Otter Creek Golf Course
Otter Creek Golf Course has been ranked among the top 25 public golf courses in the U.S. since its inception in 1964. Located in the midst of a serene countryside, Robert Trent Jones Sr. created the original eighteen holes of this championship course. His design harmonizes the gently rolling hills of southern Indiana by utilizing the existing contours of the land to ensure that each shot is as natural as it could possibly be.
John “Spider” Miller, captain of the 2015 Walker Cup team, says “the Donald Ross Course at French Lick and Otter Creek are my two favorite courses in Indiana.”
Robert’s son, Rees Jones, designed an additional nine holes that would compliment the original course. Opened in June of 1995, the result is a “Links” course that is as challenging as the original design.
Many championship tournaments have been held at this property, including the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, multiple AJGA tournaments, NCAA regional championships, the Independent Youth classic, and the Indiana Men’s Amateur Championship – 26 times. The course has also served as a qualification site for the U.S and Senior Open, plus the National Public Links.
(Fun footnote – at the request of Bobby Jones, Robert Trent Jones Sr. redesigned the 11th at Augusta National Golf Club, the famed first hole of “Amen Corner.” Despite the name similarity, the two men were not related and, in order to make this distinction clear, Robert used his middle name, “Trent,” after working with Bobby Jones.)
- Read about Rees Jones’ innovative Corica Park course design, just east of San Francisco
wins at Otter Creek in 1987
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