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Golf Magazine Covers Indianapolis Area Courses

The June 2002 issue of Golf Magazine has a very thorough article covering golf in the Indianapolis area. It includes maps, lovely photos, and descriptions of the courses in the area. It was written by golf writer Phil Richards, who you may recognize from his golf writing for the Indianapolis Star.

Below are the quotes from the article about Purgatory:

“Purgatory, 45 minutes north of downtown Indianapolis, tumbles and winds 7,754 yards. Owners Mike and Tenna Merchent have researched it: they don’t know of a longer par-72 non-mountain course in the world.

“Glutton for punishment? Play it back, from the weeping-and-gnashing-of-teeth tees. Looking for a diversion that’s challenging but fun? Pick something comfortable. Purgatory has six sets of tees, including the most forward, which measure a cozy 4,652 yards.

“Purgatory is built on rolling farm land, but artful earthwork has rendered nearly every hole a world unto itself. Its most striking features are its mounding and bunkering, and the combinations in which the are presented. There are 133 bunkers (and 600 rakes), so be prepared to spend some time in them.

“Particularly stunning is the par-three 17th,“Hell’s Half Acre.” The hilltop green appears to float in a sea of surrounding bunkers.”

Indy Tracks; Golf Magazine, June 2002

This same issue gives Purgatory an Honorable Mention as host to the U.S. Open. Link to the article Beyond Bethpage, Taking the Open to public venues is a worthy goal–and there are plenty of worthy candidates; Golf Magazine, June 2002