Bear Slide Golf Club, north of Indianapolis in Cicero, ranked 8th in the state on Golf Advisor in 2014.  (Kiel Christianson/Golf Advisor
) The Fort Golf Course is eight miles north of Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. (Courtesy of The Fort Golf Course) The Tom Fazio-designed Belterra Golf Course & Resort near Cincinnati is one of the best public courses in Indiana. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor) The Fuzzy Zoeller signature Covered Bridge Golf Club is located a short drive across the Ohio River in southern Indiana. (Courtesy of Covered Bridge G.C.) Royal Hylands Golf Club in Knightstown, Ind. was also rated the friendliest course in the U.S. in 2014.  (Courtesy of Royal Hylands G.C.)

From Coyote Crossing to Battle Ground: Golf Advisor's Top 15 Indiana courses in 2014

Just how good is the Hoosier state golf scene?

Well, Pete Dye would be proud of his home state. In 2014, Indiana courses landed two of the top three courses in Golf Advisor's top 50 in the U.S. in 2014. That's coming from golfers who paid to play the course, not panelists or architecture aficionados.

Maybe Indiana residents are just happy folks to begin with (Royal Hylands, for example, was rated the most friendly golf course in the U.S. in 2014). Or maybe the bang-for-buck is as good as any other state in the country. In any case, there are some strong contenders that fly well under the national radar.

From metropolitan Indianapolis to downstate near Louisville. Here's a look at the state's top 15. You can click on each course's link to read more in-depth reviews of the course.

Top 15 golf courses in Indiana in 2014

1. Coyote Crossing Golf Course, West Lafayette

2. Chariot Run Golf Club, Laconia (Top-rated Indiana course by conditions in 2014.)

3. Royal Hylands Golf Club, Knightstown (Top-rated Indiana course for value and staff friendliness.)

4. Belterra Casino Golf Club, Florence

5. Otter Creek Golf Course, Columbus

6. The Trophy Club, Lebanon

7. Harbor Links Golf Club at Sagamore Resort, Liberty

8. Bear Slide Golf Club, Cicero

9. Golf Club of Indiana, Lebanon

10. Hickory Stick Golf Club (Top-rated pace of play score in Indiana.)

11. The Fort Golf Course, Indianapolis

12. Noble Hawk Golf Links, Kendallville

13. Purgatory Golf Club, Noblesville

14. Covered Bridge Golf Club, Sellersburg

15. Battle Ground Golf Club, Battle Ground

Minimum of 20 reviews needed in 2014 to qualify.

UPDATE: Top 20 courses in Indiana according to Golf Advisor reviews in 2015

Apr 02, 2015

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corner1526 wrote at 2015-09-23 16:18:44+00:00:

I recommend checking out Sandy Pines Golf Club in DeMotte, Indiana if you haven't already been there before. This place is unbelievable in every aspect from the Pro Shop, Golf Course, and Restaurant!  The course itself is in excellent shape and the golf carts are brand new with the latest and greatest GPS Systems equipped.  I'm sure you will fall in love with this place!  With this course located in Northwest Indiana, it has many characteristics and similarities of what you would see in the Carolinas.  This course is located Right off I65 at Exit 230, Roselawn/DeMotte Exit. You are in for a REAL TREAT!  Check it out for yourself at  I believe this public course is one of the TOP 5 Courses in the State of Indiana if not TOP 3!  

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