The Ackerman-Allen Course is a Pete Dye design, 18-hole, parkland style, championship golf course on the grounds of Purdue University. Originally, the course was known as Purdue South and was built in 1934 by architect Bill Diddel. In 1961, the South Course hosted the NCAA Championship. Purdue was the eventual team champion, and the individual winner that year was Jack Nicklaus. In 1968, the course was redesigned by Larry Packard and in 1998, the course was developed further and renamed Ackerman Hills, in recognition of Jim and Lois Ackerman and their support of Purdue Athletics.
Ackerman Hills underwent another transformation, this time led by legendary architect Pete Dye. This would be the second time that Pete took on the challenge of converting an existing Purdue Course into a championship venue. Jim Ackerman and Purdue Director of Golf, Devon Brouse, conceived the renovation. With significant contributions from the Ackerman family and Sam Allen of John Deere, the Ackerman Hills golf course reopened in 2016 as the Ackerman-Allen Course. The course features large bent-grass greens, fairways, and tees. The layout provides golfers of all abilities with rolling hills, tree-lined fairways, and beautiful white sand, as well as providing five sets of tees ranging from 5,300 yards to 7,500 yards.
With 2 courses on the Pete Dye Golf Trail, Purdue University is excited for the opportunity to make Greater Lafayette one of Indiana’s premier golf destinations.
A visit to Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette allows visitors to experience three distinct districts that offer everything from a thriving nightlife, only found on a college campus, to charming art galleries. Chauncey Village District caters to students, alumni and visitors with an emphasis on Purdue traditions and memorabilia. Wabash River Front is hosts to some of the area’s largest events, festivals and attractions. The Arts and Market District offers quaint shops, museums and galleries.
Recently designated as one of Indiana's first Arts Districts, the local atmosphere is charged with stimulating creativity. Offering everything from local museums, performing and creative artists to nationally recognized entertainment through various arts organizations. But the creativity doesn't stop with the endless stream of galleries and theaters. Athletes, as well as scientists and engineers, have been known to demonstrate a great deal of ingenuity on and off of the field at Big Ten and NCAA events.
There are also over 30 parks in the area with a variety of recreational opportunities, including Wolf Park in Battle Ground. Columbian Park & Columbian Park Zoo offer a water park, playground areas for all ages and an interactive zoo. If in the mood for hiking, biking, canoeing or ice skating, check out Clegg Gardens, Tapawingo Park, or Wabash Heritage Trail for a fun-filled active day. Visitors are sure take away fun and exciting memories.
Come enjoy more than 275 local places to eat! Offering a variety of dining options that will suit all taste buds and budgets, diners are bound to find that perfect atmosphere and entrée you desired. Dive into the Duane Purvis Burger at Triple XXX, Indiana’s first and oldest drive-in, or stop in right across the street to Bruno’s and enjoy a few slices of hand-tossed pizza that keep guests going back for more. More local favorites include Arni’s, Sgt. Preston’s, Lafayette Brewing Co., and Red Seven, among many more that create an eclectic, unique culinary experience.