The Hoosierist: Playing Through

Trying to figure out which of Indianapolis’ bevy of golf courses is the right one for you can be overwhelming, at least before you ask the Hoosierist.
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Q: Private golf outfits like Crooked Stick are challenging. Are any public greens at the same level?

A: Your best bet is likely the two 18-hole layouts at Eagle Creek Golf Club, both of which were revamped by legendary course designer Pete Dye a few years back and earned glowing reviews in Golf Digest. The Pines course is comparatively forgiving in places, but stretches of the Sycamore are sadistically difficult. However, the price for a round from $37 to $57 is right. Just remember that these links are part of sprawling, 5,300-acre Eagle Creek Park, which means you may have to cool your heels if a deer, fox, or coyote decides to play through. If wildlife might break your concentration, consider Brickyard Crossing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or The Fort at Fort Harrison State Park, both of which were recently recognized by Golfweek as among Indiana’s finest public courses.