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French Lick Resort: Pete Dye Course

French Lick, IN Public

Overview

Pete Dye’s mountaintop design, Golf Digest’s 2009 Best New Public winner, established that at age 80 the designer still had fresh ideas, including rumpled chipping swales, country-lane cart paths and volcano bunkers. Measuring just over 8,100 yards from the tips, Pete Dye at French Lick is not the first course over 8,000 yards to land on our rankings. That would be Runaway Brook in Massachusetts, now called the Pines Course at The International Golf Club. It was 8,040 yards when ranked in 1967. Today it’s 8,325 yards. The world’s longest is Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in China at 8,415 yards. The yardage may be a talking point, but what golfers will remember about Dye's French Lick course are the multi-mile views in all direction, the roominess of the fairways and greens that hang out over the edges of the sweeping land formations.

About

Holes 18
Length 8092
Slope 140
Price $375
Facility Type Public
Designer Pete Dye, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
100 Greatest Public
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2017.
2023-'24 ranking: 118th.
Previous ranking: 117th.

100 Greatest: Ranked 2013-'16.
Highest ranking: 93rd, 2013-'14.

100 Greatest Public: Ranked since 2011.
2023-'24 ranking (and previous): 19th.
Highest ranking: 17th, 2013-'16, 2019-'20.

Best in State: Ranked third, 2011 to current.

Panelists

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

4.4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.3463
Character
7.4416
Challenge
7.6542
Layout Variety
7.3757
Fun
6.9007
Aesthetics
7.6623
Conditioning
7.5038

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