A Championship Golf Course… Available to All
Located in the midst of a serene countryside, Otter Creek Golf course has been ranked among the top 25 public golf courses in the U.S since its inception in 1964. Renowned golf course designers Robert Trent Jones and Rees Jones created this 27 hole championship course in harmony with Southern Indiana’s gently rolling hills. Utilizing the existing contours of the land to assure each shot a natural challenge, Jones has distinguished Otter Creek as a championship golf course unique to all others.
A public golf course always in tournament condition, Otter Creek continually intrigues even the most accomplished players. Some of the best golfers in the U.S. play these 27 holes. Winding through 300 acres of hilly terrain and more than 3000 trees, the Clifty and Otter creeks meander throughout the course as natural water hazards. Classic style trees and rich, bent grass fairways lead to the large, challenging greens, also of bent grass for which Jones is noted… and all bunkers are filled with white sand, imported from North Carolina.
Jones called the 13th hole the best he had ever designed and dubbed it “Alcatraz.” It is short- 185 yards, par 3- with the green on an island and framed by towering Indiana Sycamores.
As a championship public golf course, Otter Creek makes the conveniences of the most exclusive, private clubs available to all. Eight miles of paved cart paths, a range for 50 golfers, a 15,000 square foot putting green and a practice chipping green contribute to Otter Creek’s reputation as one of the most exceptional public golf course facilities in the U.S.
A Championship Golf Course… For All Playing Levels
Otter Creek provides four tee settings so golfers of all playing levels can enjoy the course. The most demanding- the gold tees, measure 7200 yards, and are used in may of the championship tournaments.
Major championship tournaments include: The 1991 66th Annual U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, The American Junior Golf Association Championship, The Independent Youth Golf Classic, and The Indiana Men’s State Amateur Championship- 26 times.
Otter Creek has been the qualification site of: The U.S Open. The U.S Senior Open and The National Public Links.
A Championship Clubhouse… For All to Enjoy
Otter Creek’s clubhouse was designed by Harry Weese of Chicago, whose credits include some of the most notable buildings in the world. Champions, and aspiring champions as well, appreciate this sprawling clubhouse with its wide verandas, spacious locker room facilities, complete pro shop, snack bar and 19th hole- serving your favorite libations.
In addition, the clubhouse features one of the most scenic dining rooms in the country. Walls of glass on three sides allow even non-golfers to appreciate the panoramic view from the first tee to the 18th hole. The clubhouse and dining room facilities can be reserved for private parties, wedding receptions, meetings and golf outings.
Touring the Architecture… Columbus, Indiana
Columbus ranks fourth in the nation after New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, in the number of buildings designed by famous architects. During the past 30 years, more than 50 buildings, designed by the world’s most renowned architects, have been constructed in Columbus.
Columbus may be the only town in the country where one can walk out of a church designed by Eliel Saarinen, cross the street, pass a Henry Moore sculpture and enter a library designed by I. M.Pei. Both Eliel Saarinen and his son Eero are represented by churches in Columbus.
Architecture tours are conducted daily. Columbus, a town of 35,000, is also the home of two Fortune 500 companies and offers excellent overnight accommodations for its many visitors. Several shopping centers, including a large outlet mall are also available.
Just Down the Road… Nashville, Indiana
While in Columbus, you’ll want to visit the scenic town of Nashville. Sixteen miles west of Columbus, this quaint town, nestled in the hills of Brown County, offers hours of browsing through unique craft shops and art galleries.
A drive through Brown County State Park, Indiana’s largest, is especially popular in the spring through redbud and dogwood season, and during the fall for viewing the colorful foliage.
Statistics… Par for a Championship Course
- 300 Acres of Golf Course
- Six Acres of Bent Grass Tees
- Six Acres of Bent Grass Greens
- 45 Acres of Bent Grass Fairways
- 127 Bunkers Filled with Imported North Carolina White Sand
- Seven Acres of Practice Range
- Eight Miles of Paved Cart Paths
- Ten Acres of Water
- Five Acres of Clubhouse Lawn
Ideally suited to make your group or company outing a success, Otter Creek welcomes golfers in any number from one to 200. Golf packages for three to five days, with excellent accommodations are available. Due to the popularity of this championship course, tee times should be reserved in advance for weekends, as well as weekdays.
Otter Creek is the kind of course Jack Nicklaus must have had in mind when he stated in Sports Illustrated that apart from playing the game, a well-designed golf course can be “simply a marvelous place to be, a constant source of pleasure and contentment.”
That’s what you’ll find when you play Otter Creek. Easily accessible from many major cities, you too can enjoy this championship course.