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.

Fairways, Food & Fun Contest 2018 Details

Swing into spring with our Fairways, Food & Fun Contest!  Enter to win this awesome contest worth over $500! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Battle Ground Golf Club is a pristine, traditional 18-hole golf course featuring mature trees, large sand bunkers, and receptive greens. The open feel that Battle Ground has gives golfers a chance to recover from every shot.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette East is everything you could ask for in first class accommodations! 6 stories, 128 guest rooms, including 10 suites. They will welcome you at check in with a warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie!
  • Igloo: The Igloo Frozen Custard takes you back in time with their famous frozen custard, fruit drinks, and flavored sodas. Visit to try your favorite flavor and experience the old time diner atmosphere.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Burger with spread of peanut butter on it besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Want to enjoy some of the freshest Greek food in town? Check out Parthenon Greek American Grill serving authentic gyros, hummus & baklava.
  • Light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails. Where? Town & Gown Bistro
  • Give your tastebuds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • Arni’s: To experience “Hoosier Hospitality” at its finest visit Arni’s where the food is delicious and the service is exceptional. Arni’s is a staple in the Lafayette area. This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads, etc. has been serving the community since 1965.
  • Almost every weekend a special head-lining band performs at Indiana’s “oldest bar”, the Knickerbocker Saloon, to provide its guests an evening of musical entertainment and fun. A favorite of the locals and visitors as well gather together for camaraderie, delicious beer and great music.
  • Where can you find traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting in Lafayette-West Lafayette? Nine Irish Brothers
  • Split a “Pitcher and a Pie” with a friend and cheer on your favorite team while watching the game at Professor Joe’s Sports Pub & Pizzeria.
  • The prairies come alive with color in summer at Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park. The park offers camping, swimming, hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife observation, and more.
  • Home to chickens, pigs, cows, horses, this farm will bring smiles to your face and enjoyment for all. Bring the family out for an up close and personal tour of The Farm at Prophetstown, with possibly a personal trolley ride through the prairie.
  • Monster Mini Golf: Check out Monster Mini Golf, an indoor 18-hole glow in the dark golf course. Along with mini golf, there are some arcade games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey table and ticket redemption games such as ice ball. While there are monsters all around the course, none of them jump out at you!
  • Taste of Tippecanoe: Food, music, and a night on the town – sounds like the recipe for a perfect evening! Enjoy the TASTE of Tippecanoe on June 16th!

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com. Good luck!

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.

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.

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“!

A Hole in One Golf Adventure Contest 2015

Click on the image to view the Contest Video!

Click on the image to view the Contest Video!

A Hole in One Golf Adventure Contest 2015! Birdies, bogies, burgers, beer and more! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a fun golf weekend with your buddies. You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $400 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops, golf courses and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special winner. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

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

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and pick a random winner from among the correct answers.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, August 3, 2015 at 12pm. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

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Gets into Your Blood sort of Golf Course – Coyote Crossing

DSC03299We are excited to announce we have a new guest blogger, Larry Preo, who is passionate about the wonderful golf courses in our community. He is going to share why you should make Lafayette-West Lafayette your next “Golfing Destination“! Make sure you check back to our blog as he will be writing about each of our golf courses (8) and what makes each course so unique.  Larry shares:

cc15Every once in a while I find a golf course that seems to get into my blood.  By that I mean …  as soon as I walk off the 18th green, I am making plans to play the course again.  What’s that all about?  Coyote Crossing is one of those unique courses.  Not only is it a four and one-half star Golf Digest rated course, it is reasonably priced, easy to get to, and is managed and maintained in an outstanding fashion.  What’s not to like?

Coyote Crossing2Hale Irwin designed Coyote and did a super job.  This Championship course can be played, and enjoyed, by golfers of every skill level.  The five tee locations make the course challenging, yet fair.  I love it that Senior golfers, like myself, can play at about 5500 yards, whereas the Big-Hitters get to slug it out at approximately 6850 yards.  Bent Grass tees, fairways, and greens gives all of us a consistent feel and fair bounces.  Burnett Creek, which snakes throughout the course, keeps the golfer on his/her toes.  That said, I don’t believe the creek overly dominates one’s club and shot selections.  Add to Burnett Creek the four well placed ponds, and you’ll find yourself thinking carefully before wailing away when looking down these beautiful and challenging fairways.  Did I mention that I love this course?

I believe Coyote has a great combination of water, bunkers, well maintained fairways and rough (and some nasty-nasty long rough), change of elevation holes, and friendly rangers.  Oh, and each cart comes with the Visage GPS system.  You’ll find yourself thanking management for that critical addition to the golf experience, given that there is water on more than half the holes.  The Club House has a well stocked pro shop, kitchen, and bar.  One can order food and drink from your cart (GPS system) at the ninth tee box and pick it up at the turn on your way to the tenth tee box.  Very handy and user friendly.

The last four holes are a real treat.  You get the opportunity to play four very differently designed holes, as well as playing a par three, two par fours, and one par five.  Throw in water, well placed bunkers, wide and narrow fairways, and beautiful views.  That all comes together to make you feel good about finishing, regardless of your score.  What’s not to love?

DSC03288Coyote is tucked in just north of West Lafayette, with easy access off Interstate 65.  I can’t wait to play it again.  So, keep your head down and hit ’em long.  Good luck and take care.

Larry retired as the Executive Director of the Purdue Alumni Association in 2004, after serving for 16 years in that role.  Prior to that he served as the Director of the Division of Recreational Sports (the Co-Rec).  While Larry also served as the Director of Athletics at St. Louis University he is a loyal Purdue Alumni who sweated it out on the football field and still bleeds black and gold.  He continues to spend some time working with the Alumni Association and volunteers for the board of directors for Honor Flight.