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Ackerman Hills Renovation - Q&A

By Brian Weis

Ackerman Hills announced their renovation plans scheduled for 2014 under the direction of renowned golf course architect Pete Dye.

Why is the course being renovated?
The upgrades will modify the course to make it more appealing to a wider range of players while maintaining its current parkland style and addressing several agronomic issues and a deteriorating irrigation system. Furthermore, the upgraded course will be a practice and competition resource for Purdues nationally ranked golf programs, with the entire Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex ranking second to none among collegiate facilities.

What is the timetable for the project?
The project will begin on the western-most nine holes during the late summer or early fall of 2014, allowing the nine eastern holes to remain playable through the end of the 2014 football season. The entire course will be closed in 2015 and reopen during the late spring of 2016.

Will football game-day parking be affected?
Football game-day parking will not be affected and will, in fact, be enhanced by the upgrades to the course drainage.

Who is designing the upgrades?
Pete Dye, regarded as the father of modern golf course architecture, has agreed to donate his design services. He previously designed the Kampen Course at Purdue, which is widely regarded as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation, having hosted the 2003 NCAA Womens Championships and the 2008 NCAA Mens Championships.

What is the Pete Dye Trail?
The Pete Dye Trail presently consists of seven golf courses throughout Indiana, including Purdues Kampen Course, and combines challenging courses and unique destinations.

Revised: 06/11/2014 - Article Viewed 31,391 Times - View Course Profile

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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