The Pete Dye Golf Course at French Lick Resort has earned the 2017 Golf Course of the Year honor by the National Golf Course Owners Association. The announcement marks the first time a Pete Dye-designed course has received the award.
The course received the award at the NGCOA 2017 Golf Business Conference, held alongside the Golf Industry Show in Orlando. Finalists were selected based on criteria including ownership and management, community impact and contributions to the game of golf. Other finalists included Canoe Brook Country Club in New Jersey, Chi Chi Rodriguez Gold Club in Florida and Poppy Hills Golf Course in California.
French Lick Resort Director of Golf Dave Harner says the course "has become a symbol of excellence in the industry being an economic driver that is changing the lives of so many people through jobs, major golf championships and our many charitable events.
The award is the latest bit of good news for the course. In December, the LPGA Tour announced it would hold its annual Senior LPGA Championship in July in French Lick. The 54-hole event will be televised live on the Golf Channel and feature a $600,000 purse.
The course opened in 2009 and earned best new course awards from Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine. The course was also a key component in the $600 million restoration and casino development project in French Lick led by Bill Cook.