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Golf Travel Guide To Hamilton County Indiana Golf

An Interview With Sarah Billman, Hamilton County CVB

By Brian Weis

Looking to plan the perfect golf trip to Hamilton County Indiana Golf? Planning a buddies trip or a romantic golf getaway can be a full time job not to mention pressure filled to deliver a memorable experience. Below is an interview with Sarah Billman, Sales Coordinator at the Hamilton County CVB, who shares some insider information about golfing and traveling to Hamilton County Indiana Golf, must play courses, a sample itinerary and where you can go for more planning tools.

Give our readers an overview of your destination and why they should consider it for their next golf trip?
Hamilton County, just North of Indianapolis, has a number of championship-caliber courses, updated hotel accommodations, and plenty of restaurants, shops, and attractions to choose from to make your stay a memorable one. We find golf groups returning year after year due the convenience and variety of courses. Hamilton County is a safe and friendly community, packing our Hoosier hospitality into everything we do.

What are the must play courses in Hamilton County Indiana Golf?
River Glen features numerous water hazards and bunkers, but is most loved for its scenic appeal and mature trees.

Purgatory is truly unique in that it's 'sinfully' long yet playable. It offers six sets of tees at every hole to meet the needs of every player. If you were to play it from the championship tees, Purgatory plays at 7,200 yards, making it the longest par-72 course east of the Mississippi River.

Prairie View, the area's most awarded courses, features an open front and several holes surrounded by tall, native grass. On the back nine, oak and sycamore trees line the fairways. Overall, Prairie View is a challenging course resting on the state's most beautiful prairie land.

Plum Creek is a gem in "Indiana's Pete Dye Trail". Plum Creek offers varying degrees of difficulty, allowing for all ranges of abilities to play.

The Fort Golf Resort and The Brickyard Crossing Golf Course are just a short drive from Hamilton County and are a part of "Indiana's Pete Dye Trail". At The Brickyard Crossing, you can play four holes inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, creating a truly unique playing experience. The Fort is nestled in a scenic knoll of Historic Fort Harrison Start Park and is consistently ranked as one of the top courses in the nation.

Bear Slide is yet another unique course offering a Scottish links-style on the front nine and a more traditional and tree-lined style on the back. One hole even features sand bunkers that line up and look like a bear claw.

What is the hidden gem and/or best value course?
They are all very special.

Can you provide our readers with an ideal itinerary for a long weekend?
As you drive into town, wherever you may be coming from, it would be fun to start at one of the seven courses on the Indiana Pete Dye Trail. The seven courses are sprinkled throughout the state, allowing you to break up your road trip and experience a famous Pete Dye course. That evening you could spend at one of our local restaurants and breweries, featuring a local Bicentennial Brew, resting up for the next day. The next day, now rested, you can begin with a challenging yet playable course, Purgatory. From the championship tees, this course plays at 7,200 yards. You can make a day out of this course. The next day, starting your day Plum Creek or River Glen would be a good decision. After Purgatory you will need a breather, and they both offer varying levels of difficulty with a little more relaxed atmosphere. Prairie View is just down the road from Plum Creek and close to River Glen so you can easily play two courses in one day. Your last day could consist of Bear Slide, The Fort, or The Brickyard Crossing, all notable for different reasons. Perhaps you decide based on what direction you'll be driving home. Bear Slide is farther north while The Brickyard and The Fort are closer to Indianapolis.

After golf, what are the "must do" things or attractions to see?
After a perfect day on the links, treat yourself to a taste of local favorites! Hamilton County serves up local neighborhood eateries featuring all of your traditional favorites. 2016 is Indiana's Bicentennial, and breweries around town are featuring their own Bicentennial Brew. You won't want to miss out on these historical brews! In addition, you can visit Carmel Arts and Design District and City Center for locally owned restaurants and a great all-around atmosphere. Swing by Clay Terrace or Hamilton Town Center to satisfy your appetite for steak, seafood and American fare. Nearby, you can visit historic Noblesville Square, quaint Westfield or Fishers Nickel Plate District and sample each community's unique local flavor.

What is the best time to travel?
With summer hotel rooms filling up fairly quickly, we've noticed fall is becoming the best time to travel. The weather is cooling off and the tree leaves are starting to turn. The days are beautiful and sunlight is still on our side. Stay and Play packages are also discounted in October and November, creating a winning situation for golfers.

Where can golfers go for more information to research and plan their trip?
Golfers can visit for more information.

As you'll seen on the website, golfers just have to decide their courses, days and time of play, hotel choice, and we'll take care of the rest.
Hamilton County Indiana Golf

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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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