By Josh Alsip on September 17, 2020
The west side of Indianapolis is home to the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and several unique golf courses designed by world-renowned golf architect Pete Dye. This week’s Indiana’s Fairway Drive is perfect for the avid golfer and passionate race fan. Whether you are hitting the greens, exploring the Speedway, or trying delicious foods, there is a lot of fun to be had on an Indy golf trip!
Visit Indiana Golf has mapped out road trips around the state of Indiana for you to enjoy the game of golf, eat delicious food, and make unforgettable memories! 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. Click here to see all 9 of Indiana’s Fairway Drives.
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.
Only Indianapolis could combine the grandeur and excitement of auto racing with the serene, natural beauty of a championship golf course. Designed by Pete Dye, Brickyard Crossing is a uniquely elite golf course that includes a four-hole stretch inside the legendary, century-old Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Brickyard utilizes Dye’s signature railroad ties as well as large slabs of concrete along creek beds. Additionally, the Brickyard Crossing is one of only a few venues in the country to host PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour events. This course is easily one of the most thrilling courses to play in Indy.
Eagle Creek Golf Club is a premier public course, offering 36 holes of Pete Dye designed championship golf. The course encompasses the natural beauty of the area that includes wetlands, animal habitats, and rolling terrain. Eagle Creek Golf Club consists of two scenic courses, The Pines Course and the Sycamore Course. The Pines Course is friendly to golfers of all skill levels as it mixes a long and challenging front-nine with a more player-friendly back-nine. The Sycamore course will challenge your every shot. It blends a mixture of hilly terrain, tree-lined fairways, and water holes with a more traditional links-style.
Oak Tree Golf Course is a destination on the rise once again just west of Indianapolis in Plainfield. With a new management team determined to bring out the very best in the course and just a short 10-minute drive from the Indianapolis International Airport, Oak Tree Golf Course is a must-play. The course opened in 1962 with only a Pete Dye-designed front nine. Then in 1992, the back nine was added, and the course continues to be a popular spot among locals. Complete with a full-service pro shop and driving range, this 18-hole championship layout is one of the finest on Indy’s west side.
During your Indy golf trip we recommend exploring the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Located within the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, the IMS Museum collection encompasses automobiles and artifacts representing more than a century of Indianapolis 500 culture, drama, and competition, plus vehicles representing NASCAR, Formula One, American short-track racing, drag racing, and motorcycles.
Only a couple blocks from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway Indoor Karting is a world-class indoor karting facility that gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience racing. Drivers can race on both a European style, multi-level track as well as a banked oval. With a personalized, hands-on approach, visitors will quickly become acclimated to the karting equipment through easy coaching and guidance from the experienced staff.
Located in northwest Marion County, Eagle Creek Park accounts for 1,400 acres of water and 3,900 acres of land, making it one of the largest city parks in the country. The reservoir, of course, is the centerpiece of the park and the main attraction during the summer months, luring guests to the water for boating, fishing, kayaking, sailing, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Eagle Creek Outfitters rents watercraft (in addition to hybrid mountain bikes) and provides all the equipment you need for lake adventures by the hour on a first-come, first-served basis.
Indianapolis is not only known for its history in racing and pristine golf, but it is also known for having a wide variety of delicious eats! While you are in town, we recommend stopping into the Mug-n-Bun. This vintage drive-in is known for its classic root beer and tasty burgers with all the fixings. For nearly 50 years, Mug-n-Bun has been a local favorite, serving up fine food on Indy’s west side.
Another great spot for dinner is BBQ and Bourbon on Main. This local, family-owned and operated restaurant and bar offers some of the finest barbecues in Indy! All of its barbecue is smoked in the house on a one-of-a-kind smoker, using all-natural woods. Come enjoy this amazing Memphis style, homemade BBQ, and one of their signature whiskey cocktails on your Indy golf trip!
They literally don’t make them like this anymore. Oasis Diner is one of only five historical diners to remain on US 40 from Illinois to Maryland. This throwback restaurant features delicious hand-crafted sodas one of the best tenderloins in the entire state. Whether you want to cool off from a round of golf or get a dose of history, Oasis Diner is the spot for you.
There’s a lot to do on the west side of Indianapolis, so consider making your Indy golf trip a multi-day getaway! Stay at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Airport/Plainfield, a newly renovated Indy hotel with fully equipped kitchens in every suite.