Best of 2016: Top 25 golf courses in Indiana

There may be no better state for golf in the entire country than the Hoosier State, at least according to 2016 reviews on Golf Advisor. The home of Pete Dye scored five courses in the U.S. Top 50, an impressive feat given its size and largely lesser-known courses compared to other top destinations.

What makes Indiana golf so great? The best courses earned exceptional marks for staff friendliness and value. It also helps to have the Dye family attached to so many course designs, too. Casino and resort properties factor into the list, as well as some top courses around Indianapolis, plus more rural and southern Indiana areas closer to Louisville.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

Don't see your favorite Indiana golf course? You can make your voice heard by writing a review here.

Top courses by subcategory in Indiana in 2016

Course layout: Glendarin Hills Golf Club
Course conditions: Glendarin Hills Golf Club
Value: Royal Hylands Golf Club
Off-course amenities: Belterra Golf Club
Pace of play: West Chase Golf Club
Staff friendliness: Glendarin Hills Golf Club

Top 25 golf courses in Indiana in 2016










Battle Ground


Winona Lake

West Lafayette




No. 16 course layout in the U.S. in 2016

West Lafayette

French Lick


No. 37 in the U.S. in 2016

No. 24 in the U.S. in 2016

French Lick
No. 23 in the U.S. in 2016

No. 20 in the U.S. in 2016

No. 9 in the U.S. in 2016

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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Why is Crooked Stick not here? Also, some of my favorites, Brickyard (Speedway) and The Players Club (Muncie) are great as well.

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