Otter Creek Golf Course

The capital of Hoosier Golf

By Mike May

If you are a golfer in Indiana, you have heard about the Otter Creek Golf Course, located near Columbus, in south central Indiana. If you are a serious golfer in Indiana, then you have probably played Otter Creek. And, if you are a good golfer living anywhere in the world, then put Otter Creek on your 'bucket list,' if you have not played it yet.

Otter Creek is one of Indiana's top golf courses. It is not a private course. It's a public course. There is no pool, tennis courts, or a spa. It is simply a golf course - always has been and always will be.

Opened in 1964, Otter Creek - designed by the late, legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. - has matured like a fine wine. It has gotten better with age! Otter Creek is as appealing now as it was when it opened back in 1964.

"Building tournament golf courses today usually involves large scale earth moving equipment," says Chad Cockerham, PGA head golf professional at Otter Creek. "Course architects can begin with a clean canvas and build the landscape they desire. Fifty years ago, architects took the landscape and designed the course into it. You could say the golf course was always here, Mr. (Robert Trent) Jones just chipped way the rough pieces. What was left was a fair test that provides a stage where champions distinguish themselves from the rest of the field."

Otter Creek is now a 27-hole complex. In 1995, another set of nine holes - the East course designed by Rees Jones -- was opened. The original 18 holes were renamed the North (front nine) and the West (back nine).

This course was originally owned by Cummins Engine, the largest employer in the area. The course was intended to be used by Cummins' employees, but soon after opening, the company donated the course to the City of Columbus. Golfers are now indebted to Cummins Engine.

Amateur golf is especially indebted to the existence of Otter Creek. Why? Because the Indiana State Amateur Golf Tournament was held here from 1965 - 1990 and on five other occasions since then. Otter Creek is where Indiana's amateur golfers go to earn their golfing credibility.

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Revised: 02/08/2018 - Article Viewed 146 Times - View Golf Course Profile

Written By: Mike May

Mike May Mike May is a Wellington, Florida-based freelance golf and sportswriter, who is also a 25+ year public relations and communications executive in the sporting goods industry. He is also a veteran high school soccer official, an experienced high school basketball coach, an avid athlete, a part-time personal trainer, and a passionate golfer who is forever in pursuit of Old Man Par. He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America.

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