“Fore!” – Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club

Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club is a spectacular championship style golf course with more than 200 rolling acres of spectacular views. This William B. Langford designed golf course opened in 1924 and has been leaving unforgettable memories with golfers for decades due to its unique layout.The course has been designed to be enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels, but can be challenging if you play from the tips. Hole #10 can be especially challenging, but the view from the tee box on this hole is breathtaking. A small pond protects the entire left side and there are huge trees to the right of this very demanding Par 4. A good tee shot to the middle of this fairway will bring you a sigh of relief. The relatively flat green has subtle slopes making it tough to get your approach close. Hitting the middle of this green does not even assure you a two putt. Stay away from the “other” and move on.

Making a jump to hole #15, this uphill, dogleg right, has been the signature hole since it was built in 1924. A blind landing zone with OB that seems to creep in from the left requires a smart tee shot. Play your tee shot to the 100 yard marker, but get a good look at the pin from the tee as a blind second shot awaits to this elevated green. Two of the deepest bunkers you will ever see guard the right and left sides of this narrow, undulating green. A huge hill in the middle of this green dissects the front and back. Choose your approach yardage wisely.

The one wise thing you can do, is to come out and play Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club. Head for the hills sometime this summer to enjoy an unforgettable round of golf! Corey, Sports Marketing Manager, shares this blog.

For more information about this golf course, and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Unforgettable Golf at Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing Golf Club offers an unforgettable golfing experience to players of all skill levels. This Hale Irwin designed golf course opened in 2000 and has garnered spectacular reviews, including a 4 ½ star rating from Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” Offering breathtaking views of both open meadows and mature wooded areas, every hole presents a unique challenge.

Driving your golf cart up to the tee box on hole nine, my personal favorite, you see a heavily guarded fairway and realize you’re in for a fun challenging hole. Your tee shot appears daunting as you stare down a chute that has wooded area to your left and several more trees to your right. The window to squeeze your shot into the landing zone is very small to set-up the perfect approach shot. Many golfers will choose to lay-up here to play it safe, but I always end up going for it, even though it gets me in trouble more times than not. Once you get through the trees, you have scenic approach shot into a large green that is surrounded by large bunkers on every side, a pond to your left and the clubhouse in the background.

This championship course offers its own twist and turns on every hole to keep you on your toes. Once you get a taste of this challenging, yet rewarding golf course, you will be back for more.

Corey Davis, Sports Marketing Manager for VLWL, shares this blog. For more information about this golf course and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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!

Disc Golf in Lafayette-West Lafayette

_DRS5334It’s summer and you know what that means! It’s time to head outside and enjoy all of our fantastic local disc golf courses!

Purdue University has a great 18-hole course. It starts at that base of Slayter Hill Performing Arts Center and wraps around the intramural fields.

Faith Community Center offers a course designed for either 9 or 18-hole play. Discs are available for checkout at the front desk along with a course map and scorecard. There is no charge to play but there is a $5 replacement fee for any discs that are lost.

_DRS5642Murdock Park offers a fun but challenging 18-hole course. Eleven holes are through the rolling hills, trees, and mowed grass. Two par fours then lead you into a five-hole section of tightly wooded technical holes.

The Wabash Washout at McAllister Park is the newest disc golf course. It’s a longer more open course that is surrounded by cart paths and ponds. It’s a great place to challenge yourself and have fun with friends and family.

Get out and play disc golf this summer!  For more information about these courses and other recreational activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Amanda, Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

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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