French Lick Resort: Bucket list golf in the heart of the Midwest

French Lick, Indiana means two things to most: the home of the legend Larry Bird, and the location of one of our favorite golf properties in the United States with French Lick Resort.

French Lick Resort gives you all the comforts that you’d expect from the heartland of America.  The resort is nestled among the hills of the Hoosier National Forest and is conveniently located in Southern Indiana, making it easy to get to via car from a multitude of locations, and is also within a short drive of several major airports such as Louisville International Airport (1 hour 15 minutes), Indianapolis International Airport (under 2 hours), or Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, KY (2 hours 15 minutes).

The stars of the show for any golfer at French Lick Resort are the two main golf courses: The Pete Dye Course and The Donald Ross Course.

These two courses have completely different looks and feels to them, and it will be a fun debate for your group on which one you prefer.

Golf at French Lick

The Pete Dye Course at French Lick will challenge you from the moment you peg your first tee shot until you hole your last putt.  As is synonymous with the famous architect’s design prowess, Pete Dye takes you on a picturesque journey as it sits on one of the highest elevation points in Indiana.  The views are simply phenomenal, and it almost takes you away for a moment from the challenge that lies in front of you with the course.  At 8,102 yards from the Gold tees, this place is big, and it requires both distance and accuracy throughout your round.  The green complexes are, well, complex, so be sure to have the flat stick working when you show up here.

The Donald Ross Course brings you on a totally different ride.  This course is not up in the hills, but it still provides a ton of elevation changes. This classic Donald Ross design provides a much more straightforward appearance than its Pete Dye counterpart.  At 7,030 yards as a par 70, don’t think for a second that this course is a walk in the park as a 2007 restoration included bringing back nearly 80 bunkers with deep faces that make accuracy a must into the greens.  Lush green fairways are outlined by golden fescue roughs and pathways that create a visually stimulating round for any golfer.

The resort also has two more options for golfer including the Valley Links Course, a 9-hole course that is walkable that is great for a fun 9 holes or simply family fun.  Sultan’s Run is another nearby golf course designed by Pete Dye disciple Tim Liddy that provides golfers with a Parkland-style course that is worth adding an extra night to your golf trip to enjoy.  It’s only about 30 minutes from the property.  The waterfall behind the 18th green is gorgeous and provides a beautiful setting to end your day.

Hotels at French Lick

French Lick Resort provides guests of the resort with three different options for their stay.  There is the French Lick Springs Hotel, West Baden Springs Hotel and the new Valley Tower.

French Lick Springs Hotel: This classic hotel was established in 1845, and it blends the classic feels with the modern luxuries of today.  Guest rooms are spacious and well appointed, and with amenities galore on property it’s a great home base for any golf group or family getaway.

West Baden Springs Hotel: Known for it’s incredible atrium that spans more than 200 feet, this luxury hotel was established in 1902 and like its sister property it maintains a lot of classic charm alongside modern enhancements.  The suites are quite massive, and you’ll be in great hands at this resort.

Valley Tower: The newest hotel coming to the property in November 2020, the Valley Tower is located right next to the casino and gives guests a modern option that features the new Valley Bar.  A great option for any golf trip who is looking to get lucky on the golf course and the casino floor.

Amenities at French Lick

French Lick Resort offers a multitude of options for guests looking to enjoy their time away from the course, and we want to focus on a few of the more popular options that many golf groups enjoy during their trips:

  • French Lick Casino
  • The Spa at French Lick
  • The Spa at West Baden
  • Pluto’s Alley
  • Fitness Center
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sporting Clays
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • Hiking trails
  • Bike rentals

Our recommendation

French Lick Resort is one of the country’s top golfing destinations, and for good reason. The charm and beauty of this property is undeniable, and the golf is simply spectacular.  Our recommendation is to include at least two rounds on The Pete Dye Course as you’ll want a second chance around this track after you’ve learned some of the nuances of the course.  It’s a great trip for buddies and families alike, and you’ll be glad you chose French Lick Resort for your next golf destination.