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Season’s Last Men’s Night September 5th

By: Alan Hinds on September 3rd, 2013
It’s the Finale!  It’s Football Golf!
Playing Signature Holes on the Back NineRelaxing in the bar
 Noblesville…The last Purgatory Men’s Night of the season is set for Thursday, September 5 with a 6 pm shotgun start. It is the year end Football Golf event where three person teams play a scramble format with football scoring.  In Purgatory’s Football Golf, pars, birdies and bogeys are listed point-wise on the scorecard as field goals, touchdowns or safeties.  A high score is better.
The shotgun start will be off the back nine with play on Purgatory signature holes like Valley of Kings, Eternal Torment, Blinding Cloud of Smoke and Hells’ Half Acre. 
Players have two options. They may enter the Football Golf event listing their team members or reserve a tee slot to play their own tees and own game.
The men’s night fee includes free range balls, 9 holes of golf with cart, door prizes and a football pool to win 18 holes of golf at Purgatory Golf Club. The complimentary buffet is Chef Tom’s famous Kentucky cornbread and chili bar. The all-inclusive fee is $35.
Interested players should contact the pro shop no later than Wednesday, September 4 to enter a team or reserve a tee slot.  Call 776-4653.

July 18th is our British Open Men’s Night. Open to All!

By: Alan Hinds on July 12th, 2013
Fish & Chips Men's Night
It’s our popular Fish and Chips event with a back nine shotgun start at 6 pm.

Play great signature holes like Eternal TormentBlinding Cloud of Smoke and Hell’s Half Acre.

The entry fee of $35 covers free range balls,  nine holes of golf with a cart and a complimentary buffet..

In addition, join Assistant pro Brian Pearce (purple shirt) for the special events before play. Brian hosts a chipping contest at the range to win a free draft back at the clubhouse.

Noblesville’s Carmacks Cigars brings their popular cigar buffet to the range along with a Demo Day by Cobra Golf from 2:30-6 pm.

A courtesy pass to fish the putting green pond is also extended to players from 4 to 9 pm.

Back at the clubhouse, Chef Tom’s famous fish and chips buffet closes the event.
Call the pro shop, 776-4653, by Wednesday, July 17 to reserve a tee slot.

Purgatory Sends Two Golfers to USGA Public Links Finals

By: Alan Hinds on July 2nd, 2013

Public Links AwardJustin Wenger of Greenwood and Michael Sharp of Kendalville recently qualified at Purgatory for the
USGA Public Links championship to be played at Laurel Hill GC, Lorton, Virginia.

This marks the 10th year Purgatory has hosted the Public Links Qualifier for this region. The course was set
at 7,300 yards, Par 72. Invites were awarded to the top two finishers.

Wenger, who played at IUPUI, shot a 69-70-139 to gain one spot.  Sharp, a senior at East Noble  HS
and a Michigan State recruit, shot 73-72-145 to get the other invite.

The national championship is held July 15-20.

July Junior Golf Clinics

By: Alan Hinds on June 30th, 2013

Junior golfers“Golf Fundamentals and Fun Emphasized”

Two junior golf clinics are scheduled at Purgatory Golf Club in July. The first clinic will be July 8 to July 11 and the second will be July 16 to July 19.

The four day sessions are from 9 am to 10:45 am and are geared for ages 6 to 14.  Each clinic includes a PGA professional instruction in all areas, exposure to the golf course, participation awards and prizes, with a competition event and lunch on the last day.

“We focus on the fundamentals of golf but we also make sure to have a bit of fun along the way,” said Jon Stutz, head professional.

The cost is $90 for the first child and $70 for each additional child. The entry fee is $70 if the junior golfer is enrolled in both July clinics.  For more information contact the pro shop at 776-4653.


By: Alan Hinds on June 23rd, 2013




113 Top Women Golfers Entered.


The 36 hole Indiana PGA Women’s Open will be held at Purgatory GC June 26-27 with 113 golfers competing.

The event gets under way at 8 am off both the front and back sides. Par is 72 with course set up of 6,008 yards

While the event is listed at the Women’s PGA Open, the field is dominated by top amateurs from across the state.

In all, 16 Hamilton County golfers are entered led by amateur Brooke Beegle of Fishers, winner of the IWGA’s Match Play Championship last month. Brittney Kelly, also from Fishers, is the area’s lone professional in the field.

Kristi Cardwell, now a professional at Kokomo Country Club, is the defending champion.

Spectator admission is free.

Tee Variety

By: Alan Hinds on May 9th, 2013

tee it forward from 6061 yards 

Despite having six sets of tees for golfers, Purgatory can offer a bit more…or less it seems.  The pro shop has special Tee It Forward (TIF) scorecards for golfers who want a playable length at about 5,000 or 6,000 yards.

Purgatory joined this recent PGA and USGA initiative to add more options for enjoyable and fun golf.  Ask for a unique TIF scorecard on your next visit.

The combination cards use a set of different color tees to route a player.  The 4,892 yard course is blend of both Green and Yellow tees.

The same blending of different tees is true for the 6,061 yard layout.  In this routing various Blue, White, and Green tees are used.

With TIF, the fun and challenge of the holes is not derived from a focus on the length. Since every fairway in Architect Ron Kern’s course is designed to accept a drive from each tee box, selecting a desired total yardage is an easy task.

“By hitting more lofted irons into the greens than fairway woods and hybrids, players have a chance to play faster and have more fun,” said head professional, Jon Stutz.

“Golfers still have the challenge of Purgatory’s unique greens and bunkers, but their approach shots have a better chance to be on in regulation,” added Stutz.

For example, the difficult #2 hole from the 338 yard Green Tee changes from a long distance carry over water to a tee shot of accuracy. Water still confronts a tee shot, but it is now a lateral hazard to the left of the fairway.

“Our Tee it Forward initiative misses none of the unique and challenging features that make Purgatory such a great course. It just makes it more enjoyable,” said Mike Merchent, director of golf.

Slopes and ratings for postings are calculated for both men and women playing either of the scorecards. Ask the pro shop for your TIF card on your next visit. Chart your round and perhaps more fun.



Men’s Night is Back

By: Alan Hinds on May 2nd, 2013

May Men’s Night set for May 9, First day of Tour Players Championship

 Three Putt Contest Precedes, 6 pm Shotgun Start!

3 putt contestPurgatory’s May Men’s night event is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, the first day of the Tour Players Championship (TPC).

The monthly nine hole event is open to all and play begins with a shotgun start at 6 pm. Players return to the clubhouse for complimentary buffet and beverage specials.

 The men’s night entry fee of $35 includes nine holes with GPS enhanced golf cart, free range balls, beverage specials, complimentary food, door prizes and a chance to a free round of golf with a TPC golf pool.

Golfers play with their own group and select their own tees and game. Twosomes and singles can be paired.

The event also includes a Three Putt Contest from 5:00 to 5:45 pm. Golfers enter as a 3-person team and must simultaneously sink putts from 3, 6 and 9 feet. If making all three putts, players win a free draft after play.

Call the Pro shop at 776-4653 no later than noon, Wednesday, May 8 to reserve a tee slot.

Great Lakes Region 4 golf tournament

By: Alan Hinds 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.