there are several courses throughout the city where golfers of all skill levels can play. For the first of Indiana’s Fairway Drives, we are recommending Morning Star Golf Club, Whispering Hills Golf Course, and Links Golf Club.
Visit Indiana Golf is mapping out road trips around the state of Indiana for you to enjoy the game of golf, eat delicious food, and make unforgettable memories! For the next several weeks we will be sharing a number of suggested memorable Indiana golf trips. Known as Indiana’s Fairway Drives, each trip is a perfect getaway for golfers of any skill level who are looking for a new adventure.
Travel is permitted, and golfing is great for mental and physical health, but it is still best to practice social distancing as we continue to fight COVID-19. Not every single Indiana business is choosing to be open right now, so call ahead or check their social media accounts before visiting. Please take precautions, plan ahead, and follow CDC and local guidelines.
Established in 1991, Morningstar Golf Club is a public 18-hole golf course located on the east side of Indianapolis. Morningstar is known for having some of the most challenging greens in Indiana. This course is also a great option for new golfers who may be looking to learn. With five sets of tees on each hole, the course has proven to be enjoyable for all skill levels, and yet the bunkers, water hazards, and narrow fairways will leave even the most experienced golfer excited to try the hole.
Next on the Indianapolis Fairway Drive is Whispering Hills Golf Course. Located just east of downtown Indy, this 9-hole course features 2,841 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 34. Built in 1995, Whispering Hills’ tree-lined fairways, well-bunkered greens, and water hazards challenge players with various shot placements. The course has large greens, sand traps on nearly every hole, elevated tees and greens, and water on six holes. The scenic layout of Indiana rolling hills, mounds, and lakes in a river valley is truly a serene sight to see. This course is also just five minute’s drive from Morningstar for those that want to play 27 holes on the same day.
The third course is Links Golf Club, located in New Palestine, Indiana. The Links Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course rated “3 Stars” by Golf Digest that delivers to every level of golfer. The course covers 48 acres with ponds or creeks coming into play on 6 of the holes. Along with the 18-hole golf course are a driving range and practice facilities that include a practice putting green and practice chipping area.
In addition to golf, you will find that there are many unique activities located throughout the Indy area. Whether you are looking for family fun, unique shopping, or delicious eats, there is something new around every corner, all within a short distance. While you are visiting, we recommend stopping by Black Acre Brewing Co’s Garden location. The Garden in the Irvington neighborhood is pet and family-friendly, features a beautiful outdoor beer garden, as well as indoor seating and a kitchen. This is the perfect spot to grab a bite and sip on a cold beer after a long day on the golf course.
Another cool spot to check out while you are in town is the Indianapolis Speedrome. This speedway is home to the World Figure 8 race, as well as other stock-car, bike and go-kart competitions. Be sure to check their racing schedule while you are planning your itinerary. You will not want to miss this super-fast fun!
Indy is also known for having a wide variety of choices when it comes to dining. There is something for every taste bud! After a day on the course or before the big race, we highly recommend grabbing dinner at Jockamo’s Upper Crust Pizza. Located in the Irvington neighborhood on Indianapolis’ east side, Jockamo’s is unique and offers some of the most delicious hand-crafted pizza pies. Sit outside on their patio for a relaxing socially distanced environment. May we suggest the Cheese Louise with a side Greek salad?
Another great dinner spot is The Mug Drive-In in Greenfield. The Mug is a non-traditional drive-in restaurant and serves up delicious meals that are locally sourced. The Mug serves fast-casual burgers, hot dogs, specialty sandwiches like The Cuban and pork tenderloin, fresh-cut fries, root beer, ice cream, and more. Most of the meat served at The Mug comes directly from the Tyner Pond Farm in Greenfield.
There’s a lot to do in the Indianapolis area, so consider making your road trip a multi-day getaway! Stay at the Indianapolis Marriott East and plan on playing all 45 holes on this Indianapolis golf trip.