The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 15
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 15
The back tees on the par-5 15th hole play 665 yards. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 17
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 17
The 17th hole is a moderate length par 4 with an elevated green with two distinct tiers on the left and right side. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 1
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 1
Teeing off on the first hole at French Lick, a straightaway par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 14
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 14
The 14th hole heads down the hill from the crest of the fairway to one of the few greens that is not elevated. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 2
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 2
The par-4 2nd hole is another hole where part of the fairway is blind off the tee. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 11
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 11
The 11th hole is a short but dauntingly uphill par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 3
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 3
The relatively short par-4 3rd hole plays downhill to one of the course's more accessible greens. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 8
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 8
The 8th green is one of the more unique and slopes from back to front. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 13
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 13
From the back tees, the 13th hole can play 252 yards, one of three par 3s over 240 from the tips. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - Clubhouse
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - Clubhouse
A small but very charming clubhouse sits beside the elevated 9th and 18th greens. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 1
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 1
The view from the first tee at the Ross Course at French Lick Resort. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - blueprints
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - blueprints
In the lower level of the clubhouse, you can find old blueprints of the Ross Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - restaurant
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - restaurant
The clubhouse has a large dining area and bar that overlooks the course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - Panoramic
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - Panoramic
A panoramic of the front nine with the clubhouse on a hill to the right on the Ross Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 18
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - No. 18
The par-4 18th hole plays from an elevated tee to an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - 100 years
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The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort - 100 years
The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort celebrates 100 years in 2017. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

In Photos: The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana

FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- The Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort is celebrating its centennial in 2017. The course, known in its early days as "The Hill Course," makes for one of the most dramatic Donald Ross-designed golf courses you can play in the U.S. An extensive renovation in 2006 brought it back to its standing a formidable test. The Ross Course hosted the 1924 PGA Championship, when this little outpost was in its heyday as both a wellness retreat and place to party and gamble illegally. Walter Hagen won the match play championship that year. The course also hosted the 1959 and 1960 LPGA Championships, won by Mickey Wright and Betsy Rawls, respectively.

Today's golfers are still going to be plenty challenged by the Ross Course, which plays as a par 70 that is over 7,000 yards from the championship tees. Many tees and greens are elevated, so golfers usually have a great view of the entire hole, and the many traps that guard it, but the approach shots are often uphill to sloping greens. The trick to the Ross course is that you must take enough club to account for elevation but also leave the ball below the hole or risk three-and-four putting. There are some blind tee shots, perhaps none better than the par-4 4th hole, which plays uphill over a crest and then heads back down towards one of the few non-elevated greens that sits beside a collection pond.

Another notable feature of the Ross course is three of the four par 3s are extremely long. From the back tees, three of them play over 240 yards. The 17th, meanwhile, is a chip-shot par 3 at about 145 yards but has a very interesting green.

The Ross Course is located about a mile away from the West Baden Springs and French Lick Springs hotels. It's open to the general public, or resort guests can take a complimentary shuttle to the course. There is a small but well-appointed clubhouse at the Ross Course with framed architectural blueprints of the course in the basement as well as full locker rooms. A full restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor seating is available as well. Do note however there is no driving range onsite here. ( Read Brandon Tucker's full review of the Ross Course at French Lick .)

Video: Ross Course at French Lick celebrates 100 years

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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