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 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.

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.

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“!

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.

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.

New Year’s Resolutions Tips 2015!

Wolfgang at Wolf Park

Wolfgang at Wolf Park

Happy New Year!  It’s that time of year where we think about everything we want to accomplish and create to make 2015 as dashingly wonderful as 2014. It’s resolution time!!  What’s your New Year’s Resolution this year? Or do you have it set yet? We have some wonderful New Year’s resolution tips that we think are fun and a great way to get out and create a little magic in 2015!

  1. Head to 5 local restaurants that have a diverse array of food options. Go outside your comfort zone and try something new and different on the menu. Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to over 250 restaurants and we are sure there is some place new you have always wanted to venture to.

    Try Hot and Spicy Seafood at Gaza Korean Grill - And yes, that is an Octopus!!

    Try Hot and Spicy Seafood at Gaza Korean Grill – And yes, that is an Octopus!!

  2. Plan a weekend getaway last minute to a location you have never visited but have always had a passion to explore. Wintertime blues can hit mid February so a last minute trip can really lift the spirits! If you have never visited Lafayette-West Lafayette put us on your list! We are home to a vibrant downtown, specialty attractions, beautiful hotels and more.
  3. Learn to play golf! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 162 holes of championship golf and with a golf club in hand; you can take on these master courses!
  4. Visit a one of a kind attraction! Wolf Park is a great choice and all year long you can howl with the wolves where you learn about how the wolves interact with each other and humans. Check out our website for a list of all of our attractions: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/whattodo.html.
  5. Visit a Big Ten University! Boiler up and head to Purdue University where you will feel the vibrant glow of learning, the rush of excitement as Purdue wins a sporting event and the beauty of this magnificent college.

Please share with us your New Year’s resolutions this year. We want to hear! If you haven’t been to Lafayette-West Lafayette, we are a fabulous location to add to your list. Or if you have been here, we would love to welcome you back!

For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette visit 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.