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Golf Travel Guide To Lafayette-West Lafayette

An Interview With Emily Weisenberger, Sports Marketing Manager

By Brian Weis

Looking to plan the perfect golf trip to Lafayette-West Lafayette? Planning a buddies trip or a romantic golf getaway can be a full time job not to mention pressure filled to deliver a memorable experience. Below is an interview with Emily Weisenberger, Sports Marketing Manager who shares some insider information about golfing and traveling to Lafayette-West Lafayette, must play courses, a sample itinerary and where you can go for more planning tools.

Give our readers an overview of your destination and why they should consider it for their next golf trip?
Lafayette-West Lafayette is 63 miles northwest of Indianapolis and 105 miles southeast of Chicago. Our destination is the perfect central point between Chicago and Indianapolis. West Lafayette is home to Purdue University. This Big Ten college town has tons to offer with 8 golf courses, 2,500+ hotel rooms, great restaurants, exciting annual events and more.

What are the must play courses in Lafayette-West Lafayette?
Give the Pete Dye Trail a try at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.

The Ackerman-Allen Course, a Pete Dye design, is an 18-hole, parkland-style, championship golf course recently renovated in 2016. Mature hardwoods line this rolling hills layout, which added acreage to the old back-9 holes, expanding the footprint of the course.

The Kampen Course, a Pete Dye design, is an 18-hole, links-style, championship golf course featuring large bent-grass greens, fairways and tees. The layout presents a challenge for all abilities with vast sand bunkers, native grasslands, ponds, and a natural celery bog. Kampen has hosted the 2008 NCAA Championships, 2009 Women's Big Ten, and 2011 Men's Big Ten Championships. Consistently ranked as one of the best public courses in Indiana, Kampen is also recognized as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation. Golf Digest has awarded the Kampen Course 4.5 stars on its "Best Places to Play."

What is the hidden gem and/or best value course?
Battle Ground is a pristine, traditional golf course formally owned by Lafayette Country Club. Known as one of Indiana's finest private country clubs, it is now available to the public. The 18-hole course features mature trees, large sand bunkers, and receptive greens. The open feel that Battle Ground has gives golfers a chance to recover from every shot. A championship layout that is always in perfect condition and is truly Indiana's best golf value.

Coyote Crossing is an 18 hole, Hale Irwin designed Championship Golf Course. It is a course that golfers of all skill levels will find appealing. It also features a new clubhouse full of amenities. Visage GPS System on all carts. Awarded the 2000 Golf Digest ranking as the #1 Best New Affordable Course in Indiana, #7 in the Nation, the 2005 Indiana "Course of the Year" by the National Golf Course Owners Association, and a 4 1/2 star rating in Golf Digest's "Best Places to Play". Hale Irwin himself would agree, as he describes the course as, "Near perfect, with views of open meadows and mature wooded areas." Ranked #9 Best Value in America by Golf Advisor.

Can you provide our readers with an ideal itinerary for a long weekend?

After golf, what are the "must do" things or attractions to see?
Purdue University has a lot to offer Visitors with Purdue Sports, Events and more. Check out the over 100 pieces of Public Art throughout Lafayette and West Lafayette. Explore our downtown districts and enjoy local dining and shopping.

What is the best time to travel?
Fall is wonderful here in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area.

Anything else you would like to share about the Lafayette-West Lafayette?
Our area is the ideal golf destination with many things to do and see.

Where can golfers go for more information to research and plan their trip?

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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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