Posts Tagged ‘golf’

Why did you name the golf club Purgatory?

By: Aaron Konold on June 12th, 2015

More heaven than Hell book

The Golf Club originally had the working name Sassafras, the Architects original drawing is posted in the hallway, and titled with that name.  There were some sassafras trees over in the north end of the property.  That’s a relatively unique tree in Central Indiana, but informal market research indicated that Sassafras was not a name that serious golfers would embrace.


In religious mythology, Purgatory is where souls pay for their earthly mistakes to gain entry into heaven. It’s about overcoming obstacles to attain eternal happiness.  In medieval poetry, Purgatory was referred to as “sweet misery.” Golf often feels like that; acts of difficulty while obtaining something wonderful.


The golf course is named Purgatory because it’s a beautiful place for you to test your limits.  Purgatory is a name that immediately resonated with golfers and it fits, it fits with why people play golf.  From the time you tee off on the first hole you have challenges and obstacles that you must navigate your way through until the last hole.  You’ve had good holes and bad holes, and the shot that you think you should have made, and a few shots no one ever talks about, the miss-hits that end up perfect.


Purgatory conjures images of great obstacle; it’s a name you remember.  Every golf course is difficult if you play from the wrong tees boxes.  Is our golf course a challenge?  Absolutely.  But does that mean you have to make it too difficult for yourself?  The answer is no.  Play a distance that allows you to enjoy the course and the day, you will find the course to be almost heavenly from the correct set of tees.


The logo also is a discussion starter that even non-golfers find very interesting.

Hole 1: “Pride”

By: Aaron Konold on June 5th, 2015

TennaMerchent Hole 1

Hole 1: “Pride” Par 4; plays 373 to 206 yards


There are a few architects that think the first hole should set a tone for the course and be a very challenging hole.  Donald Ross immediately comes to mind as most of his course that I have played start off extremely hard and par is an excellent score.  The first hole at Purgatory eases you into the rest of the day, it is relatively short in distance and wide in the landing area.


It is a dogleg left, where the object is not about hitting it long, it’s trying to fit your tee shot into an area that’s 200 to 230 yards off the tee and 50 yards wide.  So hopefully you start your round off out of the fairway, leaving yourself with a short iron, into a little bit of an elevated green that’s pretty receptive, not a lot of undulation, not a lot of movement to it … so you’re not going to hit a shot and be rejected left or right.


Two decent shots ought to give yourself a chance for a par on the first hole; depending on the tee markers many longer players approach this hold as a classic risk reward as they may be able to drive the ball onto the green.  I personally do not recommend this as the approach shot from very close and left of the green is very challenging and depending on the hole placement could eliminate a good birdie opportunity.  When you are on the green take time to overlook the whole course as the green is the highest elevation point on the property.

Hole 6: “Eunoe” Par 4, plays 434 to 241 yards

By: Aaron Konold on April 18th, 2015




On paper and on first site this hole looks very benign, during normal play conditions quite a few players have a hard time remembering the specifics of this hole after the round.  The tee shot is shaped by three fairway bunkers and the landing area is fairly wide, leaving an approach shot between 165 to 155 yards to the green.  The players who have length as an asset can challenge the bunker on the right and leave themselves with just a wedge shot into the green.


This hole completely changes when we install tournament conditions, just a slight increase of green speeds make a world of difference on this hole.   The green has a Seth Raynor style hogback that routes it way through the green, creating three separate tiers.  If you are on the correct tier the player will have an excellent opportunity for a birdie, the wrong tier increases the odds of a three putt and makes par a good score.  If a player challenges the back left pin position then a bunker behind the green comes into play and makes par almost impossible.


“Eunoe” has had the distinction of the highest scoring average in relationship to par during our last 3 Indiana Major events.   Unfortunately, a high number of very good players walk off this green shaking their head at what just happened to their round.


Hole #6 was recently featured by Athlon Sports in their article “18 Holes to Play in 2015”

Announcing our New Twilight Practice and Play Program

By: Aaron Konold on March 4th, 2015


DP_PUR44963 Twilight Practice and Play Flyer


Whether you are a Hogan disciple “The secret is in the dirt” or a Lombardi disciple “practice does not make perfect.  Only perfect practice makes perfect.”


They both agree to get your best results you need to practice along with playing.  With that in mind we are happy to introduce our player development program, called the Twilight Practice and Play Program.


The benefits of the 2015 Twilight Practice and Play Program are:

  • Access to the driving range daily after 4:00 p.m.
  • Access to Twilight Golf after 5:00 p.m. for a $15 access fee
  • Bring a friend or three – Guests fees are available for $25 each
  • Monthly supervised range sessions


All this for $299.00


Now the fine print:

  • Access times change based on daylight and seasonality – only earlier not later
    • Range access will be at least 3.5 hours before sunset
    • Course access will be at least 2.5 hours before sunset
    • Range is only available March 15 – October 31st
      • Range and course are dependent on weather conditions
    • Golf is available until December 31st
    • Program is only for individuals and range balls are not permitted to be shared


The highlights of our Practice Facilities


Our bent grass driving range tee has been professional leveled to ensure level lies, perfect conditions to promote perfect practice.  The range has strategically placed target greens and bunkers so you may replicate drives and approaches.  As we know hitting it in the fairway is important for your score.  Our 4 acres short game area is built so you can practice almost any shot that you will face out on the course up to 70 yards.  The 7000 square foot putting green is undulated very similar to our greens on the course.  Many have boasted that we may have the best practice facility in Central Indiana.


If you have any questions about the Twilight Practice and Play program please call the golf shop at 317.776.4653 or email me at

Purgatory’s Devotional Pass

By: Aaron Konold on February 24th, 2015

One of the major reasons that people state when ask why they don’t play more golf is:  the cost.


Our new loyalty program takes the starch out of this excuse.  The Devotional Pass is for the dedicated and loyal golfer of Purgatory Golf Club.  Since golf is almost a religious experience to some of us the card is aptly named, we are rewarding our frequent players


The Devotional Pass Benefits

  • One round included in the cost
  • 20% off Green fee and cart fee until you earn 10 points
    • Each 18 hole rack rate round is worth 2 points
    • Each 9 hole round and Super twilight round is worth 1 point
  • 40% off Green fee and Cart fee once you have 11 points or more
  • Access to twilight and Super twilight 1 hour early
  • $50 off Range memberships
  • Access to Member Only Events and Specials


All this for $89.00


The fine print –

  • Saturday, Sunday and Holidays are blacked out until 11:00 am
    • 20% discount is still applicable
  • Devotional Pass discounts apply to cardholders only
  • No Show Tee Times are subject to a $25 fee


Senior Devotional Pass

  • One round included in the cost
  • 15% off Green fee and cart fee until you earn 10 points
    • Each 18 hole rack rate round is worth 2 points
    • Each 9 hole round and Super twilight round is worth 1 point
  • 20% off Green fee and Cart fee once you have 11 points or more
  • Access to twilight and Super twilight 1 hour early
  • $50 off Range memberships
  • Access to Member Only Events and Specials

All this for $59.00

The fine print

  • Saturday, Sunday and Holidays senior rates are not applicable
    • 20% discount is still applicable off regular rates
  • Devotional Pass discounts apply to cardholders only
  • No Show Tee Times are subject to a $25 fee


If you have any questions about the pass program please call the golf shop at 317.776.4653 or email me at

Golfing more frequently

By: Aaron Konold on February 17th, 2015






     There is something about watching the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am that makes me wish for better weather so I could tee it up.  With the weather here being so cold, I stayed inside and watched way more TV this weekend than normal.


If you are like me, you want to play more golf this season.  Purgatory has several memberships that will help you reach that goal.  The price of these individual memberships varies between $1450 and $2500 depending on time/day restrictions.  That is less than I spend on week’s golf vacation, somewhere warm, and no we do not go to Pebble Beach (would be nice though).


I’ve heard many people say their golf membership is a mental health investment, giving them a time and place to recharge.  With membership you get freedom, it removes the barriers that are costing you rounds.  These reasons are no longer applicable:  limited time, unpredictable weather, lack of a prearranged group, and perceived monetary value.  If it rains after 5 holes who cares, I still got to play a few!  Now you have time for a bag of range balls and a couple of holes, if a meeting cancels or after work.


We have highlighted 10 reasons why Purgatory is fantastic club to join for membership.


1.  The Course – Our award winning golf course. Purgatory Golf Club has been ranked in the top 100 public place to play, including the #1 ranked public facility in the state of Indiana, 50 best courses for women, and we are consistently ranked in Golf Digest Best Places to Play. We have hosted all four major Indiana golf championships: 2007 State Open, 2010 Indiana PGA, 2013 Women’s State Open and 2014 Indiana Amateur Stroke Play Championship.   While awards and recognition are nice what really distinguishes Purgatory Golf Club is that the course is playable for all skill levels. The landing areas are very generous and a strategic play will be rewarded. With 6 sets of tees on every hole the course will provide you with the correct challenge for your handicap, we encourage you to determine tees based on weather and wind conditions. With over 216 acres dedicated to golf and no homes on the property you are sure to enjoy the scenery and serenity of Purgatory Golf Club.


2.  Conditions – A great layout is a start but what about conditioning? You’ll find that Purgatory has consistently the finest conditions in the area. While most clubs have been cutting costs we remain dedicated to providing pristine playing conditions.


3.  Practice Facilities – Once you have exposed your weakness on the course you can start working on improving them with our practice facilities. Our bent grass driving range tee has been professionally leveled to ensure level lies, perfect conditions to promote perfect practice. The range has strategically placed target greens and bunkers so you may replicate drives and approaches. As we know hitting it in the fairway is important for your score. Our 4 acres short game area is built so you can practice almost any shot that you will face out on the course up to 70 yards. The 7000 square foot putting green is undulated very similar to our greens on the course. Many have boasted that we may have the best practice facility in Central Indiana.


4.  Instruction / Club fitting – Our staff is affiliated with PGA of America and offer individual lessons along with clinics for Ladies, Men and Juniors. If you are improving your game, we are interested in assisting with the process.


5.  Convenience – Access to tee times are regularly available, as we normally host under 20,000 rounds per year. Our members are allowed to book tee times 14 days in advance, while the general public is usually limited to 10 days in advance. A high majority of our member rounds were played in under 4 hours last year. Please take into account when you play greatly affects the pace of play. Our staff is happy to recommend times that are general more open.


6.  Impress your Guests – Our lodge and course are sure to impress even your most finicky guest. All of your accompanied guest will receive discounted rates that match our frequent player’s card. Enjoy a drink or a meal in the Confessional bar before or after your round.


7.  Golf Cars – Our golf cars have state of the art GPS systems attached to them. With a touch of the screen you instantly know distance and direction requirements needed for success. You may also keep score with the GPS system.


8.  Camaraderie – We will introduce you to other members and invite you to partake in special events. Some examples of special events last year were: Men’s nights, Ladies nights, Wine tasting, Club Championships and WLGO tournament.


9.  No long term agreements – Our membership is for the calendar year only. Our goal is to retain you for the next several seasons but we understand it is difficult to commit to a long term agreement.


10.  Staff – Our passion is golf, and we are dedicated to promoting the game of golf. Our staff enjoys being here and is thrilled to share with our members. All members of our staff are trained in Ace Management training program to ensure all of our customer needs are satisfied.


Our unlimited golf membership and weekend only golf membership rates include the use of a golf cart and driving range.  Walking is always available, if you prefer.


In addition to what is listed if you sign-up and pay before March 31, 2015 we will include a voucher for 2 guest rounds.  The voucher is good Monday through Friday, no Holidays and limited to the first 25 people who sign-up.


I would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have either by email or at 317.776.4653.

Why I love Golf

By: Aaron Konold on February 10th, 2015

Being that this is Valentine’s week I thought I would share some of the reasons why I love golf.  Why I enjoy being around the game so much that I made it my career.

The People

Someone once said about baseball that the real action happens between pitches, my interpretation is that they were speaking about the interaction of the spectators.  Golf is virtually the same you can spend hours with someone in a relaxed environment, you can learn more about a person in a round of golf than years spent in casual dinners and days in the office.  There is a high amount of time between shots where you can learn about your playing companions.  The game will bring out your true character, and you will see how you and other people act and react to challenging situations.

Sport for life

Though out the years it amazes me how wide of age variances have been of the golfing groups that I have enjoyed playing in.  When I was in my twenties I routinely played with people in their seventies.  I was given advice and taught lessons that I apply in my life today.  I’m hard pressed to think of an activity where everyone can play together regardless of age, strength, natural ability.  When I retire I want to play daily!

The competition

You can play with people that have different abilities and still come-up with a fair game.  Even if they do not want to participate competitively, you are always competing against the course and yourself.

Being outside

There is nothing better than getting outside and getting some physical and mental stimulation.

The frustration

The game cannot be mastered, even when you are playing well, in your mind you could always shave strokes off of your score.  Hitting a great drive only to hit the worst approach shot of the day.  It is amazing how I routinely walk off a green shaking my head at what just happened, you have to be kidding!  All I want to do is play the hole again, I know I can improve.

Giving back

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 a charity near and dear to your heart, contact us we will help you exceed your dreams of a great event.

Hitting it pure

Oh what a feeling, I’ve found the secret, God please let me be able to repeat it!  It may be the only good shot I hit all day but I know I have it in me.  Can I clear the water hazard 250 yards away? Heck yes, my reasoning I have done it before, I have it in me.

Daily variation

Even if you play the same course everyday it is never the same: course conditions change, the wind is different, the hole location is moved, and the hole length can be altered depending on weather factors.  It is never the same, and unfortunately neither is my swing.

Watching golf on T.V.

There is something exciting about watching golf on T.V. especially if you have played the venue in the past.  I would sign-up for softball if we could play at Wrigley Field, what a great place to hang-out after the game.

It’s Fun

Try not to smile when you make a long putt, hit it close or bomb it down the fairway, It is nearly impossible!

Contact Us

I encourage each and every one of you to find your own reason to love the game.  If you are like me and are already in love with the game, Purgatory Golf Club offers annual memberships to the course and range, call the golf shop at 317.776.4653 ext. 1 for information or email me at


Don’t forward this to my wife – this is a longer love letter than I have sent her in 19 years of marriage.

Alan Hinds on Love and Golf

By: Tony Adragna on February 7th, 2014


Alan Hinds, the Hamilton County Amateur Tournament Chairman, wrote a very interesting piece on the Visit Hamilton County blog.

His post spoke of the increase of couples playing golf together, and thoughts from both males and females about it.

To read the entire post, click here.

Elf on the shelf at Purgatory

By: Tony Adragna on December 17th, 2013

Throughout the holiday season, you can probably scroll through your Facebook feed and see several “Facebook friends” that post pictures of an elf in various places throughout their home.  The idea behind the “elf on the shelf” is that the elf appears during the holiday season and reports back to santa on everybody’s behavior throughout the house.  The “Elf on the Shelf” idea is especially popular with households with young children.

Although an elf on the shelf may be geared toward a younger audience, we thought it would be fun to get in on the action at Purgatory.  Over the course of the last week, our elf, Purgie, has been hiding in various places throughout the golf club.  We have been updating our Instagram feed with all of the places that Purgie has been hiding.  Below, you can see each of the places we have found Purgie.  We will update this post through Christmas with each of the places we find our elf!

Wood burned Turkey

By: purgatorygolf on November 28th, 2013


This is a photograph of a turkey we cooked and then used a wood burner to create the Purgatory Logo on the outside of it prior to serving.Woodburned Turkey Behind the turkey is a backdrop of the 3th hole at Purgatory just after sunrise.

We also did another photo shoot for Instagram. In this image, we have the 3rd hole in the background, a Lego turkey, yes, that’s right it is a turkey made from Legos. I purchased it from, crazy name, but the creator ( is a Lego genius. I lined the chimney of the tiny house with tin foil, and place burning incense in it. I put burning tea lights in the log cabin and the wooden golf cart Mike had in his office.Lego Turkey


Here are some behind the scenes shots, because photographers take pictures of the pictures we’re getting ready to take. Crazy I know, but fun.