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Thursday, January 24, 2013
French Lick Courses Listed Among Golf Digest America's 100 Greatest Public
French Lick, IN - The Pete Dye Course and Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort in southern Indiana have once again earned rankings among Golf Digest's elite list of America's 100 Greatest Public Courses. The two premier courses were also ranked as the two top public in the state of Indiana.

The publication's biennial review of America's top public courses appears in the February 2013 issue. Golf Digest used over 1,100 members of its Course Ranking Panel and asked each to submit ballots based on seven criteria including shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning, and ambience.

"We are thrilled to once again have both the Pete Dye and Donald Ross courses ranked among America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses by Golf Digest," said Dave Harner, French Lick Resort's director of golf. "To continue having our courses recognized by arguably the leading golf publication and course raters in the country, and to have the best public courses in Indiana solidifies our destination as one of the top golf experiences in the country.

The Pete Dye course, ranked No. 17 on the list, joins four other top courses from the Midwest ranked among the top 20 including Whistling Straits (Straits), Blackwolf Run, and Erin Hills in Wisconsin, and Arcadia Bluffs in Michigan.

The Pete Dye Course, which was also selected among America's 100 Greatest Courses (No. 93) by Golf Digest in 2013, is regarded as one of the most breathtaking and exciting 18 holes of golf in the country. The course was carefully carved on a dramatic hilltop offering a variety of elevation changes, rugged and dramatic terrain, narrow fairways and challenging bunkers. There are spectacular views from every hole, some that stretch for over 40 miles overlooking the Hoosier National Forest.

The historic Donald Ross course, ranked No. 100 on the list, hosted the 1924 PGA Championship and recently completed a multi-million dollar restoration. The Ross course is a parkland gem meandering up and down the rolling hills a few miles from the French Lick Springs Hotel. The wonderful routing of the holes take full advantage of the many elevation points for the classic Ross greens which slope dramatically from back to front. It is one of only two public Ross courses in the state of Indiana.

French Lick Resort joins Kohler as the only resorts in the Midwest with multiple courses ranked among America's 100 Greatest Public Courses. It is also the only resort in the world that combines the classic history of Donald Ross and the modern day design of the legendary Pete Dye.

The Pete Dye Course is already on the national radar, having hosting the 2010 PGA of America's Professionals National Championship, the Big Ten Men's and Women's Championships in 2012, 2013, 2014, Indiana Open in 2012, and will be hosting the LPGA Legends Championships in 2013.

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About French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.
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