One of Indiana’s top public courses, Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus is a 27-hole championship course. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., who has designed more than 500 courses around the world, many of which are listed among Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.”
Robert’s son, Rees Jones, followed in his father’s golf spikes. In his early years, he would accompany him while surveying courses. In 1995, he designed an additional nine holes at the Otter Creek Golf Course. Becoming an accomplished designer in his own right, Rees has since created over 100 golf courses.
The 27-hole golf course features more than 300 acres of hilly terrain and over 3,000 trees. The peaceful streams of both Otter Creek and Clifty Creek wind throughout, providing natural water hazards.
The course has hosted multiple NCAA events, 26 Indiana state championships, as well as 10 AJGA regional golf championships – in 2021, Otter Creek was recognized for having the best AJGA tournament in the nation for its course conditions, its many community volunteers, and its hospitality.
Original 18 Holes
In harmony with the graceful rolling hills in Southern Indiana, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed the original course, which was completed in 1964. Jones considered the thirteenth hole at Otter Creek “the best he ever designed” and named it “Alcatraz.” The 185-yard, par-3 is fronted by a wandering creek and is framed by towering Indiana Sycamore trees.
It has been said that the original 18 holes has matured like a fine wine, improving with age. Always in championship shape, this course has truly passed the test of time.
Additional Nine Holes
Named the East Course, this par-36 layout designed by Rees Jones has been described as “strong” and “spirited.” The setting is considered pure and pristine – there are pastoral landscapes with cornfields and rustic barns. Everywhere you turn is a snapshot of the Hoosier outdoor experience.
After the addition of these nine holes in 1995, the original 18 holes is now referred to as the North Course (front nine) and the West Course (back nine).
In 1964, the Clubhouse was designed by modernist architect Harry Weese, one of Chicago’s most distinguished architects. He built several other notable buildings in the Columbus area, including First Baptist Church, The First Financial Bank-Eastbrook, the former Irwin Union Bank-Hope, the Cummins Columbus Engine Plant and the Cummins Inc. Technical Center.
The Otter Creek Clubhouse includes spacious lounge and dining areas overlooking the picturesque golf course. The floor-to-ceiling perimeter windows are protected by thin shed roofs that create deep porches. Even though the clubhouse is modernist in style, it blends with its rural surroundings with the extensive use of wood. The precision of the building’s geometric patterns compliments the orderliness of the golf course design.
The restaurant in the Clubhouse can serve as a “grab n’ golf” stop or a full dining experience, with menu items from sandwiches and burgers to Chicken Manhattan and prime rib. Your experience will be a winning combination of delicious food, attentive hospitality and the stunning views of the golf course.