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The Purgatory Icon

By: tenna on September 27th, 2016

We are pleased to announce that an 11′ tall sculpture of our award winning logo will be installed behind the 1st tee on October 3rd!

There are two artists that made this possible.

First is Martin Schliessmann who is an Indianapolis-based Marketing Strategist and Graphic Designer. Martin designed our brand identity and marketing materials, including our Addy Award winning logo. Martin is also lead partner with Escape Route Flix, LLC, where he directed the video documentary “Why Sturgis?” and is currently producing a documentary about the Indiana wine industry (details at ).

The second artist involved is Scott Westphal ( Scott is the celebrated local artist who designed the 11′ tall metal sculpture and had it fabricated from one-inch thick, rust-resistant aluminum.

You’re invited to pose for pictures at the statue’s base and share your images on social media using #IconPGC, #PurgatoryIcon, or #DivineCamaraderie. You can also make a “Daily Offering” by placing a donation in the donation box that will be set up shortly after the sculpture is installed; monies raised will benefit local charities.

The PGC Icon

The Purgatory Golf Club Icon

Above you can see 3 stages of the sculpture’s development. The first two pictures show the fabricated sculpture pre-paint. The 3rd image is the sculpture after it was painted with the PGC logo colors. It is difficult to get the scale of this artwork as nothing is in the image except the sculpture. We look forward to posting images soon after it is installed so you can get a better sense of scale, at least until you can come see it for yourself!

Celebration of the 4th of July

By: Aaron Konold on June 30th, 2015

flyover tees at Purgatory Golf club

Aerial view of #12

With this upcoming weekend celebrating the day USA declaring their independence from Great Britain’s rule. With all of the celebrations and displays of patriotism, my thoughts quickly go to the idiom of “Freedom is Not Free.” There are many citizens and their families that have paid the ultimate price for us to have our freedom.


For the 2nd year Purgatory Golf Club is very proud to be one of the host sites for World’s Largest Golf Outing benefitting Wounded Warrior Project. Last year we had over 90 participants play in the event at Purgatory.  This year our goal is to have 120 players. We have an enormous amount of pride to be part of the group that has contributed over $885,000 in donations for our Wounded Warriors last year, and have raised over 2 million since 2011.


The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.


Last year we had a presentation of arms, a live version of the national anthem, Fuzzy’s Vodka brought out their showcase semi truck, and we had a special guest play in the event, one of our wounded warriors. This year we are working hard to surpass last year in every aspect of the event.


Monday, August 3rd we are having a 10:00 am shotgun: we are accepting players, donations and sponsorships. If you would like more information please go to or call us at the golf shop 317.776.4653. Please come out and join us for a day of fun and fundraising to support those who have fought for our freedom.


Golf is a fantastic vehicle to use to raise money, awareness and build camaraderie. The PGA Tour gives more to charity in a year than the other 4 major sports combined.  Once you start adding up all the charity golf outings, it is amazing how golf supports people in need and worthy causes.  If this is the year you want to raise money for something that is near and dear to your heart, contact us.   We will help you exceed your dreams of a great event.


Have a great 4th,



Chuck Thomas Wins the Purgatory Club Championship

By: Tony Adragna on September 27th, 2013

The Purgatory Golf Club Championship was held Saturday and Sunday, September 21st and 22nd.  The Championship was a 36 hole, stroke play format.

The winner of the Championship was Chuck Thomas of Indianapolis.  Thomas is a former champion at Purgatory, and just recently moved back to Indianapolis after living in North Carolina.  Thomas shot a 75 and a 72, for an overall score of 147.

The “Low Net” winner was Tony Rhode, who shot an 83 and a 75 with a 3 handicap, make his overall net 152.

We appreciate all of those that participated in the Club Championship, and congrats again to Chuck Thomas!

Hamilton County Amateur Open 2013

By: Tony Adragna on September 16th, 2013

The Hamilton County Amateur Open Finals were held at Purgatory Golf Club on Sunday, September 15.

The open was a 36 hole tournament, with the opening day at Prairie View Golf Club, and the finals at Purgatory.

The field was set at 72 players – 48 amateurs and 24 senior amateurs.

To be eligible for the open, players in the amateur division must have had a 2013 IGA/USGA handicap index of 9.9 or less.  Players in the senior amateur division must have been at least 55 years of age, and had a 2013 IGA/USGA handicap of 14.0 or lower.

Look below for photos from the event:

Louisville Wins IU Fall Kickoff

By: Tony Adragna on September 9th, 2013

The IU Fall Kickoff took place at Purgatory Golf Club yesterday, September 8.  The Louisville Cardinals took first place in the 36 hole tournament, tallying a team score of 570.  Louisville’s Laura Restrepo took the individual crown with a score of 139.

Rounding out the team scores were Indiana (597), Xavier (604), Cincinnati (605), Indiana State (618), Youngstown State (647), and DePauw (648).

Last year’s winner of the IU Kickoff, Elizabeth Tong, finished tied for 20th overall with a score of 152.

We appreciate all of the teams and fans that came to Purgatory, we hope you enjoyed yourselves!

Here are some photos from the event:

Season’s Last Men’s Night September 5th

By: Aaron Konold 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.

The Father Son Tournament

By: purgatorygolf on August 26th, 2013

The link to each gallery by team are at the bottom of the page.

We had the privilege of hosting the annual Father Son Challenge. Pictured above are all the groups that participated. I had the honor of being the official photographer, and it was much harder than I expected. Catching that tiny golf ball as it comes off the club was much more difficult than I expected, but I managed to do so at least a few times.

Here are the links to the gallery of images for each group:

Shepard Gillard

Wood Keating

Lodin Deakyne

Deck Hoover

Stutz Merchent Claussen

Ranieri Podzielinksi


You should be able to right click on any image and download it. Hope you like them, and thank you to everyone that participated!

The Open Championship – Claret Jug

By: purgatorygolf on July 21st, 2013

The Claret Jug


You can read the official history of The Open Championship – Claret Jug os the Open Championship website. I personally found it a little confusing. So I’ll summarize it for you. The original prize was a belt, similar to one a boxer would receive. It was changed to the current trophy in 1873 and Tom Morris junior had the honor of being the first name engraved upon it for his 1872 win (apparently his 3rd).

They gave the original claret jug to the winner, who then had to return it in time for the open the following year. In 1927 the committee decided to retain the original and give the winner a replica claret jug, reasonable enough decision.

In 1872 the committee also added a golf medal as you may have seen and heard when this year’s winner Phil Mickelson was presented with both the Claret jug and his gold medal. Congratulations Phil!

Photograph taken by junior golfer Clay Merchent with his iPhone when he played Carnoustie earlier this year.

Purgatory Sends Two Golfers to USGA Public Links Finals

By: Aaron Konold 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.

U.S. Amateur Public Links Champion qualifier at Purgatory Golf Club

By: purgatorygolf on June 14th, 2013

Public Links AwardToday, we are pleased to welcome members of the USGA and 45 players of The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship qualifier to Purgatory Golf Club. Often referred to as the Public Links or the Publinx, this tournament was created as a championship for golfers who play on public courses, as members of private clubs are not eligible to compete. The first Public Links was held in 1922 at the Ottawa Park Course in Toledo, Ohio and has grown as an event from 140 entries in 1922 to a record number, 6,300 entries in 1998; this year, 3,020 entries were accepted. This is the final year for the public links tournament as it will be replaced by a new men’s amateur four-ball championship.

Entrants must follow the USGA’s guidelines for amateur status; therefore anyone who has ever played or taught golf for money is ineligible. The Public Links has no age limit, is open to men and women, and players must have a USGA men’s handicap index of 4.4 or lower. Each player must then qualify to play in the U.S. Amateur Public Links by playing one of many qualifying tournaments held at sites around the country, such as Purgatory Golf Club. Today, the players will participate in 36 holes of stroke play. Two golfers will then advance to the championship at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia in July. The 64 qualifiers will compete in three rounds of stroke play. The top sixteen players will then move on to single-elimination match play. The winner of the event will earn an invitation to the next year’s Masters, so long as he/she is still an amateur at the time of The Masters.

In 2005, the event received an unusually large amount of media attention as 15-year-old Michelle Wie became the first woman to advance to the match-play portion of the tournament, where she lost in the quarterfinals to Clay Ogden, who went on to win the tournament.  Other notable players include Public Links Champion, Trevor Immelman, winner of the 2008 Masters Tournament, as well as his playing partner in the final round Brandt Snedeker.

PS. This article was written by Abbi Magsamen, not Tenna. We’re having some technical glitches so I was unable to get her set up as an author, but will strive to do so for her next brilliant article. Thank you Abbi!