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4.4
236 Reviews (236)
5 Stars
145
4 Stars
68
3 Stars
17
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
92.7%
Recommend this course
217 out of 236 reviews
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4.5
61 Reviews (61)
5 Stars
37
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
95.1%
Recommend this course
58 out of 61 reviews
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4.5
67 Reviews (67)
5 Stars
41
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
95.5%
Recommend this course
64 out of 67 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Par 72
Length 7754 yards
Slope 142
Rating 78.1

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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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.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
236 Reviews (236)

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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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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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.

Played On
Reviews 38
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Less than I expected

The course was in fairly good condition but the cart paths need to be repaved badly And the tee boxes on the practice range were in poor condition. as there was no sod in the setup area. You practically hit balls with a hard pan.
I just expected more from the course overall.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 28
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Extreme windy conditions

Greens
Rolled better then they looked
Fairways
Very good
Tees
Very good
Bunkers
For most part fair
Should have played more forward tee box’s
Was paired with another 2 some that
Was playing wrong tees also

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played

Great course, obviously struggling financially

Greens were average, traps were like concrete. Realise it's fall, so hopefully they get the money they need to bring the course back to what it used to be

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Fun course

A fun course with a few holes on the back 9 being pretty memorable (11 is very pretty and the closing 3 holes are fun). They had just aerated the greens which while completely understandable, diminished the experience a bit. Off the fairways, things could get a little patchy/rocky. Some of the bunkers need sand - I fear they've overdone the number of bunkers and may not be keeping up with maintenance on those. While not important to the golf game itself, the cart paths were in pretty poor condition - you'll blow a tire in a few spots if you don't pay attention.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course.

Had a great time and pace was good though we waited a few minutes on every hole in the back 9.
Greens have been recently aerated which made putting difficult but understandable this time of the year.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Mid October Purgatory

Turned out to be a cold somewhat wet round. Even so, the greens were very fast and as usual, the course won. Cart paths have been improved some but in some cases unless you exit the proper side of a green you can spend a lot of time looking for the next tee.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Challenging Golf Course

Fun course to play, though conditions were very dry. Positioning on the greens are key and many greens are multi tiered and fast! I would play again if ever in the area.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
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
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Challenge

I played here for a charity outing. Course was a really fun challenge. Greens were in great shape, fairways looked good and I’m glad I didn’t visit when they had knee-high rough. Would definitely recommend getting some buddies together and seeing who will come out on top.

Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Interesting

This was my first time at this course. I was expecting a very difficult course. It was definitely challenging. The fairways and greens were in excellent condition. The roughs were a little dry. The greens were very fast, but fun to play, because they were very smooth and predictable. I was pleasantly surprised by my putting today. I do think this course has a little too many sand traps. 18 is ridiculous. Most of the traps were not very soft, and were more dirt and rock than sand.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

GROSS ON A PRICE/COURSE COMPARISON

No GPS BUT WANNA CHARGE SOOOOO LUCH? SMH
BATHROOMS DISGUSTING (pic). Best thing about this course was the female bartender. ALL ELSE FAILED EXPECTATIONS!!!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 42
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

A must play in the Indianapolis area

Purgatory is definitely deserving of the Top 10 public courses in Indiana hype. How high up is for you to decide but if you’re trying to play the best courses in the state you have to make the effort to visit here.

Lots of good holes and not in bad ones. If you’re hitting the bell well you’ll be rewarded and if not you shouldn’t be punished too severely. The 17th is definitely the signature hole and the par 3s are very good as a set, which is something which always sets a course apart from its peers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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