Purgatory Golf Club

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4.6
138
5 Stars
90
4 Stars
35
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.5
96.2%
Recommend this course
126 out of 138 reviews
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4.5
18
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.8
94.4%
Recommend this course
17 out of 18 reviews
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4.5
24
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.9
95.8%
Recommend this course
23 out of 24 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7754
Slope 142
Rating 78.1
Type Public
Spread across 218 acres, the Ron Kern-designed Purgatory Golf Club is the longest par-72 course east of the Mississippi River. Nevertheless, the course is set up to be enjoyed by all, with six different sets of tees ranging from more than 7,700 yards all the way down to just under 4,600 yards. Bunkering is one of the club's defining features, with more than 130 coming into play. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the par-3 17th, where eight massive bunkers almost completely surround the putting surface.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Purgatory 72 7754 yards 78.1 142
Black 72 7268 yards 76.1 137
Blue 72 6796 yards 73.8 131
White 72 6422 yards 72.0 128
Green 72 5683 yards 68.5 121
Green (W) 72 5683 yards 73.4 126
Yellow (W) 72 4562 yards 66.9 115
Scorecard for Purgatory Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Purgatory M: 78.1/142 373 462 197 473 551 434 231 487 579 3787 473 406 235 741 469 453 474 173 543 3967 7754
Black M: 76.1/137 361 442 173 445 533 417 212 481 561 3625 449 390 202 590 454 434 441 159 524 3643 7268
Blue M: 73.8/131 332 409 156 421 508 395 183 455 544 3403 424 356 184 558 436 397 409 145 484 3393 6796
White M: 72.0/128 328 394 142 408 489 372 156 423 519 3231 396 328 170 528 430 378 384 120 457 3191 6422
Tee Combo I M: 69.5/119 W: 75.6/130 332 338 142 380 454 372 136 338 519 3011 339 328 160 528 387 326 380 145 457 3050 6061
Green M: 68.5/121 W: 73.4/126 260 338 109 380 454 313 136 338 450 2778 339 291 160 490 387 326 380 115 417 2905 5683
Tee Combo II M: 64.4/107 W: 68.9/117 206 295 91 292 454 241 96 336 450 2461 289 251 89 490 250 298 293 54 417 2431 4892
Yellow W: 66.9/115 206 295 91 292 367 241 96 336 372 2296 289 251 89 357 250 298 293 54 385 2266 4562
Handicap 18 8 16 2 6 10 12 4 14 7 15 11 5 3 9 1 17 13
Par 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 5 36 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 36 72
Handicap (W) 14 8 18 6 4 12 16 10 2 11 13 15 3 5 9 1 17 7

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ron Kern (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

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4.6
138

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 16
Patio Dining 6
Watching the Game 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 38
Undulating Greens 29
Plays Long 20
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 26
A Weekend Splurge 22
Locals 14
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 22
In the 'Burbs 20
Convenient to the City 8

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Unique course

Unusual, challenging layout. Lots of bunkers, water, undulations and berms. Fun course to play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Stay In the fairway

Course was nice but if you got off the fairway two feet you would lose your ball. Rough was too high and you wasted at least thirty minutes looking for your ball . I found as many as I lost but it was frustrating.

Other than that I enjoyed the round.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

Great course. Great shape. Links style. If your in Indy area and you want to play must put on your list.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 07/05/2018

Thank you for the great review! We are very happy that you enjoyed the course. Please come back and see us again.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Gem. Complete Gem

Purgatory is the place to play! I’ve played here 4 times. Played in the sun, in the rain and in the wind and it has been a blast each time!

Many tee options including the tips called “purgatory” which will challenge the best player.

In my opinion, this course is the premier public course in the Indianapolis area.

Greens run true and QUICK

Velvet fairways

Manicures bunkers ( a lot of them!!)

Beautiful fescue separating holes

Water in play that just adds to the beauty.

Staff are all great, accommodating clubhouse and great replay options.

Play this course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 06/29/2018

Thank you for the 5 star review! We are very happy that you enjoyed the course. Hope to see you soon.

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Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Challenge

Course has a great layout. Good condition. Multiple tee boxes to be as challenging as you want. I played it at 7300 yards and was a great test!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 06/29/2018

Happy you enjoyed the golf course. Thank you for the 5 star review

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Worth the drive

Layout and design suburb. Club house is amazing and the staff were very helpful to me being that I had traveled a fair distance to visit.

Only down fall was cart paths and lack there of. I can accept the fact they receive have a lot of out of town visitors but the course conditions should be a top priority. It was very rough entering and exiting the fairways.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 06/29/2018

James, Thank you for the 5 star review we are happy you enjoyed the course. Please come and see us again when you are in town. The maintenance staff is in the process of addressing several problem areas of the cart paths.

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice track but missing amenities

This is a very nice course that has not maintained the quality I am use to on this course. For such a long course with many blind shots it is sad that the carts do not have GPS or at least the sprinkler heads should have distances. I played this course before when they had both. Unfortunately now nearly every sprinkler head was missing the distance. This is very disconcerting especially on par 3s. This also adds substantially to the speed of play.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 06/29/2018

Rmaethner, We are sorry that you did not have a 5 star experience. We hope you give us another try in the near future. Purgatory is currently in discussions with a GPS company and if everything goes well we will have GPS units on the carts in the near future. The staff can recommend several free apps that work extremely well at Purgatory.

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apgleason
Commented On 06/29/2018

I’m not sure you looked hard enough? When I played the course 2 days after you, every tee box (par 3s included) had a yardage marker as well as multiple markers in the fairways. You may have to pace your yardage, but that’s acceptable in golf, right?

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Where do I start. First bag drop and check in, where I have no idea!!!! Walked all over before I found pro shop. Signs would be nice. Staff friendly no question. However their starter friendly as he was, could not keep his mouth shut at all during our tee off. Never seen anything like this before. Nice guy but honestly I’m not paying to have him ramble on. Having set the tone, thank you Bob, the course is well maintained and very difficult, very very difficult. Oh and thanks Bob for the 6 hole interruption while hitting our second shots. Look I have no problem with pace of play. However when Bob comes to us and explains how he’s handling speed of play with the forward group and then actually slows everything down by his stories, well that’s not helpful when their was no reason to interject himself. Pace was fine.

Look course is way to hard for us mere mortals and the slope ratings are just a tad lowwwww.

Price was fine course was nuts and Bob needs to shut the heck up.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 06/23/2018

Thank you for the 5 star review. We are very happy you enjoyed the golf course. Hope you get out to play soon.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fathers Day Weekend

Great course in great condition. Staff was excellent and very helpful. Will definitely play again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 06/19/2018

Thank you for the excellent review. We are very happy that you enjoyed the day, hope to see you soon.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Risk Reward

Mental preparation is rewarded for each shot, from tee to green. If you don't properly set up your shots you'll get beat up. Pace of play excellent. 18 holes under 4 hours. Tee boxes immaculate. Staff superb. Would recommend bag pick up from car or more convenient bag drop-off,

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 06/09/2018

Thank you for the 5-star review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your round. Sorry, we did not have outside operations personnel available when you played, they may have been performing other duties when you arrived.

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Challenging Layout

Had a hot deal during the week. Pace of play was fast. Staff was good. Course was in good shape. Greens are tough to read. Cool and challenging layout. Only negative was there was no way to know pin location.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bring your A game

Recommend that you do not play this course for your first round of the year. I will be back to take it on later in the summer.

Love the layout, greens, and challenges it presents. Course offers multiple tees so utilize the one that matches your handicap - indicated on the scorecard.

One drawback is the carts do not have gps so ensure you bring your own.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 05/28/2018

Thank you for the recommendation. Hope to see you soon,

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Highly recommend

Great layout and condition. My son and I had lot of fun. Challenging, but open with immaculate and fast greens. We’ll come back for sure.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 05/19/2018

Thank you for the 5 star review. We are very happy you enjoyed the course and the day, hope to see you soon,

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 25 Contributor
Indy Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Lightning Greens and Tall Rough

Purgatory is in the best shape I've seen it since moving to the Indy area 3 years ago, with the exception of parts of the 5th and 6th greens which are being patched. But everything else is in great shape.

While it's cliche to say anywhere, especially here, do not spray the ball into the tall stuff. It is extremely thick and tall right now. In some spots you can find your ball in the tall stuff, but in others (such as on 16) kiss it goodbye.

Greens are their usual fast speed, and combine that with the undulation and stay under the hole.

As always it's one of the best plays around, and well worth the cost, especially in its current condition.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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PurgatoryGolfClub
Commented On 05/19/2018

DrOldSchool, thank you for the great review. Glad you enjoyed the day, hope to see you soon.

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