Purgatory golf course - 1st hole
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Purgatory golf course - 1st hole
Architect Rob Kern eases you into Purgatory Golf Club with a drivable par 4 on the first (depending on the tees you play). Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Purgatory Golf Club - No. 4
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Purgatory Golf Club - No. 4
Catch it at the right time of the day, and Purgatory Golf Club can indeed look other worldly. Courtesy of Tenna Merchent/Purgatory G.C.
Purgatory Golf Club - No. 2
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Purgatory Golf Club - No. 2
The second hole at Purgatory Golf Club presents a challenging tee shot. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Purgatory golf course - 4th hole
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Purgatory golf course - 4th hole
The redan-style, par-3 fourth has the largest green at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Purgatory G.C. - 5th hole
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Purgatory G.C. - 5th hole
Water comes into play on the approach and second shot on the par-5 fifth at Purgatory Golf Club north of Indianapolis. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Purgatory golf course - 7th hole
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Purgatory golf course - 7th hole
The par-3 seventh hole at Purgatory Golf Club can play 231 yards from the back tee. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Purgatory Golf Club - No. 9
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Purgatory Golf Club - No. 9
The front nine at Purgatory Golf Club ends with a 579-yard par 5. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Purgatory golf course - 10th hole
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Purgatory golf course - 10th hole
A collection area right of the green catches a lot of approach shots on the long par-4 19th at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana. Courtesy of Tenna Merchent/Purgatory G.C.
Purgatory Golf Club - No. 12
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Purgatory Golf Club - No. 12
Another par 3 that can play more than 235 yards, the 13th at Purgatory Golf Club has all the elements. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Purgatory golf course - 13th hole
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Purgatory golf course - 13th hole
From the back tees, the par-5 13th at Purgatory Golf Club can play as long as 741 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Purgatory Golf Club - No. 14
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Purgatory Golf Club - No. 14
The difficult, par-4 14th at Purgatory Golf Club shines at sunset. Courtesy of Tenna Merchent/Purgatory G.C.
Purgatory golf course - 16th hole
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Purgatory golf course - 16th hole
Purgatory Golf Club's 16th is a 474-yard par 4, and the no. 1-handicap hole. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Purgatory Golf Club - No. 17
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Purgatory Golf Club - No. 17
Nicknamed "Hell's Half Acre," the par-3 17th at Purgatory Golf Club is surrounded by huge bunkers. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Purgatory Golf Club - No. 18
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Purgatory Golf Club - No. 18
Purgatory Golf Club ends with a reachable par 5, especially if you take the shorter route on the left side of the fairway. Mike Bailey/GolfPass
Purgatory G.C.  - putting green
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Purgatory G.C. - putting green
Purgatory Golf Club has excellent practice facilities, including an expansive putting green. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Heaven on earth: A look around Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- With six sets of tees ranging from 4,400 yards to nearly 7,800 yards, Purgatory Golf Club truly is a golf course for all levels of players. From the front tees, lesser players don't have any forced carries and could conceivably even putt from the tee on the par-3 17th.

Designed by Indiana native architect Ron Kern, the golf course has a links look with extensive bunkering, high fescue rough and large, undulating greens.

Opened in 2000, Purgatory Golf Club, which was actually blessed by a priest, also has excellent practice facilities and an expansive clubhouse with a well stocked golf shop and full-service food-and-beverage operation.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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Heaven on earth: A look around Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana