Friday, December 21, 2012

Golfweek Selects French Lick Among Best Casino Courses


Pete Dye, Donald Ross, and Sultan's Run make prestigious casino list

(French Lick, IN) - French Lick Resort, the award winning resort destination located in southern Indiana, continues to earn national recognition from one of the country's leading golf publications. The latest accolade comes from Golfweek magazine, which included three of the resort's courses among its 2012 Best Casino Courses.

The Pete Dye Course, which opened in 2009, lead the way moving up one spot from its previous ranking to No. 4 on the list. The 94 year-old Donald Ross Course checked in at No. 12, while the newest addition to the French Lick Resort golf offerings, Sultan's Run, debuted at No. 29 respectively. Golfweek's annual listing of the top golf and gaming experiences appeared in the December 7-10 issue of the magazine.

The Pete Dye course is joined among the top four by such great tracks as Shadow Creek Golf Course (Las Vegas, Nev.), Fallen Oak (Saucier, Miss.), and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club's Saguaro (Fountain Hills, Ariz.).

"We are very honored to have three of our golf courses make Golfweek's top casino courses list," said Dave Harner, director of golf at French Lick Resort. "For the Pete Dye, Donald Ross, and now Sultan's Run to make this list further solidifies our combination of quality golf and resort amenities as one of the premier golf and gaming resort destinations in the country."

The nationally acclaimed Pete Dye course is regarded as one of the most breathtaking and exciting 18 holes of golf in the country. The course was carefully carved on a dramatic hilltop offering a variety of elevation changes, rugged and dramatic terrain, narrow fairways and challenging bunkers. There are spectacular views from every hole, some that stretch for over 40 miles.

The Dye course offers many distinct design features, including stretches of holes on each nine that are vintage Dye. The course, which stretches over 8,100 yards from the professional tees, welcomes all levels of players with five sets of tees, and yardages beginning at 5,100 yards from the forward tees.

Complementing the new Pete Dye course at French Lick Resort is the historic Donald Ross course. The Ross course brings a rich history to the French Lick Resort. The course was site of the 1924 PGA Championship won by the legendary Walter Hagen and hosted other golf greats and celebrities such as Gene Sarazen, Chick Evans, and Bing Crosby.

The Ross course is a parkland gem, which meanders up and down the rolling hills a few miles from the main resort. The wonderful routing of the holes take full advantage of the many elevation points for classic Ross green sites, which are sloped heavily from back to front.

Sultan's Run Golf Course opened in 1992 and was designed by Tim Liddy, a former disciple of Pete Dye. A former Top 10 course in Indiana, the course stretches over 224 acres, which was the former home of the legendary horse Supreme Sultan, who sired a record number of World Champion American Saddlebred horses. Located in nearby Jasper, Indiana, the course is a short drive for guests staying and playing at the resort.

For more information or to book a golf package, visit www.frenchlick.com or call reservation specialists at (888) 936-9360.

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