Getting To Know: The Pete Dye Course at French Lick
An Insightful Interview With Jan Tellstrom, PGA, Head Golf Professional
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Jan Tellstrom, who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Etched into the hilltops behind French Lick Springs Hotel is the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort. This walkable course on one of Indiana's highest elevation points has narrow fairways, ever changing bunkers and rugged, intense terrain. Forty mile panoramic views of the countryside, three man-made lakes and a variety of elevation changes have been shaped into 5 sets of tees for golfers of all skill levels. A robust 8,100 yards from the professional tees punctuate Dye's signature sting from vista-to-vista.
The course's clubhouse stands at 906 feet above sea level and is a turn of the last century mansion built by Thomas Taggart, former owner of French Lick Springs Hotel, Mayor of Indianapolis and one-time chairman of the National Democratic Party. Impeccably restored and decorated in painstaking detail, The Mansion is available for lodging and the carriage house now serves as the pro shop.
Lunch at the Pete Dye Mansion
Guests may enjoy lunch during the winter season at the exclusive Pete Dye Mansion. Specific dates to dine will be determined by the Golf Department depending on the weather. Carved into the hills of southern Indiana the course itself is lauded as scenic and one of the best legendary course-designer Pete Dye has created. The clubhouse is the converted and updated mansion that once belonged to Indianapolis Governor, Senator, and former owner of French Lick Springs Hotel, Thomas Taggart. Open from 11am to 3pm daily, to the general public, seating is limited therefore reservations are required and may be made by calling extension 4044 or 7219. The view, the food and the course makes this simply a lunch to Dye for!
Daily Tours to Pete Dye Mansion & Pro Shop Available April 1 through November 1
Guided daily twilight tours of the Pete Dye Mansion & Pro Shop are no charge for the tour but seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Please call French Lick Concierge (x7016) or West Baden Concierge (x4049) for departure times.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
To play the Pete Dye Course, you must be a guest of the Resort. To make an advanced tee off time, you must be a guest of the West Baden Springs Hotel.
The Pete Dye Course will be a golfing experience like no other in the country. The course, by Pete Dye's own admission, may be his absolute best work. It is not an experience for everyone, but for those who expect a unique, and challenge course, this one is at the top of the list. Price is $350 per person (7 days per week), plus a $30 forecaddie fee per person.
The views the course make this and Indiana golf treasure!
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
At The Pete Dye Course at French Lick, we believe that the game of golf is best experienced by having a caddie - truly, golf as it was meant to be. When you use a caddie, you're helping preserve a tradition of French Lick and the Western Golf Association, giving junior golfers in our community the opportunity to perform at the most premiere level. Bag fees and gratuities are paid directly to the caddie. You may charge the fee to your room or credit card in our golf shop. The amount of any gratuity is the sole discretion of the player. No one else may determine a gratuity, nor may anyone demand one. Our hope is that a caddie's performance will exceed your expectations.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
PETE DYE COURSE
2009 Best New Course Golf Digest
2009 Best New Course Golf Magazine
2009 Best New Course Links Magazine
2010 Indiana's Best Public Course Golf Magazine
2010 Best Course You Can Play Golf Digest
2010 Best Public Course Golfweek Magazine
2010 America's Top 100 Public (#28) Golf Digest
2011 America's Top 100 Public (#18) Golf Digest
2010 America's Best Casino Courses (#6) Golfweek Magazine
One of America's Longest Courses 8,102 Yards from Tips One of America's Highest USGA Ratings 80.0 One of America's Highest SLOPE Ratings 150
Host site 2010 PGA Professional National Championship Host Site 2012 Big Ten Golf Championship Host Site 2012 Indiana Open Host Site of the LPGA Legends World Challenge 2013 Host Site 2012, 2013, 2014 Big Ten Conference's Golf Championships Host Site 2010, 2011, 2012 Mid America Jr. Golf Championships
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
All 18 Holes!
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
This is a hard question because the course is constantly changing throughout the day and seasons. Any give hole could be your newest favor for a multiple of reasons. You just have to experience for yourself.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
For most of our guests it is the "Foursome Departure Gift" after the round, Woodford Reserve, and custom cigars making it a perfect ending for the day.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
From the back tees... 8102 yards
Jeff Overton, PGA 71 PGA tour
Craig Bowden, PGA 71 Nationwide Tour
Adam Marshall, PGA 71 Head golf Professional Valley Links at French Lick
Mike Small, PGA 65 43rd PGA Professional National Championship 2010
Back Tee Stats
The Pete Dye Course at French Lick
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN, 47432
(812) 936-8062 x4064
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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