New Pete Dye Golf Course on Schedule to Open at French Lick Resort

FRENCH LICK - French Lick Resort , located in southern Indiana, is nearing the completion of its recent golf renaissance, as the new Pete Dye golf course is on schedule to be completed this fall. The course is scheduled to open to the public April 2009.

Golfers are looking forward to the highly anticipated opening of this new Pete Dye masterpiece. Similar to many of his other top designs like Kiawah and Whistling Straits, or his stern tests at TPC Sawgrass and TPC West venues, this new course at French Lick will provide the same type of memorable golf experience. Located on a hilltop behind the historic French Lick Springs Hotel - one of the highest points in Indiana - Dye's course will feature panoramic views that stretch for over 30 miles. 

"There is nothing more dramatic then playing golf while observing spectacular views. Until now, my signature courses with spectacular views have involved water. This new project will allow golfers panoramic views that extend for over 30 miles of countryside in all directions," Dye said. "I have spent the past five decades designing golf courses all over the world, including courses on great coastal sites. This new project, however, brings great excitement to Alice and me because the course is on arguably the best inland site I have ever worked on."

The course will feature some of the rugged bunkers and fescue areas similar to Whistling Straits, along with large green complexes and narrow fairways. In addition, the first cut of rough will feature a new hybrid grass that will allow the ball to sit up better when cut to 1", which will make it easier for amateur players to hit from. In addition, all 18-holes will provide the breathtaking views of the countryside.

French Lick will become one of the premier golf destinations in America.

When the Dye course is complete, the French Lick Resort will offer 45-holes of championship golf with three unique designs that will be a perfect compliment to each other.

In addition to the Dye course, the resort also features its classic Donald Ross design, which recently completed a $4.6-million restoration project. The restoration returned the course to Donald Ross' early vision. The project included restoring greens and bunkers to their original shapes and creating native grass areas that will emulate the Scottish links-style playing condition.

For families, the newly designed Valley Links learning center is the perfect facility to learn and practice the game. The nine-hole course (Formerly a Tom Bendelow course) was redesigned, but still maintains the classic parkland integrity that Bendelow intended.

The French Lick Resort Casino has undergone a $500 million historic renovation and casino development program, which includes the French Lick Springs Hotel, the new French Lick Casino and the West Baden Springs Hotel. In addition, this premier resort and casino destination features more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space; 689 guest rooms and a 42,000-square foot, single-level casino; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 41,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

For more information, please visit www.frenchlick.com or call 1-888-936-9360. 

 

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