Febraury 14, 2017
French Lick, Indiana -The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort has been named the 2017 Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association. This marks the first time a Pete Dye designed course has received this honor.
The announcement was made this past week at the NGCOA 2017 Golf Business Conference, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, FL.
The NGCOA selected its finalists based on four criteria; quality of golf course, quality of ownership and management, outstanding contributions to the local community, and significant contributions to the game of golf.
The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort fit all of these criteria perfectly and was nominated by the Indiana Golf Course Owners Association, a chapter of the NGCOA. Other finalists for the 2017 national award included Canoe Brook Country Club (New Jersey), Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club (Florida) and Poppy Hills Golf Course (California), which rounded out the final four for this prestigious honor.
"We are thrilled and humbled to receive this honor from the NGCOA, and to be recognized alongside so many top facilities from around the country," said Dave Harner, director of golf at French Lick Resort.
"The Pete Dye Course has become a symbol of excellence in the industry being an economic driver that is changing the lives of so many people through jobs, major golf championships, and our many charitable events such as Riley Children's Foundation with our previous Legends and upcoming Senior LPGA Championships."
The Pete Dye course, which opened in 2009, burst on to the national scene by receiving America's best new course accolades by the two leading golf publications in the country, Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine.
The course has been recognized for its many contributions to the community including millions of dollars of economic impact from major golf championships and job creation, as well as raising hundreds of thousands of dollars through charity events including Riley Children's Foundation, the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health from the Legends Championships and upcoming LPGA Senior Championship presented by Old National Bank.
The Pete Dye course was carefully carved into a dramatic site upon a hilltop - one of the highest points in the state - offering panoramic views in all directions that stretch for 30-40 miles. The course features a variety of elevation changes, rugged and dramatic terrain, narrow fairways, and challenging bunkers, along with spectacular views from every hole.
For more information about The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort visit frenchlick.com.