COURSE PROFILE INTERVIEW: Sultan's Run Golf Club
By Brian Weis
Getting To Know: Sultan's Run Golf Club
An Insightful Interview With Chris Tretter, General Manager/Co-Owner
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Chris Tretter who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Sultan's Run is a premium, full-service, perennial award-winning golf course that is home to the most dramatic signature hole in Indiana. But it is not just one hole that makes this course special.
Years ago, this lush land was home to Supreme Sultan, a horse of history and literally a legend in his own time. It was over these hills and valleys of picturesque beauty where Supreme Sultan sired a record number of World Champion American Saddlebred horses. No place on earth can lay claim to this record.
This same ground recalls the heritage of Supreme Sultan, just as an engraved stone marks each unique and challenging tee box, memorializing the name of one of those World Champions. From its very beginning, this land was destined for greatness, but few would have predicted the creation of a world class golf course that would entice champions.
Sultan's Run opened in 1992 but then embarked on an extensive remodeling project in 1996 led by Tim Liddy, taking the golf course to the pinnacle of public golf. Tim says, Sultan's Run offers "one of the best pieces of property I have ever had the privilege to work on. The #18 golf hole alone is incredible and worth the round of golf."
Now in its 30th year, all 18 holes at Sultan's Run Golf Club have been beautified in some shape or form from entirely new bunkering and reconstructed greens, to a complete rework of several holes. Upgrades have been implemented every year for the last decade. The end result is that Sultan's Run is a world class golf facility that golfers will talk about long after their round is done.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Most golfers are in search of high-quality golf courses and we offer this! Our beautiful terrain, championship surrounds and service with a smile has boosted us to the top of the industry.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Do not cut corners on dogleg holes. The greens are very undulating so read the greens very carefully and play more break than it looks.
Any recent changes to the golf course? Or any upcoming changes?
This past winter, we cleaned the undergrowth from some wooded areas to increase air flow to some greens and enhance the views from different areas of the course. We also removed some non-native trees and grasses all in an effort to beautify the course.
Upcoming changes include building a golf entertainment venue on the property that will house eight simulators, offices, an outdoor pavilion and a full kitchen for an expanded food and beverage experience. The plan is to have this facility open in the Spring of 2023.
We also are building 10 cottages on our property. Each cottage will have two hotel-like rooms for renting the whole cottage or a lock off to rent one room. This will help to enhance the stay and play packages we currently do with several of our local hotels.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Our most recent awards include:
2022 GolfPass #21 Golfers' Choice Course Layout
2022 GolfPass #44 Golfers' Choice US Top 50 Courses
2021 10 Must-Visit Golf Destinations in the Midwest
2020 Visit Indiana Golf Guide's SIGNATURE 18 Golf Holes List
2020 #8 Course to Play in Indiana by Golfweek Magazine
2019 #6 Course to Play in Indiana by Golfweek Magazine
2015 Indiana Golf Course of the year by INGCOA
2015 #1 Course to Play in Indiana by Golfweek Magazine
2013 #8 Course to Play in Indiana by Golfweek Magazine
Sultan's Run hosts or has hosted many high-quality events and outings each year, including the Indiana PGA Southern Open, Indiana PGA Senior Open, Indiana Open Qualifier, Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic, Indiana High School Athletic Association Sectional 29 and various College and High School Conference Championships and Invitationals.
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Our most talked about signature hole is number 18, Supreme Sultan, which is named after the renowned World Champion American Saddlebred horse who was raised on this property long before it became a golf course. The elevated tee box gives great views to the fairway before a dogleg right shot into the green, which is flanked by a 240 feet wide, 25 feet tall waterfall.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My favorite hole is 18. The breathtaking sights and sounds from the picturesque waterfall are the perfect end to a magnificent round. The fairway is very large. Hit a good tee shot and you have a great chance at making a good score.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The must have sandwich at the 19th Hole is our Sultan's Supreme Burger. This burger touts a 1/3 pound all-beef patty with Vermont Cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, gourmet pickles, bourbon mustard sauce, lettuce and tomato. To wash down the scrumptiousness of the burger, we recommend the all -popular golfer's drink, the Tito's Transfusion.
For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
New this year, we have a lodge that is within close proximity of our property. We also offer golf packages with many of our local hotels. All our partner hotels are listed on our website under Lodging: Partner Hotels.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Our competitive course record holder with a 9-under par 63, is Darrett Brinker from Evansville, Indiana.
Back Tee Stats
Sultan's Run Golf Club 1490 N. Meridian Rd Jasper, IN, 47546 812-482-1009
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, 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 GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. 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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