Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex: Kampen Course

West Lafayette, IN Public

Overview

It's fitting that one of the country's best college courses should be built by college students. Purdue students didn't design the Kampen Course at Purdue University, but they served as essential cost-saving labor for Pete Dye when he redesigned the course in the mid-1990s. When Dye and the kids (who had no previous construction experience) were done with it, the university's old North Course full of rudimentary holes running back and forth became a playground of the architect's postmodern trademarks including expansive waste bunkers studded witih grassy moguls, deep pot and trench bunkers, elevated greens angled against hazards, par 3s across water and even a drivable par 4 with mirrored right and left fairways arcing around a large central wasteland. Built on a shoestring, this project had a special meaning for Dye as Purdue was where he first began studying agronomy prior to switching from a successful career selling insurance to golf course design.

About

Holes 18
Length 7465
Slope 146
Price $109
Facility Type Public
Year Opened 1997
Designer (R) Pete Dye, ASGCA

Awards

Best Courses in Every State
Greatest College Courses

Ranking history:

Best in State: Ranked sixth, 2019-'22. Ranked eighth, 2023-'24. Ranked ninth, 2017-'18. Ranked 12th, 2015-'16.

America's Greatest College Courses: 14th (2023).

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.1

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.9095
Character
6.4957
Challenge
7.0576
Layout Variety
6.6964
Fun
6.7043
Aesthetics
6.621
Conditioning
6.6942

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