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Getting To Know: Purgatory Golf Club

Getting To Know: Purgatory Golf Club

An Insightful Interview With Aaron Konold, General 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 Aaron Konold 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
Built on over 218 acres, Purgatory is the jewel of northern Indianapolis golf! The secluded yet accessible (just off IN-37) property boasts championship golf at its finest. The longest course in Indiana from the back tees (with the longest hole in Indiana being the 741 yd par-5 13th) and one of the shortest from the forward tees at 4,562 yards, Purgatory has redefined the championship golf experience to make it inclusive for players of all levels. The course epitomizes risk and reward golf, allowing the player to determine the degree of difficulty through offering high risk/high reward shot opportunities alongside more straightforward approaches to each hole. Golfers of every handicap will enjoy their time spent in Purgatory, time which is always well rewarded.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Purgatory's open links-style course features tall grasses, fingering bunkers, challenging greens, and beautifully manicured fairways, all which combine to form the most unique golfing experience in the state. The views and shot-making situations presented to the golfer exceed those available anywhere else in the area.

Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
Purgatory is in the middle of a bunker reconstruction/renovation process.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Purgatory was named the 87th Greatest Public Course in the United States by Golf Digest.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The par-3 17th hole (named "Hell's Half Acre") is the course's shortest hole at 173 yards from the Purgatory tees, but is surrounded by over 2 acres in bunkers. The picturesque green in the middle of a sea of sand is a view not reminiscent of any typical Indiana golf course.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
The fourth hole is a challenging, yet fair par-4 situated on the back of the property. The elevation change from the tee to the sloping left-to-right fairway below, then again to the elevated green, protected by a false front and drop-off area to the right has a real Augusta National feel.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Prior to stepping onto the golf course, Purgatory's 32oz 16-ingredient Bloody Mary is a must, as well as the BBQ menu at the new Confessional Smokehouse Bar & Grill. The smells from smoker on the back patio are always complimentary.

For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
Purgatory is fifteen minutes away from the newer Hamilton Town Center in Noblesville, just off I-69. Hamilton Town Center features retail shopping, fabulous restaurants, and plenty of hotel options.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7754
Slope: 140
Rating: 77.6

More Information
Purgatory Golf Club
12160 E 216th St
Noblesville, Indiana, 46060

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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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