Indy Star, Course has Old Style Elements

Course has old-style elements

Bunkers, mounds add to the atmosphere of Purgatory, which offers 6 sets of tees.

By Steve Brooks, Indianapolis Star, November 02, 2002

The fact that Purgatory Golf Club has 133 bunkers will intimidate some golfers . . . not to mention the name of the course, which can mean a place for temporary punishment.

Head professional Greg Dycus said neither the bunkers nor the name captures the character of Purgatory, 12160 E. 216th St. in Noblesville.

“The bunkers define the holes,” Dycus said, “but a lot of them don’t come into play. Rather, they serve as a guide for how you should play the hole.”

“There isn’t a hole out here that doesn’t have a bail-out area. It’s a tough course, but it’s a very fair course for several levels of golfer.”

The course offers six sets of tees, ranging from a whopping 7,754 yards from the “Purgatory” set (which carries a USGA course rating of 78.1 and a slope rating of 142) to 4,562 yards for the shortest women’s tees.

“Most courses usually have three sets of tees,” Dycus said. “This way, we give our golfers a lot of options out there.”

Dycus says Purgatory stands out for another reason — its design. He said mounding between the holes gives golfers a sense of solitude.

“We’re a links-style course, and there are other courses like that around here, but our mounding and design set us apart,” Dycus said.

“The course incorporates architecture from some of the older designers. We wanted to bring a lot of elements into it.”

Dycus says the course is in pristine condition; as a result, people from several different states come to play it each year.

“Our focus is to provide a golf course for people that’s really nice and not packed. We tee off people every 10 minutes, which is a longer than most courses, and it normally takes four-and-a-half to five hours to play the course the first time.

“A majority of our greens have some sort of rolls on them, so you really have to line your putts up carefully, but you will become a better putter by playing this course.

“And you will use all the clubs in your bag.”