French Lick Resort Set to Start First Full Season

The Donald Ross Course at French Lick (Ind.) is open to resort guests and visitors for its first full season. The course, recently named a finalist for Golf Inc. magazine's 2007 Renovation of the Year, is accompanied by a new 60,000-square-foot Sports Center, which offers a 10-station indoor driving range and indoor putting green, video swing analysis and five resurfaced tennis courts. The Sports Center is open seven days a week from noon to 8 p.m.

The 18-hole Donald Ross Course at French Lick (formerly the Hill Course) officially re-opened in September 2006 after a $4.6 million remodel. Management worked closely with the Donald Ross Society to preserve the historical integrity of the course every step of the way. The work returned the course to Donald Ross' original design. The project included restoring greens and bunkers to their original shapes and creating native grass areas that emulate Scottish links. With wider cart paths, a computerized irrigation system and golf carts equipped with GPS, players enjoy a blend of the traditional playing experience with modern technologies.

The nine-hole, par-36 Tom Bendelow Course, adjacent to the French Lick Springs Hotel, is on schedule for a summer 2007 opening. "This will truly be an enjoyable course and incredible practice facility for players of all skill levels," said Dave Harner, director of golf. The course measure 3,490 yards from the tips and is augmented by a 400-yard-long driving range, a chipping area and practice bunkers.

By spring 2008, golfers can look forward to the opening of the Pete Dye Course at French Lick. The layout is moving closer to its final shaping and seeding. Located on the rolling bluffs behind the historic French Lick Springs Hotel, the Pete Dye Course is being carved some 50 feet into the hillsides. Although Dye aims to make this a "walkable" course, golfers are sure to feel Dye's signature challenge.

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