Donald Ross Course at French Lick

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French Lick, Indiana | Donald Ross Course at French Lick

Architect: Donald Ross
Year: 1917

8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, Indiana 47432
(888) 936-9360

Course Access: Public

driving range nearby
motorized golf carts and caddies available
affiliated resort accommodations

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Recently restored to its original Donald Ross glory this course features wide fairways framed by native fescue grass and an exceptional set of greens that prove to the be the real challenge of the course.

Local Knowledge: have your hybrids or long irons warmed up because you’re going to need them on the par 3s.

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The Itinerant Golfer

Donald Ross Course at French Lick

The Donald Ross Course at French Lick is the original course associated with the French Lick Resort and opened in 1917. In 1924 the course played host to the PGA Championship and was won by the infamous golden era professional Walter Hagen. As often happens, changes were made to the course over the years and eventually many of the Donald Ross features had been removed. Fortunately in 2006 the course underwent a large scale restoration at the hands of Lee Schmidt that returned the golf course to its original glory. The primary changes included the restoration of the bunkers, the re-implementation of bunkers that had been grassed over and the planting of native fescue grasses in the corridors between the primary areas of play. When the project was finished it was considered a huge success. After we finished our morning game at the Pete Dye Course Corey, Keith and I packed up and made the 10 minute drive over to the Donald Ross Course for our afternoon game. After a quick sandwich at the bar we were off to the 1st tee to start. Standing on the 1st tee I immediately noticed the wide open expansive look of the course and the lack of any significant tree encroachment. Being from the east coast I forget sometimes that the midwest is not nearly as heavily wooded as back east. The photo below was taken from the 1st tee which is a 401 yard par 4.     Here we have a… More >