French Lick Resort Featured In March Episode of Traveling Golfer
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Some people register surprise when they hear there is a world-class resort in the hilly farmlands of Southern Indiana. Those who visit French Lick Resort register even more surprise when they see it.
French Lick Resort is a classic American resort, nestled among the hills of the Hoosier National Forest. It is home to two AAA Four-Diamond nationally historic hotels, two luxurious spas, a Las Vegas-style casino, great restaurants, impressive meeting venues and plenty of family activities.
But it is the two heralded championship golf courses – the classic Donald Ross Course and the spectacular Pete Dye Course – that capture the imagination of golfers from around the world. Great golf and opulent hotels are the focus of the March episode of the Traveling Golfer television show from French Lick Resort.
The history of the development of French Lick goes back to 1845, when the “miracle waters” of the sulfur springs drew visitors from 100 miles away. Early hotels evolved into the building of the West Baden Springs Hotel in 1901, dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” at that time the world’s largest free-span dome, which stretched 200 feet.
Nearby, the elaborate French Lick Springs Hotel was constructed during the same era. It boasts two guests of opposing fame – Chicago gangster Al Capone frequented the resort in the 1920s; while President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1931, declared his run for President at the Democratic National Convention at the hotel.
Golf does not hold a backseat, when it comes to forging history at French Lick.
The Donald Ross Course, built in 1917, hosted the 1924 PGA Championship won by Walter Hagen. It underwent a $5 million restoration in 2007.
The Pete Dye Course opened in 2009 and sits atop an 800-foot high mountain that provides spectacular views of the countryside below. It stretches to 8,100 yards and hosted many championships, including the 2015 Senior PGA Championship. In addition, in 2017, 2018 and 2019 it hosted the Senior LPGA Championship.
“I have been to the property a number of times and it never ceases to amaze me,” commented Traveling Golfer show host Tony Leodora. “We could easily do two, three, four shows from this property and still not tell all of the stories.”
“I’m here at the property every day and I feel the same way,” added Dave Harner, Director of Golf at French Lick Resort. “This is an amazing piece of Americana.”
The March episode of The Traveling Golfer airs as a scheduled weekly feature show on NBC Sports and NBC Sports + throughout four markets in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. NBC Sports airings are 10:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sundays, 11:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m. on Thursdays. NBC Sports + airs the show at 8 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. In addition, the show airs nationally, every day, on the new Fun Roads Network (funroads.tv/schedule) – in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Wichita markets. It also will air a number of times in the Month of February on “Rivertalk” on HTC-4 in Myrtle Beach.
The show also airs on the Traveling Golfer network of websites … including The Golf Director Network and The Myrtle Beach Golf Channel (see full list of sites on travelinggolfervideo.com).
As part of every Traveling Golfer show there is the additional feature, “Tech Talk”, hosted by Tour Edge Golf experts, such as President Dave Glod. With years of experience as a club maker, Glod presents an inside look at the research and development of high-quality golf equipment.
Responding to golfers’ never-ending demands to learn more about interesting golf courses and golf resorts across the country and around the world, well-traveled host Tony Leodora created the Traveling Golfer so he could take viewers on video trips to some of the most exciting golf locations. For the fourth time in five years, the show was honored as the No. 1 Golf Television Show in America in the prestigious International Network of Golf awards, presented at the PGA Merchandise Show in January of 2020.
The Traveling Golfer is a series of monthly shows hosted by Leodora, who has 19 years of experience in televised golf. The featured destination stays on the website for one month, before being replaced by a new show. Alternate shows also air in a two-month rotation. All old shows are archived for continued viewing on the YouTube Network and on the home website, www.travelinggolfervideo.com.
For more information about the Traveling Golfer, or to find out how a property can be featured on the show, call TL Golf Services at (610) 721-8186.