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.
Lafayette & West Lafayette offer many lodging options including Hampton Inn & Suites, Four Points by Sheraton, Homewood Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, multiple superhost Airbnb properties and more than 25 other well-known hotel brands. All located within a short drive from the course.
Here in Lafayette and West Lafayette, we are all things Purdue! Enjoy the excitement of a football game at Ross-Ade Stadium, a basketball game at Mackey Arena or tour Purdue’s campus where Neil Armstrong and Drew Brees once studied. There’s something for everyone on this Big Ten campus!
The 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.
There are 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.
Enjoy a variety of more than 275 dining options that will suit all taste buds and budgets. 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 and their famous Bruno Dough. Experience the variety of bars and pubs Lafayette & West Lafayette has to offer. Visit the Knickerbocker Saloon, Indiana’s oldest bar, Go Ugly Early at Harry’s Chocolate Shop and give the local beer a try at one of our fantastic breweries.