Salute The Fort, One of Indiana's Finest

Among the pantheon of golf courses emblazoned with the name of legendary architect Pete Dye, The Fort is not the flashiest. It’s not the most recognizable. It’s not the newest. It is the most historically significant, and a damn fine golf experience at that.

Dye, along with associate Tim Liddy, re-tooled The Fort in 1998 to create the wonderfully wooded layout you’ll find tucked away in the shadows of downtown Indy. Designer and canvas just so happen to share a similar background.

While Mr. Dye never saw combat time during his time enlisted in the United States Army, he was stationed at both Fort Benning (Georgia) and Fort Bragg (North Carolina). At Fort Bragg he served dutifully as greenskeeper of the base golf course, and during trips to nearby Pinehurst, developed a relationship with Donald Ross. His love for “digging in the dirt” was born and the rest is history.

Established seven years after Fort Benjamin Harrison was officially decommissioned, Dye stepped in to craft a course in the middle of a 1,700-acre state park. Opened in 1906, Fort Ben was an active military base from World War I until Operation: Desert Storm. The base housed prisoners of war during the World War II.

Current ranked as the No. 3 place you can play in the entire state of Indiana by Golf.com, The Fort Golf Course is a beautiful and challenging designed known for its tree-lined fairways, rolling hills and undulating greens that have Dye written all over them. The course has also received a 4.5-Star rating from Golf Digest and was rated No. 1 in Indiana by Golfweek.

“There simply is not a better piece of property in Central Indiana upon which to build a championship golf course,” said Head Golf Professional Jon Chapple. “The Fort’s unpredictable topography and Pete Dye’s visionary architecture have joined to create experience that is unparalleled in the Hoosier State. It is not surprising that time after time the golf course is a regular feature in annual golf course rankings.”

The Fort showcases the best of what Indiana golf has to offer. At 7,148 yards playing to a par 72 over nearly 240 acres, this layout traipses through trees, valleys and wetlands in order to create an experience that allows the golfer to enjoy nature and the game all at once.

It’s an impossible chore to select just one signature hole at The Fort. Nos. 4, 5, 6, 11 and 18 are all worthy of that distinction. Each of these Dye creations shares a few common traits: thick woodlands and elevation change, which demands a precise tee shot. Each hole then concludes on quick greens requiring a skillful sense of finesse.

The course has also become a popular “Stay and Play” because of the variety of lodging options available.

 Golf packages at The Fort include 18 holes of golf with cart, overnight lodging, unlimited range balls, complimentary bag storage and souvenir bag tag and ball. The facility has become a trusted choice for corporate and charity outings. Here are some facilities available for lodging and events:

The Main Lodge - A 27-room facility located just 300 yards from the golf course

The Harrison House – A more intimate facility with suites and very comfortable overnight accommodations a mere 100 yards from the golf course

Officers Homes – Fully furnished 3-bedroom homes that once housed visiting dignitaries and military generals

Garrison Conference Center – The ideal space for your wedding or business conference, the Garrison has a dining room that offers daily lunch, weekend dinner buffets and delicious Sunday brunches.

In addition to the conference center, overnight lodging accommodations and championship 18-hole golf course, The Fort has outstanding practice grounds, private and group instruction and men’s and women’s locker rooms.

Tee times can be booked online at www.thefortgolfcourse.com or by calling the pro shop at (317) 543-9597.

 

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