Archive for April, 2013

Happy Birthday Mike!

By: purgatorygolf on April 30th, 2013

Happy birthday Mike!A great big shout out to Director of Golf, Mike Merchent, Happy Birthday!!!

Moon Over 16 Tee

By: purgatorygolf on April 25th, 2013

Moonlit view of the clubhouseYou are looking at the moon just before sunrise. We (James Brown, Larry Wilk, & I) were waiting to photograph 18 green just as the sun comes up. So we had to be in place, and just standing around for at least 30 minutes prior.

James pointed out the moon over our shoulders. So I turned my tripod around and caught this image, of the moon in the sky over a misty covered golf course, 16 tees in the foreground.

Difficulty or Opportunity?

By: purgatorygolf on April 24th, 2013

Opportunity or difficulty?

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” –Winston Churchill

This quote sums up golf for me. You often have the opportunity to lower your score with a more difficult shot. For instance on #2, you can fly your ball over the water or lay up in the fairway. The risk with going over the water is you may end up in the water.  The reward is a lower score. I have to weigh the risk and the reward and decide if it’s worth it. The answer is often times a resounding “Yes!”

Do You Want a Purgatory Golf Club iPhone Book?

By: purgatorygolf on April 23rd, 2013

iPhone book?

Would you like a book about Purgatory for your iPhone?

If you do, what can we share that would be of value to you?


      • How different handicap players play each hole, a low handicap, mid, high
      • History of the course
      • Construction images and discussion of how a course is constructed
      • Pictures of my children (just kidding)

Anyway, you get the idea. So, would you like a book for your iPhone, and if so, what do you recommend we include?

Warm Weather is Almost Here

By: purgatorygolf on April 20th, 2013

Moonlit view of the clubhouse

It’s golf time, but the weather isn’t quite cooperating, at least if you want to ride in a cart. The weather is wet, and it’s cool, which inspired me to share this moonlit night shot of the clubhouse, fires in the fireplaces, a perfect night to be by the golden fire with something warm to drink.

So what are your options in this weather as a golfer? Well, you can bundle up and walk, which we’ve all done, and this would actually be a beautiful day in Scotland. You can also bundle up and hit balls on the range, which is probably the best option, because the exertion will eventually get you warm, and you may be able to practice in just a light jacket, so dress in layers. You could really bundle up and work on your short game, which we all need to improve, because as Clay Merchent says, “Putting is boring!”

So bottom line, bundle up, warm weather is almost here!

Great Lakes Region 4 golf tournament

By: Aaron Konold on April 17th, 2013

Team champions
31 Teams Played in Great Lakes Region 4 Event

This past weekend the Great Lakes Region 4 golf tournament was held at Purgatory. Teams from around the Midwest played in the two day, 36 hole event tackling the Black Tees set up at 7,146 yards.

The team champion was Missouri-St Louis with a 4 player score of 579 (290-289).

Harrison Carmichael of Lewis University won the individual championship in a playoff with Maryville University’s Destin Harris. Both shot 2 under par 142’s.

The University of Indianapolis served as the host school and golf coach Brent Nicoson cited the support of the pro shop golf staff and the course being such a good test of golf as why Purgatory was ideal for this event.

In closing remarks, he recognized work of head professional Jon Stutz, assistant pro Brian Pearce and course superintendent James Brown. “Just a couple of weeks ago the course was under 9 inches of snow,” Nicoson added.

Teams now return for their conference championships with several projected to earn slots in the final NCAA national event.


Flyover of the 9th Hole

By: purgatorygolf on April 16th, 2013

This i a flyover video of the 11th hole. The advantage of a flyover is you can see the hole from a bird’s eye view. You get an image of the complete hole, which is really difficult to do from the ground. With a video like this you get to see how the tees line up to the hole, how the mounds, tall grass, and bunkers come into play. You get to envision what might be the best play to get on the green in regulation, and of course you get that priceless view of the undulations in the green.

Hope you like it!

An American Bald Eagle at Purgatory Golf Club

By: purgatorygolf on April 12th, 2013


We had a regal visitor on Wednesday. Superintendent James Brown came in to get me, “There’s a bald eagle!” I grabbed my camera and out we went. It was a grey, wet day, but a bunch of us were out on the course trying to get a look at the eagle. It was magnificent, and I’ll take it as a sign of good things to come. Hope you like the images.

Golf Cart GPS is being installed!

By: purgatorygolf on April 11th, 2013


GPS is being installed this week on our golf carts. They expect it to take the rest of the week to complete the fleet, but we took a tiny drive yesterday out to the 10th hole. The yardages were accurate and the touch screen worked, fabulous news! We still have work to do on our end for the food and beverage, and some other things. So if you come to visit this weekend, we’ll still be working out the bugs, but we’re super excited and can’t wait for you to try it out.

Men’s Night Series 2013

By: purgatorygolf on April 10th, 2013

Alan Mike Mark on green

If It’s a Major, It’s a Men’s Night!

Noblesville…Purgatory Golf Club has announced its 2013 Men’s Night schedule. The monthly nine hole special coincides with the Thursday starts of major golf tournaments.

The first event is scheduled for April 11, the first day of the Masters.

The monthly nine hole event is open to all and begins with a shotgun start. Golfers set their own groups, play their own tees and select their own game. Singles and twosomes can be paired. Players return to the clubhouse for complimentary food.

Men’s Nights at Purgatory include free range balls, nine holes of golf with cart, complimentary food, beverage specials, door prizes, course contests and a chance to win a free round in the golf pool. The fee is $35.

Call the pro shop at 776-4653 no later than the Wednesday before the event to reserve a tee slot.

“Our schedule is easy to remember.  If it’s a Thursday of a major golf event, we are having a Men’s Night. Call no later than the day before to set reserve a tee slot,” said Jon Stutz, head professional.

The 2013 schedule.

April 11, The Masters. Shotgun start at 5:30 pm off the back nine. Ball skipping contest across the putting green pond, 4:30 pm.

May 9, The Players Championship. Shotgun start at 6 pm. Three Putt contest on the putting green, 5 pm.

June 13, the US Open. Shotgun start at 6 pm. Noblesville’s Carmack’s Cigars hosts their popular cigar buffet. “Big Like Buffalo”, a distance and accuracy driving contest with amateur and senior amateur divisions, is a 5 pm

July 18, the British Open. Shotgun start at 6 pm off the back nine.  It is a fish & chips theme.  Fishing from the putting green pond opens at 4 pm. Chipping contest at 4:45 pm. The after play buffet is Chef Tom’s famous Fish and Chips dinner.

August 8, the PGA.  Shotgun start at 5:30 pm. Sixth Annual Tommy Bolt Club Throwing contest at 5 pm.  End of summer patio party with live music at 8:30 pm.

September 19, the Tour Championship. Shotgun start at 5:00 pm off the back nine. Football Golf, a special 3-person scramble team event.

“It’s a totally a man’s golf event—playing a top rated golf course with friends, great food and beverages in a collegial clubhouse setting, contests, golf pools, and catching the recap of the day’s major golf event on the flat panels,” added Stutz.