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GolfWeek Selects French Lick Among Best Resort Courses

By Brian Weis

French Lick Resort, the award winning resort destination located in southern Indiana, continues to earn national recognition from the country's leading golf publications.

The latest accolade comes from Golfweek magazine, which included both of the resort's courses among its prestigious annual ranking of Best Resort Courses. The new Pete Dye course, which opened this year, is ranked No. 27 and the 92-year-old Donald Ross course checks in at No. 71, according to the magazine's course raters.

Golfweek magazine' listing of top resort courses is in its annual issue of the Definitive Guide to the Golf Life, published this month.

"We are very honored to have both the Pete Dye course and our historic Donald Ross course make Golfweek's prestigious top resort courses list," said Dave Harner, director of golf at French Lick Resort. "For both of these courses to make this list is a testament to the quality and unique combination of golf that we offer at French Lick Resort and further solidifies our resort as one of the premier golf resort destinations in the country."

Golfweek's 400 course evaluators for the "America's Best" listing submit ballots grading courses all over the country on a 10-point scale to determine the country's finest golf courses. Raters take into account factors such as routing of the course, feature shaping, greens, variety and memorable holes, conditioning, maintenance, and landscape management.

The Pete Dye course is regarded as one of the most breathtaking and exciting 18 holes of golf in the country. The course was carefully carved on a dramatic hilltop offering a variety of elevation changes, rugged and dramatic terrain, narrow fairways and ever-changing bunkers. There are spectacular views from every hole, some that stretch for over 40 miles.

This course is already on the national golf radar. In 2010 it will be the site of the PGA of America's Professional National Championship. The resort predicts this will be the first of several high-profile professional events it will host on the Dye layout in the future.

The Donald Ross course, constructed in 1917, has been home to many regional and national tournaments including the 1924 PGA Championship won by Walter Hagen. A recent $4.6 million restoration project has brought the course back to its original historic charm.

Ross's design is a parkland gem, meandering up and down the rolling hills a few miles from the main resort. The wonderful routing of the holes take full advantage of the many elevation points for the classic Ross greens, which slope dramatically from back to front. It is one of only two public Ross courses in the state of Indiana and it is considered one of his more challenging designs.

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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