The director of golf operations at The Pete Dye Golf Course at French Lick Resort says a professional golf event this weekend is another boost to the course’s "cachet." Dave Harner says the fourth annual Legends Tour Championship will not only attract players and fans, but also draw some 200 volunteers that will generate some business for the local hospitality industry. The three-day event will feature 50 golfers from the Legends Tour, which features top LPGA members 45 and over.
A small group of Legends Honors Division players, who are 63 and over, will also be in attendance. Harner says the event will attract a "little narrower fan base" than a previous tournament like the 2015 Senior PGA Championship, but it provides opportunities for close interaction with the players. "The Legends Tour is a little different," he says. "They don’t put up gallery ropes, the players interact with the fans. A couple years ago, I saw Nancy Lopez stand at the ninth green and sign autographs in the pouring rain for an hour."
The event opens Friday with a pro-am. The first round starts Saturday and the championship round is Sunday.
The course boasts of a 40-mile view as it sits at one of the higher-elevations in the state. Harner says visitors and golfers generally come to The Pete Dye Golf Course from a four-to-five-hour radius.
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Pete Dye Golf Course at French Lick Resort Director of Golf Operations Dave Harner tells Inside INdiana Business the format has changed over the years.