A Quick Nine: Best public courses in Indiana

By T.J. Auclair, Interactive Producer
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Up until last week's BMW Championship at Crooked Stick, it had been a long time since our friends in Indiana had seen top level golf up close.

Why did it take so long? We don't know. What we do know is there's no shortage of great golf courses that are open to the public in the Hoosier state.

For this week's, 'A Quick Nine,' feature, we asked our friends in Facebook Nation to identify for us the top-9 courses that are open to the public in Indiana.

Here's the list, composed by you.

Remember, if you've played one of the courses listed below, please click its name. You will then be directed to that courses page on, where you can leave a review.

Agree with the list? Disagree with the list? Tell us why or why not in the comment section below.

9. The Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis, Ind. Located right beside Indianapolis Motor Speedway (home of the Indy 500), Brickyard Crossing has played host to several PGA Tour and Champions Tour events through the years. Plus, you get some pretty cool views of the race track.

Facebook fan quote:

"Brickyard Crossing, Speedway, Ind." -- Ron Allen

"Brickyard Crossing." -- Steve Ashworth

"Brickyard Crossing from the tips!" -- Jim Curley

8. Coyote Crossing Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind. In 2010, Golf Digest ranked Coyote Crossing No. 3 in America's nine sweetest deals.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Coyote Crossing, Lafayette, Ind." -- Hunter Coffin

"Coyote Crossing in West Lafayette." -- Kyle Kline

"Coyote Crossing in West Lafayette!" -- Shane Weist

"Played Coyote Crossing for the first time earlier this summer -- very nice and in great shape." -- Patrick McCollum

7. Rock Hollow Golf Club in Peru, Ind. Here's the course description from its website: Rock Hollow Golf Club was the perfect reclamation project for Rock Industries, Inc., an aggregate manufacturing company located in Peru, Indiana. Laid out over 300 acres of a mined-out gravel pit, Rock Hollow Golf Club has become one of the premier public tracks not only in Indiana but also throughout the Midwest. Designed by Indianapolis native Tim Liddy, protégé of world-renowned golf course architect Pete Dye, Rock Hollow boasts a terrain like none other in the Hoosier State. Taking full advantage of its natural surroundings, Rock Hollow mixes old-growth forests, cat tailed wetlands, beautiful boulders and rocks, and changes in elevation to produce dramatic scenery. Measuring 6,944 yards from the tips, Rock Hollow not only caters to the scratch golfer, but with three other sets of tees, it also provides an enjoyable round for golfers of any skill level.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Rock Hollow." -- Graham Maxwell

"Rock Hollow in Peru." -- Justin Houlihan

"Rock Hollow." -- Justin Anglemyer

"Rock Hollow in Peru." -- Brandon Mygrant

6. Twin Bridges Golf Club in Danville, Ind. Twin Bridge had received a four-star rating from Golf Digest and is open year round. The front nine is known for its larger greens and fescue-lined bent grass fairways while the more traditional back nine offers rolling hills and tightly guarded greens.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Twin Bridges G.C Danville, Ind." -- Corey Mcfarland

5. Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh, Ind. Timbergate is owned by the town of Edinburgh and is named for the rich history of wood crafting the town is built upon. Designed by Clyde Johnston with Indiana native Fuzzy Zoeller, Timbergate is one of the premiere public courses in Indiana. The complete links style design was geared by Fuzzy to be both challenging to experienced players as well as playable by higher handicappers.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Timbergate in Edinburgh." -- Paul Johnson

"Timbergate Fuzzy Zoeller Course." -- Anthony Cognata

4. The Fort Golf Resort in Indianapolis, Ind. The course was redesigned by Pete Dye and Tim Liddy. In 1998, The Fort Golf Course was third under "Best Affordable New Public Courses" in Golf Digest. It's considered one of Indiana's best public golf courses.

Facebook fan quotes:

"The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis for sure. They should have a tour event out here." -- Nick Crawford

"The Fort." -- Jeff Elliot

"The Fort in Indy." -- Dave Miller

"A friend of mine works at 'The Fort' never been but I hear it's a great track." -- Michael Moreno

3. French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. This includes two absolute gems -- the Donald Ross Course and the Pete Dye Course. Both played host to the PGA Professional National Championship in 2010.

Facebook fan quotes:

"French Lick." -- Kathryn Elizabeth

"Dye Course at French Lick." -- Mike Liming

"Ross Course, French Lick." -- Roger Gain

"French Lick Donald Ross." -- Mikel Breeden

2. Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. Here's what the Indianapolis Business Journal had to say about Purgatory: "an enchanting design, gleaned from the inspirations of legendary architects Alistair MacKenzie, George Thomas, Seth Raynor and Indiana's own Bill Diddle... it's more beauty than beast. The greens are firm and fast, but fair. A well-struck putt is rewarded. The fairways, which I strolled across during my forays into the bunkers and rough, were exceptional."

Facebook fan quotes:

"Purgatory in Noblesville." -- Tyler Corder

"Hands down would be PURGATORY in Noblesville, Ind." -- Julie King

"Purgatory." -- Garron Anglemyer

"Purgatory." -- Matt Evans

1. Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind. Here's a look at the course description from its website: Otter Creek Golf Course has been ranked among the top 25 public golf courses in the U.S. since its inception in 1964. Renowned golf course designers Robert Trent Jones and Rees Jones created this magnificent 27-hole championship course in harmony with Southern Indiana's existing land. Utilizing the natural contours of the land ensures all golfers a great challenge. Jones has distinguished Otter Creek as a championship golf course unique to all others.

Facebook fan quotes:

"Otter Creek." -- Ted Yantis

"Otter Creek." -- Marc Steven Mathews

"Best public course in Indiana right now is hands down Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus. Amazing condition!" -- Kit Venderley

"Otter Creek." -- David Ward

"Otter Creek, no question." -- Andy Dismore 

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