By Josh Alsip on August 12, 2020
Another favorite golf destination on Indiana’s Fairway Drives is Fort Wayne, located two hours northeast of Indianapolis. From an excellent children’s museum and connected trail system to a fantastic botanical conservatory and new riverfront park, you won’t run out fun on a Fort Wayne golf trip! Plus, it especially has you covered when it comes to golf. Canterbury Green Golf Course, Donald Ross Golf Club, and Cherry Hill Golf Club are perfect for golfers of every skill level.
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.
Located in a beautiful scenic setting, Canterbury Green Golf Course offers an executive par 59 golf course. With 13 par 3’s and 5 par 4’s, the golf course is appropriately challenging yet playable for golfers of any skill level. The course is comfortably walkable; however, they do offer golf cart rentals for your time on the course. Canterbury Green also announced their proud involvement with the PGA of America to provide golfers with access to the “experts in the business and game of golf.”
Another one of our favorite Fort Wayne courses is the Donald Ross Golf Club. Initially, the Donald Ross Golf Club was built in 1927 by its namesake and was a 9-hole course only. Then, in the ’70s, an additional nine was added to make it a regulation 18-hole course. The one and only Donald Ross transformed the American sports landscape in the first half of the century. Over 100 U.S. national championships have been played on his designs, and Fort Wayne is proud to have their very own course that was designed by the golf legend himself.
If you are looking to add a third course on your road trip to Fort Wayne, be sure to check out Cherry Hill Golf Club. Cherry Hill Golf Club is a must-stop during your Fairway Drives Road Trip. The beautiful scenery, combined with bent grass tees, fairways, and greens, provide golfers with the perfect, tranquil setting. This par 72 layout winds itself through one of Fort Wayne’s most exclusive neighborhoods.
You won’t have to choose when you spend a few days in Fort Wayne – just do it all! We are excited to share with you two favorite must-see stops while visiting. First on our list is the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Here you will find exhibitions of American fine and decorative art, including exhibitions exploring the cross-cultural connections between artworks and artists from diverse ethnic and national backgrounds. Are you road tripping with little ones who like to craft? Children will love diving into the Early Learning Center, a hands-on learning environment, as well as the Print and Drawing Center. Don’t forget to stop into the Paradigm Gallery shop where you will find original art and fine crafts of over 75 regional and national artists.
Our second must-see stop during your trip to Fort Wayne is the Riverfront Fort Wayne’s Promenade Park. This park, a new Midwest destination located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, features many interactive elements including a treetop canopy trail that stretches 560 feet from the historic Wells Street Bridge to the Harrison Street Bridge, offering a treetop view of the park, the river, and the scenic Fort Wayne skyline. In addition, visitors will find 4.2 amazing acres of fun, including an accessible playground, interactive water features, amphitheater, dining garden with an on-site restaurant, ping pong, foosball and cornhole tables, kayaking and boat rides.
Satisfy all of your tastes in Fort Wayne! Whether you are looking for something sweet or something fancy, you will find it here. One of our favorite spots Hoppy Gnome and Gnometown Brewing, focuses on using fresh ingredients in their kitchen as they create specialty tacos and other popular dishes. Their menu is always revolving around seafood, steak, and vegetarian options. This welcoming atmosphere is the perfect place to sip on a cold beer and relax after a long day out on the course.
We also recommend Ziffles Rib Bar for a lovely evening meal after a day full of fun in Fort Wayne. Ziffles is a family-owned, local favorite, and has been voted Fort Wayne’s best BBQ for 15 years straight! You will enjoy hand-cut fries, made from scratch pizzas, their delicious BBQ, $1 draft beers, and much more.
There’s a lot to do in the area, so consider making your Fort Wayne golf trip a multi-day getaway! Plan your Indiana Fairway Drive to Fort Wayne and stay at the Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grant Wayne Center.