Ackerman-Allen at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex
|Gold (W)||72||6003 yards||74.8||128|
|Silver (W)||72||5255 yards||70.6||119|
|Black M: 76.8/137||461||605||390||370||300||543||180||401||478||3728||376||434||434||187||560||487||574||253||513||3818||7546|
|Blue M: 73.2/128||398||580||360||360||192||531||171||394||415||3401||363||390||402||161||457||446||545||204||469||3437||6838|
|White M: 70.9/125||361||490||343||350||167||521||154||376||401||3163||351||382||379||144||449||436||515||172||372||3200||6363|
|Gold M: 69.2/121 W: 74.8/128||345||479||334||339||146||497||136||359||380||3015||308||354||363||127||441||409||479||155||352||2988||6003|
|Silver M: 65.9/114 W: 70.6/119||313||439||305||285||123||420||112||300||357||2654||278||300||332||92||399||349||426||102||323||2601||5255|
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I like it better than Kampen
I loved the Ackerman course. It was an outstanding parkland style layout with quick greens. The course is in fantastic shape tee to green. The bunkers are extremely playable. The practice facilities are second to none This course has everything you'd want out of a day of golf.
Solid Dye Course
Ackerman, which was reworked by Dye in recent years, is a solid parkland-style layout. Not nearly as tricked up as Kampen on the other side of the street. But it still has the dye hallmarks of chipping areas, railroad ties, and sneaky greens. Some elevation change and trees do await on some holes, but it's a very playable layout. Everything was in great shape tee-to-green. It would be a beast from the tips with a 300 yard par 3 and 500+ yard par 4 on the card. It carries a high price tag as others suggest, but it's well worth a stop if you're near Purdue/Lafayette or on I-65.
I like the course, but would never pay $95!
Played the Ackerman course on a Sat morning, had almost perfect weather. I never had the chance to play the old course before the redo, so I won't discuss the changes.
Course is very well grassed, appears to have grown in well. Tee boxes, fairways and greens were in solid shape. The "hills" moniker is fairly accurate, as the course kinda weaves back and forth over a ridge. Front 9 plays pretty close to one another so watch for errant shots. Layout is fair - I don't see a whole lot Pete Dye in this though. There's not much trouble left, most of the tee boxes point you right down the middle, and the greens are kinda big, some undulation, but not overly quick. The bunkers seemed easy to avoid. The bunkers were in pretty bad shape really. I only hit 2, but none had been raked and all were pretty thin on sand.
The rough is bluegrass, and where it was thick, it was mean; otherwise it was playable. There are some fun holes, requiring some know-how to place your tee shot (9, 11 are fun). From the whites, the par 5s were gettable, made it fun. #6 is a tough par 5, fun. Par 3s are just ok, nothing too remarkable.
They've got a set of championship tees that are a mile long, likely only useful for college teams. I think the blue tees showcase the course the best, but even with this it looks and plays like a 50$ course. We only got here today because we got a deal and hadn't had a chance to play it. Had I paid 95$ I would have been pretty disappointed; the Kampen course across the street is worth the money, and is easily the better course. This track needs to reconsider pricing and settle in as the "little brother" course. Next time in Lafayette I'll play Kampen.
Pete Dye Course
Played here twice, both times was impressed with layout and course conditions, but a little indifferent to layout. Greens were pretty flat and predictable. There are more than one hole that are very similar to old South Course.....yet fees are $90 if you don't have a Purdue Card, $39 if you do (senior rate). The Burke facility is top drawer, but there are now two $90 courses on site, pricey for the area....with old South (Ackerman Hills), you still had two distinct choices and price points.
Pace of play is OK, but ran into an issue recently...was given first tee time in advance (playing as a solo), yet four groups went off before me (I was 15 minutes early!!)...skipped #2 green , plus #3 and #4 then pace was fast, slowed only by mowers, which you would expect playing early in morning....btw...this is a beautiful course!!!
Pete Dye redesign of Ackerman
$95 Greens Fee is extremely high. Course expectatio ns fell far short of what was promised. Liked the character of the old Ackerman / South course much better. Wait to play until Greens fee comes down to $50 .
Great feature and interesting course layout
Played Ackerman today for the opening shotgun start scramble tournament for the Purdue Staff Golf League (I have played this course at least 40 times, maybe more). We shot -3. and I won the longest drive in the fairway with a 300-yd drive on 12, our last hole of the day.
Fun course--hilly and challenging
I park on this course for Purdue football games, so it was fun to play it instead.
sand traps could be maintained better
Sand traps could be maintained better, The course was enjoyable - wonderful trees.
Well maintained course
The course was in great shape. It has a variety of challenging greens along with narrow fairways.
Mature Course with some Nice Views
As a Purdue student I have played this course at least 20+ times over the last few years. I really like walking Ackerman! The holes are spaced just enough to keep the tee box from being on top of the previous green but close enough to make it a nice walking course.
The course feels a bit dated--Fat Jack won the Big 10 golf championships here when he was at Ohio--but, despite the older feel to the course it has a nice "mature" feel. The leaves make it hard to find your ball at times! However, the course looks stunning during the fall when the leaves are gold, yellow, red, etc.
This course can also get VERY busy, depending on when you play, so beware of slow play.
Worth a play if you are in town for a few days. If you are only able to play one course while visiting the Purdue area the more memorable course is the north course called Kampen.