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The Links at Rising Star Casino & Resort

Getting To Know: The Links at Rising Star Casino & Resort

An Insightful Interview With Jumpei (J.P) Okuda, Golf Course Manager

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 Jumpei (J.P) Okuda 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
The Links at Rising Star Casino Resort is Southern Indiana's only true Scottish links-style golf course. This Tim Liddy designed gem features gently rolling bent grass fairways and greens nestled among traditional long waste bunkers, winding lakes and heather rough. Many holes boast panoramic views of the Ohio River Valley.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Southern Indiana's only true Scottish links-style golf course. Indiana's first riverboat Casino and new hotels just a minutes away.
Always in great condition and average pace of play is under 4 hours includes weekends.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Club selection. recommend use one or half less clubs for all approach shot. All putts does not break more than you think. Be aggressive on short putts.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Voted 2nd best Indiana Casino Golf Course by Southern Gaming Magazine.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole #3. Par 5 - 541 yards from the back tees. 486 yards from Regular tees. Great risk and rewards 2nd shot. All approaches are guarded by lakes and sand traps but Good tee shots gives you an advantage reaching this hole in two.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
#18. Awesome finishing hole. Tee shots Plays into the wind. Approach shots plays uphill and guarded by deep sand traps. Par is a great score.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Signature Angus Beef Hamburger and Double bogie beer special.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Tim Cook - 64

Back Tee Stats
Par: 71
Yardage: 6853
Slope: 131
Rating: 73.5

More Information
The Links at Rising Star Casino & Resort
777 Rising Star Drive
Rising Sun, IN 47040

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, 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 In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and 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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