Belterra golf course - 18th
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Belterra golf course - 18th
The Tom Fazio-designed Belterra Golf Course & Resort is one of the best public courses in Indiana. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Belterra golf course - 2nd
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Belterra golf course - 2nd
The par-3 second hole at Belterra Golf Course & Resort plays 215 yards from the back tee. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Belterra golf course - 3rd
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Belterra golf course - 3rd
No. 3 at Belterra Golf Course & Resort is a short, par-4, dogleg right. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Belterra golf course - 4th
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Belterra golf course - 4th
The green on the par-5 fourth at Belterra Golf Course & Resort in Indiana is well protected. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Belterra golf course - 5th
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Belterra golf course - 5th
The tough, par-5 fifth at Belterra Golf Course & Resort has all the elements -- length, water and plenty of sand. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Belterra golf course - 7th
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Belterra golf course - 7th
The par-3 seventh hole at Belterra Golf Course & Resort plays over a water hazard. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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Belterra golf course
No. 12 is another pretty par 3 at Belterra Golf Course & Resort in Florence, Indiana. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Belterra golf course - 15th
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Belterra golf course - 15th
The par-4 15th begins a tough finishing stretch at Belterra Golf Club in Florence, Ind. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Belterra golf course - 17th
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Belterra golf course - 17th
The 423-yard, par-4 17th is one of the tougher holes at Belterra Golf Club in Florence, Indiana. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Belterra golf course - 18th
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Belterra golf course - 18th
The finishing hole at Belterra Golf Course & Resort is a good, risk-reward par 5. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

Fazio-designed Belterra Golf Course and Resort near Cincinnati is one of Indiana's most picturesque

FLORENCE, Ind. -- Ranked among the best casino courses in America, Belterra Golf Course & Resort is also one of the best public courses in Indiana.

As an amenity to the Belterra Casino and hotel, this Tom Fazio-designed gem is set among the natural rolling hillside of eastern Indiana, winding through lakes and more than 2,200 trees. Elevated tees bring views that go on for miles.

There's water on many of the holes as well as Fazio's signature bunkers, both in the fairways and the greens. The finishing stretch, starting with the no. 2-handicap hole -- the par-4 15th -- is particularly memorable, ending with a good risk-reward par 5 that finishes by a lake in front of the resort.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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