The Pete Dye Course at French Lick is breathtaking, with 40-mile views from one of Southern Indiana’s highest points. The green fees are equally stunning: $350, plus $30 for a caddy.
The last four holes at Brickyard Crossing move from north to south and frequently into the wind, making for arguably the toughest finish in town. Smart decisions required.
THE STRAIGHT SHOOTER
In the middle of Fort Harrison State Park lies The Fort, a forested, hilly gem. Make sure your drive is accurate; there are no heroic recovery shots to be had from the thick woods.
Dye designed 36 holes at Eagle Creek Golf Club—two parkland courses that can be played for under $50 on a weekend. The Sycamore is shorter than the Pines, but hillier and with more hazards to nab errant shots.
Carmel’s Plum Creek is a less “Dye-abolical” test than some of his others in the area, with large greens and good bets for par if you miss them. A $59 weekend-morning rate isn’t cheap, but not out of line for the area.