Golf Stay & Play 2017

Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!  Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; one image that comes into our heads is sand, sun and water.  Locals travel south to find their peace and quiet, while adventure, history, the arts and entertainment, and more, can be found in our own backyard. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to 144 holes of championship golf and “stay & play” packages!

Ackerman-Allen

Ackerman-Allen

It’s almost summer and we are celebrating by going golfing at our local golf courses and sharing how golfers can book awesome packages to our area. Our two great cities offer “Stay and Play” golf packages. Three easy steps and you have booked a fun, golf getaway.  First, golfers choose the courses where they want to golf.  Ackerman-Allen, Battle Ground Golf Club, Bello Terra, Coyote Crossing, Harrison Hills and the Kampen Course are all participating golf courses that offer great rates for booking a “stay and play” package.  The second step is picking the hotel that fits the individual or group’s needs.  Golfers can choose from the following hotels:  Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn & Suites, Four Points by Sheraton, Hampton Inn Lafayette, Hampton Inn West Lafayette, Homewood Suites, and Purdue Union Club Hotel. The last and final step is calling the hotel of choice and making the reservation. They will assist in booking tee times for all participants.

Homewood Suites

Homewood Suites

Just remember the three step rule; pick your course, pick your hotel, call the hotel to book!  We like to keep things simple and easy in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, to make your visit memorable and fun.

For more information about our golf courses, packages and more please visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Lafayette-West Lafayette Stay N’ Play

Ackerman- Allen

Ackerman- Allen

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!  Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; one image that comes into our heads is sand, sun and water.  Locals travel south to find their peace and quiet, while adventure, history, the arts and entertainment, and more, can be found in our own backyard. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to 144 holes of championship golf and “stay & play” packages!

Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing

It’s the middle of a glorious summer and we are celebrating by going golfing at our local golf courses and sharing how golfers can book awesome packages to our area. Our two great cities offer “Stay and Play” golf packages. Three easy steps and you have booked a fun, golf getaway.  First, golfers choose the courses where they want to golf.  Ackerman-Allen, Battle Ground Golf Club, Coyote Crossing, Harrison Hills and the Kampen Course are all participating golf courses that offer great rates for booking a “stay and play” package.  The second step is picking the hotel that fits the individual or group’s needs.  Golfers can choose from the following hotels:  Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn & Suites, Four Points by Sheraton, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, and Purdue Union Club Hotel. The last and final step is calling the hotel of choice and making the reservation.  They will assist in booking tee times for all participants.

Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott

Just remember the three step rule; pick your course, pick your hotel, call the hotel to book!  We like to keep things simple and easy in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, to make your visit memorable and fun.

For more information about our golf courses, packages and more please visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Outdoor Adventure Abounds in Lafayette – West Lafayette

On the banks of the Wildcat Creek, in Lafayette, you will find Clegg Memorial Gardens. Wildflowers, ravines, and natural surroundings make this a wonderful place to enjoy nature and take a breather from hectic schedules. Thirteen acres of bluebells, shooting stars, daffodils, redbud and dogwood trees greet the spring visitor. Summertime makes the shade a welcome relief as you travel the trails and, of course, nothing can rival the beauty of the fall colors.

Clegg Gardens

Clegg Memorial Gardens

Prophetstown State Park is located where the Tippecanoe River meets the Wabash River near the town of Battle Ground. Explore more than 10 miles of nature trails through tall grass prairie, wooded bluffs, alongside ponds, creeks and wetlands.

A wide variety of programs are offered from “Wildflowers of the Prairie” to “Birds of Prophetstown” hikes all year long.

Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park

Hiking the Wabash Heritage Trail is a great experience if you are a bird watcher, outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or enjoy wildlife or just taking a walk. It starts at the Tippecanoe Battlefield and follows the Wabash River for 18 miles to Fort Ouiatenon. A brochure is available listing parking areas, restroom facilities, picnic tables, and specific places of interest. Parts of the trail around Riehle Plaza and on the West Lafayette side are paved, and therefore easily accessible for all.

The West Lafayette Trail System consists of 27 miles of paved trails that connect with more than 10 miles of marked bicycle lanes. The Cattail, Northwest Greenway, and Wabash Heritage Trails have been designated National Recreation Trails by the U.S. Department of the Interior. These trails are managed for year-round recreation and use.

Lafayette’s Trail System consists of more than six miles of paved (and many more unpaved) trails within the city. Trails can be used for many activities including walking, running, biking, rollerblading and cross-country skiing.

2013 Century RideFOR WEB ONLY!Four off-road mountain bike dirt path trails are available: Haan Trail, McCormick Woods Trail, Murdock Park Trail and the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Trail. All except the Haan Trail are multi-use trails open to hikers, runners and mountain bikes.

Golf opportunities offer eight courses and eight different experiences. Challenge yourself to not one, but two, Pete Dye designed courses located right on Purdue University’s campus at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. These championship caliber courses have been home to many collegiate level tournaments including the Big 10 and the NCAA.

Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing

Hale Irwin worked his magic designing the ever popular Coyote Crossing Golf Course that boasts a 4.5 star rating by Golf Digest. A more traditional course can be played at the Battle Ground Country Club; this course is open to the public and is truly one of Indiana’s best golf values.

A quick and easy drive out of town will land you at the remarkable Harrison Hills Golf and Country Club. The rolling hills and mature trees will make you forget you were playing in the middle of corn fields in Indiana.

Three other unique courses open to the public include Edwood Glen Country Club, Golf Ravines, and the West Lafayette Country Club. Stay and play packages are available. Lafayette-WestLafayetteStayAndPlay.com

Visit HomeOfPurdue.com for more details on trails or golf in Lafayette – West Lafayette.

Catch the Vibe, Taste the Flavor!

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“A Good Sport Tour” Itinerary

IMG_0192Home to Big Ten Sports and home to local sports. Lafayette- West Lafayette is the perfect sized city for those individuals looking for a sports themed getaway. Three full days of adventure lie ahead of you in the “A Good Sport Tour” itinerary.

Day One: Start early out on the cool water of Wildcat Creek and enjoy a two-hour scenic trip from Wildcat Canoe and Kayak Too. After the relaxing ride, head to the hotel and check in and change before the rest of the day’s adventure. Enjoy a late lunch at Nine Irish Brothers. After you are refueled, head to bowl a few games at Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl. Test your luck at bowling, arcade games and pool at this fun bowling center. After you feel elated from bowling fun, head to dinner at Bruno’s in the Big O’s Sports Room. Finally, end your evening howling with the wolves at Wolf Park.

Wall climbing

Wall climbing

Day Two: Start your day at one of two Pete Dye designed golf courses: Purdue University Kampen Course or Ackerman-Allen.  Afterwards, head to the club house for a lunch to refuel. Staying on Purdue University’s campus, pop into the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center to test your strength on the 55- foot indoor climbing wall. Since you haven’t gotten enough air time, head over to Get Air Trampoline Park to jump your way to exhaustion. Spend your evening downtown Lafayette with dinner at DT Kirby’s. After a long day of play, recharge with a 911 burger such as the Grilled Cheese Burger or Da Bear Burger. Finally, head to Main Street Amusements to test your pinball skills before headed back to the hotel for the night.

Birck Boilermaker Complex at Purdue University

Birck Boilermaker Complex at Purdue University

Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf

Day Three: Enjoy the start to your final morning with a bus tour of Purdue’s athletic facilities and an inside tour of Mackey Arena where the Boilermakers play basketball. Then, head over the Haan Museum and explore the seven-mile intermediate bike trail. Enjoy your final meal at Lafayette Brewing Company, a local brewery. For the final round of competition, enjoy the spooky holes at Monster Mini Golf.

Hopefully you come out of this three-day sporting adventure with at least one victory under your belt. Until the next adventure, good game!

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Harrison Hills: A Hidden Gem You Can’t Miss!

Water Hole With Flag FarWe sat down to have a chat with Head Golf Professional, Michael W. Smith, about his golf course Harrison Hills. Harrison Hills is located in Attica, Indiana just outside of Tippecanoe County. This course is a hidden gem you won’t want to miss!

What are the course stats from the back tees (slope, rating, par and yardage)?

  • 6820 yards from the back tees
  • 72.6 rating/ 131 slope
  • Par 72

Can you provide our readers an overview of the golf course and property?

Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club has over 200 rolling acres of spectacular views on a 6820 yard championship golf course. This William Langford design has 18 holes of bent grass tees, fairways and greens that ensure you get a high quality golfing experience at a reasonable price. We have four sets of tee markers which allow for an enjoyable experience for all skill levels.  Known as the “Best kept secret in Indiana”, we are a must stop on your summer golf travel itinerary.

Water Hole w:sandWhat if someone was looking to golf in the area, why should they play your course?

We are known as the “Best kept secret in Indiana”, we are a must stop on your summer golf travel itinerary.

What tips or local knowledge would you provide to help them score better at your course?

Take a yardage book with you and play to the middle of the greens.

Any recent awards or what are you most proud of about the course?

We are continually ranked in the top 10 places to play in Indiana by Golfweek magazine.  I am most proud of the customer service that we provide to our customers and the positive feedback we get from them through reviews and compliments.

What is the signature, most talked about, or most photographed hole?

The signature hole on our course is the 15th hole.  There are two bunkers on both sides of the green that are 50 feet deep.  We have people hit shots from them to see if they can make it on the green (this is after they have already played the hole).

The most photographed hole/ area is 10 and 11.  With the oak groves and a small pond, this is a great photo op.

 What Is your favorite hole? Why? Any tips to play It?

My favorite hole is the 195 yard par 3 #12.  Its probably the most beautiful spot on the course.  You hit form within an amphitheater of old oaks to a slightly uphill green.  The green is protected on the right by a 20 foot drop off and deep bunker and the left front is protected by a huge over-hanging oak.  If you make sure to take enough club to get past the trouble and find the green you will have a great chance of making a birdie.

DSC01757Who holds course record and what was their score?

Brooks Snyder – 64

Michael can be contacted for more information or to book your tee time at proshop@harrisonhills.com or 765-762-1135. Be sure to also visit them online at www.harrisonhills.com.

Pete Dye tackles Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex

Kampen GC; July, 2010; AMNot one, but both Purdue University Golf Courses are designed by Pete Dye himself! What an incredible honor it is to say we have such an incredible destination for those serious golfers. Dan Ross, PGA Head Professional at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex took some time out of his busy day to speak about his courses. See his answers bolded in black.

Course Stats from The Back Tees (Slope, rating, par and Yardage)

  • Kampen Course                       76.5/146         PAR=72                       7465 YARDS
  • Ackerman-Allen Course          76.8/137         PAR=72                       7546 YARDS

Can you provide our readers with an overview of the course(s) and property?

The Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex features two Pete Dye Designed Golf Courses.  The Kampen Course, opened in 1998, has a links-style layout with strategically placed bunkers, native grasslands, man-made wetlands and large greens.  The course is named in honor of Emerson Kampen, and his support of Purdue Athletics.  Kampen has consistently been ranked as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation.  The Kampen Course has hosted numerous tournaments including the 2003 Women’s National Championship and the 2008 National Championship.

The Ackerman-Allen Course (formerly Ackerman Hills) was renovated in 2015 and will open in the spring of 2016.  Ackerman-Allen was also reshaped by Pete Dye, but this course will remain a parkland-style course.  The Ackerman course of old had some rich history, including the site of the 1961 National Championship, won by our very own Purdue Boilermakers.  You might even recognize the individual winner that year, none other than the great Jack Nicklaus!  The enhanced Ackerman-Allen design is likely to be pleasing to the multitudes, as there will be 7 sets of tees, giving a unique challenge to those of every skill level.

One of the best features of both courses is that they are completely open to the public!

If someone was looking to golf in the area, why should they play at your course(s)?

The combination of the design and course layout, coupled with the attention to detail and course conditions is what typically sets us apart from other golf courses, and makes the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex a facility that any golfer should visit when in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area.

What tips or local knowledge would you provide golfers to help them score better at your course(s)?

For the Kampen Course the best piece of information that I can give anyone pertains to the greens.  Pete Dye is the master of subtlety.  The greens often times look like they have a lot of break in them, however, the break is typically less than what you might read.  Therefore, I try to advise golfers to play about ½ the break that they see on the greens.  In fact, when in doubt, don’t give up the hole.

Ackerman-Allen has yet to be played; however, I can give one piece of advice, make sure that you play from the proper set of tees.  The back two sets of tees on the Ackerman-Allen course rate harder than the back two sets of tees from the Kampen Course.  That being said, the rest of the tees on Ackerman-Allen rate easier than their counterparts on the Kampen Course.

Any recent awards or what you are most proud of about the course(s)?

  • Kampen – 4 ½ stars out of 5 Golf Digest Rating
  • 2008 National Championship Site
  • 2004 Indiana State Open Site
  • 2003 Women’s National Championship Site

What is the signature, most talked about, or most photographed hole?

It is hard to pick one hole, however, #6 is probably the most talked about or photographed hole because of the length (604 from back tee) and the way it wraps around the celery bog on the right side of the hole.

What is your favorite hole? Why? And any tips to play it?

My favorite hole is #18 and it is one of the toughest.  #18 is a 484-yard, par-4 where you’re generally hitting into the wind. You have an intimidating tee shot because trees surround the box creating somewhat of a chute-shot.” Down the fairway, there’s a tree to the right, with a large bunker to the left. You’re hitting to a large, elevated green, protected by bunkers and Out-of-Bounds to the left.   Best advice is to stay down the right side of the fairway, and then aim to the left side of the green to avoid the large bunkers on the right side of the green.

Must Have Dish or Drink at the 19th Hole?

On the weekends we grill burgers, and these are very popular.

Who holds course record and what was their score?

Jorge Campillo, Johan Edin and Caine Webber all three shot 63 from the Black Tees

Situated right on Purdue University’s campus, Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is the ideal location to test your skills on two different Pete Dye courses. Visit Lafayette-WestLafayetteStayAndPlay.com to book your package! With our numerous shops, restaurants and attraction, your trip to this Big Ten town will make you say Boiler Up!

Coyote Crossing: Hale-Irwin designed Championship Golf Course Offering Visage GPS System

SONY DSCKnown for it’s beautiful landscape, Coyote Crossing is an 18 hole, Hale-Irwin designed Championship Golf Course. Shane Weist is the General Manager at Coyote Crossing. Wanting to gain more knowledge on this beautiful complex, we asked Shane to take some time out his day to answer a few questions for us about his beloved property. Please check out his answers bolded in black.

Provide Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property?

Coyote Crossing was designed to incorporate all the natural terrain of this Northwest Indiana site. Located on 175 acres within easy access from Interstate 65 and the greater Lafayette area, the course is enhanced with lakes and Burnett’s Creek, which meanders through the property. The scenic beauty of the area becomes an integral part of the Hale Irwin Design course.

A public golf course, Coyote Crossing has appeal for all golfers. With five sets of tees on every hole, the course will offer a challenge for players of all caliber. Irwin describes the terrain as “near perfect, with views of open meadows to mature wooded areas”. Yardage of the par 72 layout is 6839 yards from the exhibition markers to 4881 yards from the forward tees.

SONY DSCIf Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?

Coyote Crossing offers a different golf experience than any other facility in the area.  It is very scenic and offers fun to golfers of all ages and skill level.  Each hole produces a new challenge and beautiful scenery!

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?

The great benefit to playing Coyote Crossing is we are the only course in the are a with a state of the art Visage GPS System.  This shows you the layout of the hole and gives you your yardages to the green.  Most of the hazards are right before your eyes.  The key to playing this course well is not always length, but accuracy.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?

Coyote Crossing has received numerous awards over the years. A few of our more notable ones include:

  • 4 ½ Stars Golf Digests “Places to Play”
  • Indiana’s 2005 “Course of the Year”
  • National Golf Course Owners Association
  • #1 in Indiana and #7 Nationally as “The Best New Affordable Public Course”
  • 2001 Golf Digests “Best New Courses”
  • Golf Advisor’s “#9 Best Value in America”
  • Lafayette Journal and Courier 6 Time “Tippecanoe County Best Golf Course”

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?

Hole #8.  It is a beautiful 179 yard par 3 that is designed after “Amen Corner” at Augusta.  It is an elevated tee down to a green surrounded on two sides by water.  Just a very peaceful setting!

Must Have Dish or Drink at your snack shop?

We have been known to serve the best Cheeseburgers and Bloody Mary’s in Tippecanoe County.  We have people that frequent our course just to partake in these fabulous offerings!

SONY DSCWho Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?

The course record in competition from the black tees is Travis Smith (66) Terre Haute South High School

We are proud to say that Coyote Crossing is one of our favorite courses in Tippecanoe County. Next time you are in our area, whether it is for leisure or business, stop by to see the scenic environment and play on the course that has something to offer for all skill levels. It is the perfect place to play the next time you are in Boilermaker Country!

Visit Lafayette-WestLafayetteStayAndPlay.com to book your very own package today!

Another Jewel for the Pete Dye Trail

FullSizeRenderNot too long ago, Amanda Gordon, past Sports Marketing and Recreation Director for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, and I had a very special treat.  We received a private, and highly informative tour of the newest Pete Dye designed course, The Ackerman-Allen, right here on the campus of Purdue University.  Our tour guide, Glenn Tompkins, Senior Associate Director of Athletics, has been closely associated with the project from it’s inception and his insights proved invaluable.  Glenn’s narrative brought the course to life.  By the end of the tour I could hear the crack of the club on the ball and feel the grass under my feet (I have a great imagination).

The experience left me speechless and the views left me breathless.  What a lay-out.  You are gonna love playing the Ackerman-Allen.  Construction was ongoing, but what we saw and heard was, frankly, incredible.  It’s hard to believe, but in just a few short months there will be two outstanding Pete Dye courses on Purdue University campus.  The Pete Dye Trail courses will be a ‘must play’ destination for every golfer of every skill level.

This Pete Dye redesigned course will have five tee boxes on each hole, along with bent grass on the greens, fairways, and tee boxes.  The rough will be bluegrass, and of course, the golfer will see plenty of railroad ties highlighting the water areas.  The course length, for the Big-Hitters, will be 7,432 yards, whereas the middle tees (white) will be 6,279.  We Senior golfers will find success at approximately 5,900 yards.  The five tee-boxes will give all golfers, regardless of age and ability, the opportunity to pick their distance and increase their chances for success.  The course is contained within 150 acres of beautiful rolling hills, stunning views, welcoming fairways, and exciting pin placements.  You are gonna love this course!

Every tree that was removed during the redesign will be replaced with two plus trees once the construction is completed.  Additionally, golfers will find, located between the first and tenth tee boxes, a permanent structure containing a concession stand and restrooms.

The four ending holes are simply spectacular.  A par five, two par fours, and a welcoming par three will leave a lasting impression on the golfer and lure him/her back for more.  A late spring or early summer opening of this jewel is the goal, and based on what we saw, it is going to happen.  Hope to see you there.  Bring your camera and keep hitting them long.

Larry Preo, who is passionate about the wonderful golf courses in our community, shares this blog about why you should make Lafayette-West Lafayette your next “Golfing Destination“!

Harrison Hills, One of Indiana’s ‘Hidden Gems’

1Just south, and a little west of Lafayette, one finds Attica, the home of one of the state’s hidden golf gems, Harrison Hills Golf and County Club.  Truly a discovery that should be on every golfers list.  In a good summer, I ‘discover’ it four or five times!  What a treat it is.

This four star Golf Digest rated course was originally designed by William Langford in 1924, and updated/redesigned by Tim Liddy in 1995.  It is, quite frankly, some of the best work by both of these outstanding golf course designers.  Do you like wide open fairways where you can grip-it-and-rip it?  You’ve come to the right place.  Do you like dramatic elevation shifts between tee and green?  You’ve come to the right place.  How about blind tee shots to the green of a par three?  You’ve come to the right place.  How about water from tee to green on back to back holes?  Again, you’ve come to the right place.  It never gets boring during a round at Harrison Hills.  I am a real fan of this course, and I believe once you’ve played it, you’ll want to come back again and again.

BattleGround2015Harrison Hills is ranked by GolfWeek Magazine as the ‘Third Best Affordable Golf Course in Indiana‘, making it an easy decision to come back early and often.  The course is spread out over 200 acres of just about every sort of terrain imaginable.  The bent grass tees, greens, and fairways allows for consistent play throughout the round, and helps create confidence in your club selection. The staff at HH does a terrific job of maintaining all aspects of the course, including the strategically placed bunkers.  Yes Virginia, there are bunkers on every hole!

Harrison Hills has four tee boxes to fit the game of all skill levels.  The longest par five, number seven, from the big hitters Black Tees, is 646 yards.  We seniors get a break on this hole and only face a distance of 487 yards.  It is good to be a Senior.  The four par threes are all of reasonable length, regardless of the tee box location, and one only has to navigate water on one of  them (hole #2).

bg2It’s hard to pick my favorite hole(s) on this course, but I find I keep coming back to holes ten and eleven.  This is the point during play that one begins to notice that the wide-open spaces of the first eight holes are beginning to narrow and there begins the serious introduction of trees, trees, and more trees.  Ten and eleven are both short par fours, but each is narrow with water on the left, lots of water, and a good stand of tall trees on the right.  A picture of these holes are in the dictionary next to the term “Hit ’em long and straight”.  You are gonna love playing this course!

Harrison Hills is a short thirty-five minute drive from the greater Lafayette area.  Lots of close parking, a beautiful Clubhouse, and amenities make for a fun day of golf and fellowship.

2Take care and hit ’em long and straight.

Larry Preo, who is passionate about the wonderful golf courses in our community, shares this blog about why you should make Lafayette-West Lafayette your next “Golfing Destination“!

Hit ’em Long and Keep Your Head Down – Battle Ground Golf Club

bg2Just north of Lafayette, nestled amongst the rolling hills and cornfields of Battle Ground, one discovers the Battle Ground Golf Club, a course well worth the short drive from Lafayette.  It is always in excellent condition, and playing it is one of the state’s best golf values.  BGCC was once owned by the Lafayette Country Club and is now open to the public.  It has maintained that Country Club feel of understated beauty and class.

Parking is plentiful and the practice range is close by and handy.  After your round of golf, you’ll find a bar and grill, and inside/outside seating upon which to watch others finish their round (with birdies and pars).

BattleGround2015Do you like wide fairways and forgiving greens?  If so, Battle Ground Golf Course is the place for you.  Please don’t misunderstand.  BGGC is a traditional course with all the challenges and opportunities you’ll find elsewhere.  But what makes this layout special, and makes you want to come back, again and again, is that you feel you have a chance to do well, and will keep coming back to prove it!

Golfers are greeted by mature trees, wide fairways, and forgiving blue grass rough.  Oh, did I mention water?  BGGC has some strategically located, and if one is not careful, you’ll find it off the tee box on three separate holes.  Be careful out there!

There are multiple tee boxes from which to choose, and the yardage is more than fair for each skill level.  Designers Bob Simmons and Tim Liddy, using bent grass throughout, did an excellent job in crafting a fair, yet challenging golf course.  You’ll enjoy the experience and want to return on a regular basis!

Hit ’em long and keep your head down.

Larry Preo, who is passionate about the wonderful golf courses in our community, shares this blog about why you should make Lafayette-West Lafayette your next “Golfing Destination“!