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Victoria National Golf Club

Newburgh, IN Private

Overview

Built atop Peabody Coal Company’s long-abandoned Victoria strip mine in southern Indiana, Victoria National was a simple routing for Tom Fazio. He just followed the corridors (the perfect width for fairways) that existed between mining spoil mounds (long since overgrown with trees) and some 40 acres of fingery lagoons that had formed as steam shovels carving out coal deposits hit the water table. Chosen as Best New Private Course of 1999, Victoria National stunned most panelists. One gushed it was, “the most unusual, unpolished and unpretentious Fazio design ever.” Another called it, “probably the hardest Fazio course I’ve played. More penal than Pine Valley.” Fazio concurred with that assessment. “It’s U.S. Open-quality now,” he said soon after it opened. “If the wind blew, it’d be too hard.”

About

Holes 18
Length 7242
Slope 152
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1999
Designer Thomas Fazio, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Ranked since 2001.
2023-'24 ranking: 53rd.
Previous ranking: 47th.
Highest ranking:
No. 21, 2005-'06.

Best in State: Ranked first since 2001.

Panelists

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

4.7

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.7193
Character
7.6324
Challenge
8.1045
Layout Variety
7.7578
Fun
7.2038
Aesthetics
7.7341
Conditioning
7.702

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