By Josh Alsip on October 2, 2020
This week’s fairway drive is taking you for a Northern Indiana golf trip! Whether you are looking for a peaceful getaway or an exciting adventure, you will find it here. Northwest Indiana boasts some of Indiana’s most premier golf courses, as well as entertaining outdoor recreation. Home to Indiana’s only National Park, the northern part of the state offers everything from soaring sand dunes to lakeside relaxation and rugged hiking. You can also learn all about sustainable farming and enjoy farm-to-table fare at Fair Oaks Farms.
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.
Located just off Lake George’s shores in Hammond resides Lost Marsh Golf Course, a true golfer’s paradise. This 18-hole course is in pristine condition and features lush fairways and fast, true greens. Due to Chicago’s close location, golfers can look forward to a dazzling view of the city skyline during their round. Lost Marsh Golf Course is a mix of links and parkland style designs and offers a fun, unique challenge for experienced players, while still allowing new golfers to fall in love with the game.
This challenging course has many impressive characteristics similar to those you would see in the Carolinas. Sandy Pines Golf Club offers impressive greens and spectacular drainage coupled with a native Pine Barrens type typography. As the course was renovated back in 2004, the layout now features added ponds, bunkers, and bent grass fairways and tees. This course proves to be a fun play for golfers of any skill level. Sandy Pines is a favorite among the locals and a true hidden gem in Northwest Indiana.
White Hawk Country Club is a 36-hole facility and features four beautiful nines that present a fun and unique golfing experience at every turn. Known as one of the most premier courses in Northwest Indiana, White Hawk Country Club is beautifully carved out of 600 acres and surrounded by peaceful scenery that includes forests, prairies, streams, and wetlands.
While you are on your Northern Indiana golf trip, we recommend visiting Indiana Dunes National Park. This Indiana treasure spans more than 15,000 acres of dunes, beaches, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, and forests. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beaches, the national park has something for everyone. Hikers will enjoy 50 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, winding rivers, and peaceful forests.
After a long day out on the course or just for fun on a sunny afternoon, be sure to check out the South Shore Brewery Trail. The tap never runs dry along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. Come and find your favorite ale, stout or lager and dive into full-bodied beers, a hoppy IPA, or a fruity and flavorful seasonal brew. The South Shore also offers brew tours so you can ditch your keys and enjoy the trail with a group on a limo or party bus.
Up Your Alley, located in Schererville, is a new approach to entertainment! Focused on offering an activity for all ages, there are bowling lanes, food, a full bar, live entertainment, laser tag, ax throwing, an entire arcade, and the opportunity to finally have something to do with friends, loved ones, and family any time during the week in Northwest Indiana.
Northwest Indiana serves up some delicious eats, and today we are recommending Docs Smokehouse & Craft Bar. In keeping with Southern tradition, they smoke their meats exclusively with hickory and bring a truly authentic Southern BBQ to the state of Indiana! Their daily slow-cooked and smoked meats are a must-try as they will melt in your mouth. Wash down your tasty meal with a handcrafted cocktail or glass of wine. Whiskey flights are also available.
From grab-and-go sandwiches to a fine dining experience, Fair Oaks Farms has fresh options for everyone. Fresh dishes at the Farmhouse Restaurant are created from locally grown ingredients and harvested right at Fair Oaks and other farms located in the region. From their farm straight to your fork, The Farmhouse Restaurant provides delicious and savory meals that will satisfy every palette. And don’t skip dessert. The ice cream at Fair Oaks is a can’t miss!
There’s a lot to do, so consider making your Northern Indiana golf trip a multi-day getaway! Plan your Fairway Drive to Northern Indiana and stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott at Fair Oaks Farms. This one-of-a-kind hotel is located between Chicago and Indianapolis. Designed as a beautiful contemporary barn, the hotel is filled with custom art and upgrades celebrating the American countryside. While you’re staying at the Farm, look forward to exploring the country with outdoor fun, food, and reconnecting with nature and animals. Book your overnight stay here.