French Lick Resort - Pete Dye Golf Course - No. 7
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French Lick Resort - Pete Dye Golf Course - No. 7
The Pete Dye Course at French Lick features deep bunkers, skinny fairways and long views. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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French Lick - No. 18
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French Lick - No. 18
The par-5 18th hole at French Lick presents a birdie opportunity if you can hit a good drive into the fairway. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 11
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Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 11
As hard as it is beautiful, the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana is never boring. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 2
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Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 2
A view from the tee on the par-4 second hole of the Dye Course at French Lick Resort. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 3
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Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 3
Playing 641 yards from the tips, the par-5 third on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort is a sharp dogleg left. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - third hole
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Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - third hole
The first par 3 on the Pete Dye golf course at French Lick Resort has an "infinity" green. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 7
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Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 7
The third shot plays severely uphill on the long, par-5 seventh on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort in Indiana. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 9
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Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 9
From the back tees, the par-4 ninth hole on the Pete Dye golf course at French Lick Resort is 532 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
West Baden Springs Hotel
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West Baden Springs Hotel
The West Baden Springs Hotel dome is a modern marvel of architecture. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 11
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Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 11
The highest vantage point on the par-4 11th hole on French Lick Resort's Dye Course actually comes from the forward tees. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - 11th
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Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - 11th
One of many signatures on the Dye Course at French Lick Resort is the double-dogleg split fairway and uphill par-5 14th. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 17
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Pete Dye golf course - French Lick Resort - no. 17
Another long par 4 at 518 yards from the tips, the 17th on French Lick Resort's Pete Dye Course doesn't give players a break down the stretch. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
Patio view at the Mansion
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Patio view at the Mansion
The mansion at French Lick has outdoor seating and a small grill for post-round drinks and lunch. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Teeing off at French Lick
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Teeing off at French Lick
There are many elevated tees at French Lick with great views (but makes the fairways look even skinnier). Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Dye Course at French Lick
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Dye Course at French Lick
The Dye Course at French Lick sits above Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Pete Dye at French Lick Mansion
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Pete Dye at French Lick Mansion
A statue of Indiana native Pete Dye greets golfers at his challenging course at French Lick, with one of his famous quotes: "The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flag stick on top... Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
French Lick Resort - Pete Dye golf course - no. 16
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French Lick Resort - Pete Dye golf course - no. 16
The par-3 16th hole can play up to 301 yards. Courtesy of French Lick Resort
Dye Course at French Lick - Sunrise
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Dye Course at French Lick - Sunrise
Sunrise at French Lick's Dye course is a surreal site. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Dye Course French Lick - caddie
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Dye Course French Lick - caddie
You can take a walking caddie or forecaddie on the Dye Course at French Lick. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Take a tour of the incredible Pete Dye golf course at French Lick Resort in Indiana

FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- Unlike anything else in the world, the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort is both extremely scenic and difficult. When it played host to the Senior PGA Championship won by Colin Montgomerie in 2015, the last-place golfer after the cut was 28 over par and didn't break 80 on the weekend.

Montgomerie, of course, had a little easier time of it, finishing at 8 under par, four strokes clear of second-place finisher Esteban Toledo. But he was on his game, so he enjoyed his experience. If you're on your game, you can have a pretty good time as well on this incredible golf course. But it will take some work to score well. Really, the key to having fun out here is to lower your scoring expectations and take what each hole gives you.

Elevated tees, incredible views, narrow ribbons of fairways and hardly a flat lie on the golf course is what awaits golfers who take on this 8,000-yard beast. One thing it is, of course, is memorable, with each hole distinct and with its own set of challenges.

Besides the Senior PGA, French Lick Resort's Dye Course has also played host to the the PGA Professional National Championship, the Big Ten championships as well as the LPGA Legends.

Dye Course at French Lick: Mike Bailey's review | Brandon Tucker's review

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