Few things get the blood pumping like the mention of Donald Ross, Pete Dye and Tom Bendelow in the same sentence. Nowhere else in the world can a golfer play courses designed by each of these noted and prolific designers at one resort destination. The rolling hills of southern Indiana provide a beautiful yet challenging golf destination. Stay in style at either the French Lick Springs Hotel or the West Baden Springs Hotel.
The Pete Dye Course
Sketched on a napkin and carved into history by Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye, this course hosted the Senior PGA Championship in 2015. Senior PGA champion Colin Montgomerie called it "one of the iconic courses" in America and one that golfers all over the world will want to play. This championship golf course on one of Indiana’s highest elevation points has narrow, immaculate fairways and rugged, intense terrain. The Pete Dye Course has gained national acclaim for its 40-mile panoramic views of the southern Indiana countryside, three man-made lakes, "volcano" bunkers and a variety of elevation changes. A robust 7,407 metres / 8,100 yards from the professional tees punctuate Dye’s signature sting from vista to vista.
The Donald Ross Course
This classic course designed by iconic architect Donald Ross underwent a $5 million restoration in 2007. When the project was completed, 80 of Ross’ trademark bunkers with flat bottoms and deep, gnarly faces were once again in place along with expanded, square or rectangular shaped greens that severely undulate. Thirty-five of these bunkers are original to the course that Ross constructed in 1917. The course is a par 70 and plays to 7,000 yards. The Donald Ross course has been rated the No. 2 public course in Indiana by GolfWeek every year since 2011.
Hagen’s Club House Restaurant is the original clubhouse. When weather permits, the best seat in the house is on the veranda. Inside or out, this authentic turn-of-the-last-century structure includes a pro shop and a relaxing atmosphere for a cocktail or bite to eat — perfect for after a round or anytime.
The Valley Links Course
The Valley Links Course is a nine hole-fully walkable conversion of the 18-hole Tom Bendelow design that was original to French Lick Springs Hotel. This par 36-course maintains the park-like atmosphere of the Bendelow course with rolling fairways, Scottish-style fescue grasses and strategically placed bunkers. Experienced golfers are certain to take notice of the championship tee length of nearly 3,500 yards!
The Valley Links Course at French Lick Resort gives golfers of all skill levels and ages a fun and challenging place to play. The Valley Links Course was redesigned with families in mind. Golfers of all ages and skill levels should be able to play without pressure or intimidation from others on the course.
French Lick Springs Hotel
Established in 1845, with the current spa wing built in 1901, the French Lick Springs Hotel seamlessly blends its fascinating history with modern amenities and services. Accommodation options at this hotel range from Traditional Guest Rooms, to Premium Guest Rooms, to Suites and Speciality Suites. Traditional rooms are available with one king or queen, two queens or two double beds and have all the usual amenities. The Premium Guest rooms have a king or queen bed, and a larger room size, whilst Suite Guest Rooms have a larger area to accommodate a full-length mirror, a queen-sized sofa bed, a separate seating area and floor-to-ceiling curtains. Speciality suites have different styles and are named as such, featuring the Pool Suite, Terrace Suite, FDR Suite and Governor’s Suite, they all have expanded living areas, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms and much more.
West Baden Springs Hotel
The West Baden Springs Hotel allows guests to escape the everyday to a luxury hotel built more than a century ago. The hotel has an awe-inspiring atrium that spans 200 feet and mixes comfortable ambience with modern amenities that is perfect for a romantic getaway or small groups. Each room at the West Baden Springs Hotel differs stylistically, with Deluxe Outside View rooms configured with one king or two queen beds, and gold plaited finishes. Premium Atrium view guest rooms are larger in size and feature the same bed configurations as the Deluxe outside view but offer an extra 37 square feet of space. Super Atrium view rooms have an extra 57 square feet on top of the regular Atrium View rooms, so if space is something you need, look no further.
1875 Steak House
Named to commemorate May 17, 1875, the date of the first Kentucky Derby, French Lick Springs Hotel's signature restaurant is located adjacent to the main lobby. Bask in an elegant atmosphere with an open kitchen, overlooking our scenic gardens and iconic Pluto Spring gazebo. Serving 100% premium aged Midwest, corn-fed Angus beef, 1875: The Steakhouse offers choice cuts that are aged to be tender and full of flavour.
Timeless in its beauty and stylishness, Sinclair's offers an impressive dinner menu and wine list. This restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner for two or celebratory dinner for many. Named for Lee W. Sinclair one of the original owners of West Baden Springs Hotel. Sinclair brought sophistication to southern Indiana and transformed the hotel into a slice of European elegance in America.
Table One is the private chef’s table located right in the kitchen. Watch as the chef prepares your meal for an intimate group of up to ten. Glass walls make observing every move possible and with the flip of a switch the walls are frosted to provide the utmost in seclusion. Private parties dine from custom menus served on elegant one-of-a-kind Versace dinnerware.
Power Plant Bar & Grill
This is the hot spot for drinks, great food and live music. The large electrical switchboard that once powered the French Lick Springs Hotel is the focal point of this lounge. You will find delicious appetisers, salads, burgers, sandwiches and mixed drinks. On Fridays and Saturdays, catch live music with everything from rock to pop, jazz, funk and disco.
Spring No.8 Deli
This isn’t your ordinary pool snack bar! At Spring 8 Deli, you’ll find a variety of favourites from nachos and quesadillas to sandwiches and salads. Wash it all down with a speciality drink, glass of wine or a craft beer. Enjoy cocktail service poolside, with dining service provided inside Spring 8 and on the hotel’s upper verandah.
The Grand Colonnade Restaurant
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast buffet in the former ballroom where FDR was nominated to run for President in 1931. The Grand Colonnade Family Restaurant prepares a bountiful selection of breakfast favourites daily and on Sundays, start the week on a high note with a traditional brunch.
Pluto's Pizzeria offers a variety of homemade calzones, Stromboli and pizza served whole or by the slice. In the hotel’s heyday the Pluto bar served hot or cold Pluto water piped directly from the spring.
The Mansion at the Pete Dye Course
Guests may enjoy lunch at one of the highest points in Indiana. Enjoy a sandwich and cocktail while overlooking the breath-taking course carved into the hills of southern Indiana by legendary course-designer Pete Dye. The clubhouse is the mansion home built by former Indianapolis Mayor Thomas Taggart for his son Thomas D. Taggart and his family. The Taggarts owned the French Lick Springs Hotel from 1901-1946.
The French Lick Resort is located in Indiana, USA. The Resort lies just over an hour’s drive north west of Louisville, which has an International Airport. Renting a car is easy, Voyages.golf can assist with rentals and transfers.
Golf Academy & Practice Facilities
The French Lick Resort Golf Academy is available by appointment to provide the best instruction for golfers looking to improve all aspects of their game, while lowering their handicap. Our staff of experienced teaching professionals will provide game-improving instruction to all levels of golfers. The Golf Academy also offers full swing and short game analysis along with state-of-the-art video swing analysis and custom club fitting. The Golf Academy is three days and includes individual instruction and a 4-to-1 student to professional ratio. The Resort has an expansive driving range and practice area that includes a large putting green and short-game space.
There is a spa at both hotels at the French Lick Resort. At the French Lick Springs Hotel, there is a 27,000 square foot spa facility that has fantastic décor and treatments that are inspired by the great spas throughout the United States. The spa at West Baden Springs Hotel is even larger, at 28,000 square feet in a two-level natatorium layout, with old world luxury and European elegance that is seamlessly blended for a one-of-a-kind experience. Marble inlaid floors, deep chocolate cabinetry and hand-blown glass create a tranquil environment that will leave your mind, body and soul completely replenished.
The Resort has heated outdoor pools which offer beverage service, so you don’t have to leave your lounge to get a drink. There is also a hot tub at the French Lick Springs Hotel. A traditional lap pool that measures 76’ long by 26’ wide, the indoor pool at West Baden Springs Hotel is located on the lower level of The Spa at West Baden. For ultimate recovery and relaxation, make sure to take a dip in the hot tub.
Nestled behind the West Baden Springs Hotel, The Stables at French Lick Resort are home to 27 horses who have each been carefully selected and trained for a minimum of two years by our stables manager. Among them are trail horses for the eight miles of scenic horseback riding trails, the resort’s two carriage horses and ponies that provide rides for the little ones. The stable also offers a gift shop with Western-style items and souvenirs and is open from 9am - 4pm daily.