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Value
4.1
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4.3
Friendliness
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Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Parkland
Par 72
Length 7546 yards
Slope 137
Rating 76.8

Course Details

Year Built 1934
Fairways Bentgrass
Greens Bentgrass
Golf Season Year round
Architect William Diddel (1934) Larry Packard (1968) Pete Dye (2016)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper attire is required.

Food & Beverage

Snacks

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 College Courses in the U.S. (2019 #7)

Reviews

4.7
11 Reviews (11)
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Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Spectacular Course

What a spectacular course. Classic Pete Dye design. Challenging tee boxes, fairways and greens. Yet friendly enough for junior golfers and high handicappers to want to come back again. First time here and the course was as fun to look at and admire as it was to play. My second course bon the Pete Dye Trail. We will be back for sure.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Indy Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 191
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Indy Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Indiana Advisor
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

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!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

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 .

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Fun course--hilly and challenging

I park on this course for Purdue football games, so it was fun to play it instead.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

sand traps could be maintained better

Sand traps could be maintained better, The course was enjoyable - wonderful trees.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Well maintained course

The course was in great shape. It has a variety of challenging greens along with narrow fairways.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0

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.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
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