New Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses debut on the Top 100 resort list
For Immediate Release
November 12, 2009
French Lick, IN – French Lick Resort, the award winning resort destination located in southern Indiana, continues to earn national recognition from the country’s leading golf publications.
The latest accolade comes from Golfweek magazine, which included both of the resort’s courses among its prestigious annual ranking of Best Resort Courses. The new Pete Dye course, which opened this year, is ranked No. 27, and the 92-year-old Donald Ross course checks in at No.71, according to the Magazine’s course raters.
Golfweek magazine’ listing of top resort courses is in its annual issue of the Definitive Guide to the Golf Life, published this month.
“We are very honored to have both the Pete Dye course and our historic Donald Ross course make Golfweek’s prestigious top resort courses list,” said Dave Harner, director of golf at French Lick Resort. “For both of these courses to make this list is a testament to the quality and unique combination of golf that we offer at French Lick Resort and further solidifies our resort as one of the premier golf resort destinations in the country.”
Golfweek’s 400 course evaluators for the “America’s Best” listing submit ballots grading courses all over the country on a 10-point scale to determine the country’s finest golf courses. Raters take into account factors such as routing of the course, feature shaping, greens, variety and memorable holes, conditioning, maintenance, and landscape management.
The Pete Dye course is regarded as one of the most breathtaking and exciting 18 holes of golf in the country. The course was carefully carved on a dramatic hilltop offering a variety of elevation changes, rugged and dramatic terrain, narrow fairways and ever-changing bunkers. There are spectacular views from every hole, some that stretch for over 40 miles.
This course is already on the national golf radar. In 2010 it will be the site of the PGA of America’s Professional National Championship. The resort predicts this will be the first of several high-profile professional events it will host on the Dye layout in the future.
The Donald Ross course, constructed in 1917, has been home to many regional and national tournaments including the 1924 PGA Championship won by Walter Hagen. A recent $4.6 million restoration project has brought the course back to its original historic charm.
Ross’s design is a parkland gem, meandering up and down the rolling hills a few miles from the main resort. The wonderful routing of the holes take full advantage of the many elevation points for the classic Ross greens which sloped dramatically from back to front. It is one of only two public Ross courses in the state of Indiana and it is considered one of his more challenging designs.
For more information or to book a stay, please visit www.frenchlick.com or call our reservation specialists at (888) 936-9360.
About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.
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