Challenge Yourself at Kampen Golf Course

IMG_0145If you’re looking for a golf course that will challenge you at every facet of your golf game, play the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. This Pete Dye designed golf course that opened in 1998 presents a challenge for golfers of all abilities with vast sand bunkers, native grasslands, ponds and a natural celery bog.

All of these come into play on hole #6, personally my favorite to play. The 6th hole is a long par 5 that forces you to play the left side as there is constant danger on the right. Your approach shot to the green is incredibly difficult as you face a long bunker to the right and another bunker protecting the back side of the green. Good luck!

kampen_CThe scary part is this hole pales in comparison to #18 in level of difficulty. #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.

Each hole presents its own challenge on Kampen, but I promise it is worth the number of golf balls you are bound to lose. Each picturesque hole is a testament to the seemingly limitless number of challenges any given round can present.

For more information about our 8 great golf courses, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Corey Davis, Sports Marketing Manager for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, shares this blog.

Golf Stay and Play: Lafayette-West Lafayette

When you combine spectacular courses, Stay & Play Packages and a golf trail to “Dye” for, you have a perfect formula for a great golf getaway! Check out this video showcasing Lafayette-West Lafayette’s 6 spectacular courses.  Enjoy!

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.

“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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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!

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“!

Congrats to our Hole in One Golf Adventure Contest 2015 Winner!

We have the winner of our Hole in One Golf Adventure Contest 2015 worth over $400! Congratulations to Wenwei from Duluth, Georgia. She shares, “Oh my, I can’t believe I really won. I also need to thank Pete Dye to win this contest! 🙂 We are very thrilled of this contest. With our first born child going to Purdue this year ( I will accompany him to move in next Monday), we are trying to find all the info for this area. We are really honored to win this prize. We were just discussed over the weekend what will my Purdue Freshman do during the Thanksgiving break with so short of break. Now with the prize, we will be really happy to plan our trip, drive all the way to visit him.”

She answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was:

QUESTION: What famous golf course designer is currently redesigning the Ackerman Hills Golf Course?

Wenwei answered Pete Dye which is correct!

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting this fall!

Big Hitters: Take the Challenge at Pete Dye Designed Kampen Golf Course

fairway, bunkers, h2oThere are many reasons to visit the Greater Lafayette area, but for those of us who love to golf, one of the top reasons is to play the Pete Dye designed Kampen Course, located in the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, on the edge of the Purdue University campus.   This four and one half star Golf Digest rated course has it all:  pro-shop, driving range, clubhouse, grill, rental clubs, ample parking, and oh so easy to get to.  In addition to the Golf Digest ranking, the Kampen Course is considered one of the top collegiate courses in the nation.  The Big 10 and the NCAA have held their Championships here in the past, and each time Kampen has lived up to it’s reputation as a challenging, yet fair golf course.

golferandclubhouseOnce you’ve played this Pete Dye course, you find that you’re anxious to play it again.  This is due to the widely held belief that the next time you play it, you’ll score much better.  Right.  That’s certainly what I tell myself, over and over again, especially after my sixth or seventh effort of the year.  What I’ve discovered; however, is that the course does not change after multiple plays.  What has to change is how one approaches and plays this links style layout.  What a concept!  I’ve learned to trust the yardage markers; to trust the roll of the ball along these beautiful fairways; and perhaps most important, to trust the ”risk-reward” formula that governs shot and club selection.  To do well on a Pete Dye designed course is a career highlight; to crash and burn for lack of patience, is to be welcomed into my world!

BunkersI’ve learned three things on this bent grass course:  #1 – golf balls ricochet off the Pete Dye Railroad ties, usually into the water or a bunker; #2 – waste areas, even though you may ground your club, are just as difficult to get out of as are fairway bunkers; and #3 – that there are few courses, anywhere, that are as beautiful, and as fun to play, as Kampen.  Period.

Kampen has five tee boxes to accommodate all skill levels and an abundance of yardage markers to assist in club selection.  Big hitters get to test their metal at just over 7400 yards, whereas the seniors, bless their hearts, take their best shot at just over 6000 yards.

Kampen Course - waterOne unique feature of this Kampen course is that all four par threes play over, or alongside, water.  Three other holes have water that impact your club and shot selection, one being a par four and two being long par fives.  BTW, the two par fives on the back have the Big Hitters looking at more than 600 years on each.  Hello Kampen!

coolpondholeshotWhen you come to play Kampen, give yourself a little extra time so you can tour Purdue University, a world renowned institution that is as serene and inviting as the golf course.  Keep your head down and keep hitting ’em 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“!

It’s Spring! Rejoice with a Game of Golf!

Golfing at Purdue!

Golfing at Purdue!

Today is SPRING!! Spring in Indiana means the snow is gone, the sun is out and golf season is here. Anyone feel like shouting halleluiah? We do! Let’s rejoice by grabbing our golf clubs and taking a swing at life by heading to one of our 162 holes of golf.

My husband, Marc, shares the best thing about spring is getting out on the course with his buddies for a friendly yet competitive game of golf. He said the local courses in Lafayette-West Lafayette are challenging yet diverse as they allow for beginners through advanced golfers. He would rate himself as an intermediate golfer and is happy playing at all of the courses. Many of the courses have a wide range of amenities from GPS systems in golf carts, PGA instruction, pro shops, driving ranges and banquet facilities.

Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing

With spring in the air, you may already have plans for other outdoor adventure this weekend, but one suggestion so you don’t miss out on all of our wonderful golf this year is to book a “Stay and Play” golf package for this upcoming summer and fall. Three easy steps and you have booked a fun, golf getaway.  First, golfers choose the courses where they want to golf. Battle Ground Golf Club, Coyote Crossing, Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club 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: Best Western, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn & Suites, Four Points by Sheraton, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn City Centre, 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.

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.

Get out and golf!! It’s a fun sport that is great for all ages. For more information about all of our golf courses, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Golf Stay and Play 2014! Lafayette-West Lafayette

Hole 18 at Purdue Kampen Course

Hole 18 at Purdue Kampen Course

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 162 holes of championship golf and “stay & play” packages!

Let’s celebrate! It is April 11! After this grueling winter we need to rejoice that spring is here.  This also means our local golf courses are geared up for golfers to come and compete with their friends and family in the traditional sport of golf.  My father, husband and father in-law are all avid golfers.  They are competitive, yet enjoy just going out on the courses, hitting balls and having fun.  They have shared that the courses in the area are enjoyable, yet challenging.  My husband said golf helps him to unwind after a week of busy, stressful work and it gives him a chance to hang out with his buddies and relax.

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 Hills, 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: Best Western, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn & Suites, Four Points by Sheraton, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn City Centre, 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.

Harrison Hills

Harrison Hills

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.