The trail comes as a result of Gov. Mitch Daniels, the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, and Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association’s efforts to attract visitors to Indiana, giving Hoosiers and visitors the opportunity to play on the golf legend’s courses.
“We want to equip our state with attractions that not only draw Hoosiers, but those across the country in an effort to display our great state and all that it offers,” said Rep. Turner. “This golf trail will recognize Pete Dye as an accomplished Hoosier and continue to attract tourists from all over our country to invest their time and money into Indiana.”
The seven courses included in the trail are located throughout Indiana: Brickyard Crossing, The Fort Golf Resort and Maple Creek Golf & Country Club in Indianapolis, Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel, Mystic Hills Golf Club in Culver, Kampen Course in Lafayette, and The Pete Dye Course at French Lick.
Gov. Daniels suggested the Pete Dye Golf Trail after visiting a similar one in the state of Alabama. The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama was ranked Alabama’s number one tourism attraction in 2010 according to the Alabama Tourism Department.
“The Pete Dye Golf Trail will hopefully have the same positive impact on Indiana’s tourism as the trail in Alabama has seen,” said Rep. Turner. “This is a welcome addition to the tourist attractions in our state.”
Pete Dye has been an Indiana resident for more than 60 years. He has designed courses across the country. In addition, he has received the PGA Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. His wife Alice Dye is also a native Hoosier, course architect and accomplished golfer.
State Representative Eric Turner is the Speaker Pro Tempore and represents District 32 in the Indiana House of Representatives.