Archive for January, 2014

Clay Merchent Riding a Golf Skate Caddy

By: Tony Adragna on January 24th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 1.03.29 PMJunior Golfer, Clay Merchent, was able to ride a golf skate caddy, which were officially released at the 2014 PGA’s Merchandising Show in Orlando, Florida.

The Golf Skate Caddy is “gentler on the course, quieter than a traditional golf cart, more decadently decked out than most cars, and oh-so-easy-to-drive.”

To find out more information about the Golf Skate Caddy, visit their website at

To view the video of Clay riding the Golf Skate Caddy, see below:

Purgatory: A Message from the Communications Specialist

By: Tony Adragna on January 23rd, 2014

TennaMerchent6_6_2012-2231_1024-XLMy name is Tony Adragna, and I have been the Communications Specialist at Purgatory Golf Club for about five months.  You may have seen my name pop up on blog posts around the site, or maybe you have seen my lessons with Mike in our web series, “Changing Your Golf Game.”

I graduated in May from Indiana University with a degree in Sports Communication, so working for Purgatory right out of school was a job I only could have dreamed of.  It is right up the alley of everything I studied in school, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of the opportunity to go to “work” everyday at such a beautiful place.

I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t greatly familiar with Purgatory before I applied for my job here.  But after doing hours of research, I couldn’t wait for my interview.  When I got the call that I got the job, I was ecstatic.

My first love in sports will always be basketball.  I played four years at Southport High School, and I never missed an Indiana University home game while I went to school there.  I also played in all of the intramural basketball leagues that I could while I was in school, and I still religiously follow the basketball team.

With that said, with pretty much 18 years of pounding my body on hardwood, I’ve pretty much given up playing the sport, despite the occasional adult rec league or pick-up game.  The natural progression for me was to start playing more golf.

I have golfed since I was about 12 years old, but usually only a few times a year & with no guidance.  I figured since I was athletic, I would naturally be good.  Boy, was I wrong.  That’s why I have been loving this “Changing Your Golf Game” series that Mike Merchent and I have been doing this winter.  I am not a very good golfer, but I hope to get good, and I think this series is a good stepping stone for me.  Instead of searching the internet for different basketball shoes, I now find myself searching for different golf equipment.  I could search Google and YouTube for hours on various golf equipment, golf trick shots, etc.  I am starting to fall in love with the game, just like I did with basketball at a young age, and I couldn’t be more happy about it.

But what better place to fall in love with the game than at Purgatory Golf Club?  I remember as I pulled off of 37 on to 216th St. for my interview, I literally almost drove off of the road looking at the beautiful landscape of Purgatory.  I had seen a lot of pictures that Tenna had taken on our website (which are breathtaking in their own right) before my interview, but I had never seen the course in person.  After my interview, I remember just walking around the place a bit to fully grasp how awesome of a job it would be to “work” there.

As soon as I started working for Purgatory, I knew I made the absolutely correct decision to take the job.  Each employee I encountered greeted me and let me know that if I needed anything, they’d be there to help. I remember there was an outing on my first day of work, and even the golfers that were participating had such a friendly vibe to them.  As the days passed and I continued working more and more at Purgatory, the friendliness of the Purgatory members and visitors has never faded.

After thinking it through, I figured out why everybody I encountered was so friendly.  How could you not be happy in such a beautiful place?  So if I ever find myself having a rough day at work, I make sure to get up from my desk, take a walk to soak in my surroundings, and my mind always goes back to that very thought; how could you not be happy in such a beautiful place?

Pacers Ticket Giveaway – Twitter Contest

By: Tony Adragna on January 13th, 2014

Purgatory Golf Club is happy to announce our first ever “Retweet to Win Contest.”  We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets game on Saturday, February 1st.  Rules and conditions are below.


Sponsor: Purgatory Golf Club, “Retweet to Win Contest” (the ”Promotion”).


The Promotion is valid from 2:15 PM (ET) Monday, January 13, 2014 thru 6:00:0 PM (ET) Friday, January 17, 2014.

The only eligible participants in this Promotion are those individuals, in conformance with the legislation of their State of residence, for whom the Promotion and its rules may be valid and legally applicable.


Employees, contractors, directors and officers of Purgatory Golf Club or its affiliates or associate companies as well as those who assist or work on a permanent basis with Purgatory Golf Club or in the administration, development, fulfillment and execution of this Promotion, and their immediate, family members are not eligible to participate.


Internet access is required to participate. The only way to participate in this Promotion is online by following @PurgatoryGolfCl´s Twitter page and retweeting the Promotion message posted on the @PurgatoryGolfCl Twitter Page  located at in which Purgatory Golf Club will select at random the Prize winner from the list of followers that retweeted the promotion.

Using a Twitter account, entrant must “retweet” a Twitter message created by Purgatory Golf Club on entrant’s Twitter feed. Each retweet counts as one “entry.”

Message that entrants will be asked to retweet Monday afternoon, beginning at 2:15 PM ET on the Purgatory Golf Club Twitter feed.

No purchase necessary to enter.

Purgatory Golf Club cannot be held responsible for tweets that are lost or overlooked due to technical snafus out of Purgatory Golf Club’s control.


One entrant, representing one (1) Twitter feed, will be selected randomly  Friday around 6:00 PM (ET) during the contest period to win a pair of Pacers tickets to the Brooklyn Nets game on February 1, 2014.


Odds of winning are based on eligible  number of entries. Winners will be selected at random.

Winner will have one week, or until the following Friday at 4:30pm ET, to acknowledge the prize win or the prize will be forfeited in its entirety. The Prize will be delivered via the e-mail address supplied within  seven (7) to ten (10) business days after eligibility confirmation. Any change in the Twitter account or e-mail address of the  winner is the sole responsibility of the participant. Purgatory Golf Club is not responsible  for any changes in e-mail or physical address. To redeem the Prize, the winner  must contact Purgatory Golf Club as indicated in the e-mail informing the winner of the Prize.


Purgatory Golf Club

12160 E 216th St Noblesville, IN 46060‎

(317) 776-4653