By Josh Alsip on October 16, 2020
As our Indiana’s Fairway Drives series comes to an end, we are excited to wrap up with a Lafayette golf trip! Home to Purdue University, world-class golf, incredible outdoor adventures, and tasty wine and dining options, the Lafayette-West Lafayette area is so much more than just a college town. The community is rich with tradition and all of the beauty of a classic Midwestern destination.
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.
Initially designed by Robert Simmons, and then renovated by world-renowned golf course architect Tim Liddy, Battle Ground Golf Club resides on 160 acres that neighbor the natural beauty of Prophetstown State Park in Battleground, Indiana. This course features wide, bent grass fairways, sizable greens, thick rough, and strategically placed bunkers. Water comes into play on three holes on this course, and it requires the full attention of golfers as they make their way through. The open feel of the course provides a chance to recover from every shot. Battle Ground is designed to be playable for golfers of all skill levels.
The Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is located on the campus of Purdue University. The golf complex is the home to two 18-hole championship golf courses, the Kampen Course and the Ackerman-Allen Course, as well as a first-class golf training center. It hosted the 2008 NCAA Men’s and the 2003 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships.
The Kampen Course was designed by world-class golf architect Pete Dye and is an 18-hole, links-style, par 72 course featuring large bentgrass greens, fairways, and tees. Known as one of the most difficult golf courses in Indiana, the vast sand bunkers, native grasslands, ponds, and natural celery bog present a challenge for golfers of all abilities. The Kampen Course is rated as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and has been awarded 4.5 stars on Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.”
Also designed by Pete Dye, the Ackerman-Allen Course is a parkland-style, par 72 championship golf course featuring large bent grass greens, fairways, and tees. The rolling hills, tree-lined fairways, white sand bunkers, and minimal water hazards make this course challenging for golfers of all abilities. Each of these Purdue University courses offers a unique playing experience and challenge to golfers of all skill levels.
Play both the Kampen Course and the Ackerman-Allen Course, and you are well on your way to mastering Indiana’s Pete Dye Golf Trail Challenge. Play a total of seven participating courses in Indiana and receive an official Pete Dye Golf Trail pin flag and bragging rights for life! Referred to by many as the father of modern golf course architecture, Mr. Dye has left an indelible mark on the game of golf. The Pete Dye Golf Trail showcases the incredible collection of courses designed by the golf visionary and provides a combination of challenging experiences and unique Indiana destinations.
The Coyote Crossing Golf Club is a semi-private, parkland-style, award-winning golf course located in West Lafayette. This player-friendly course offers members a relaxed club experience that includes premium carts, a large practice area, and a restaurant with a full bar. This beautiful course features bentgrasses, wetlands, and forests. The multiple creek crossings offer a peaceful setting and lead you through the wildlife in the surrounding native prairies.
On your Lafayette golf trip, we recommend signing up for the Beyond the Vine Wine Tours, where you will be chauffeured around all day on a charming wine trail. The wine trail is completely planned out for you. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and sip your glass! Reservations can be made for a little as two guests, or you can reserve the entire luxury shuttle for your party or event.
If you are passionate about animals and the nature of the ecosystem, Wolf Park in Lafayette is a must-see! The park encompasses education, conservation, and research in its facility. Since 1972, they have studied wolves and other wild canids to learn more about their behavior and assist researchers in the wild. Visitors will learn about the importance of predators in the ecosystem and their cognition and behavior. There are various tours to embark upon, including the Follow the Pack Tour and Howl Night. If you are looking for a unique experience during your stay, you will find it here!
Between the world-class golf and exciting adventures, you need to eat. Lafayette and West Lafayette offer many delicious options. We highly recommend stopping into Teays River Brewing & Public House during your stay. This locally owned and operated brewery blends crisp beer and delicious food with a sense of community, making it the perfect destination for food enthusiasts and craft beer lovers alike. Before you order your meal, be sure to head into the taproom to try one of the many specialty craft beers on tap!
A trip to West Lafayette isn’t complete without a stop at Indiana’s first and oldest drive-in diner, Triple XXX Family Restaurant. This local favorite was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” on the Food Network. Come visit, take a step back in time like it’s 1929, and order a burger and an old-fashioned root beer at the drive-in. Located just steps away from the Purdue University campus, this vintage diner is a must-try!
There’s a lot to do in the area, so consider making your Lafayette golf trip a multi-day getaway! Plan to stay at the Homewood Suites Lafayette. Only five minutes from Purdue, these pet-friendly suites feature fully equipped kitchens and room to relax during your golf getaway. Book your stay here.