Once a key U.S. Army post, Fort Benjamin Harrison is now home to an Indiana State Park and a Pete Dye masterpiece. The Fort Golf Course is part of a major redevelopment that occurred following the closing of the military base in 1996. Now, a place that was bustling with soldiers during World War I and World War II instead plays host to hikers, bikers, and golfers. This incredible, 1,700-acre complex is unusually hilly for central Indiana. The Fort offers rolling terrain and breathtaking views that are sure to delight any golfer.
The Fort Golf Course showcases the best of what Indiana golf has to offer. Since opening in 1997, The Fort has been considered one of Indiana’s finest public courses and is ranked annually by national golf publications as a top ten in the state. Pete Dye took this 238-acre natural setting and created an 18-hole championship layout that is both beautiful and challenging. Owned and operated by the State of Indiana, the 7,148-yard, par 72 design features tree-lined fairways, rolling hills, and the Dye trademark undulating greens. With multiple tees ranging from 5,045 to 7,148 yards, golfers of all skill levels will face the challenge they desire. In addition to the outstanding golf course, The Fort offers top quality practice facilities, golf instruction, a fully stocked golf shop, The Garrison Restaurant and on-site lodging.
Just a short 15-minute drive from The Fort Golf Club is the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Take in big-city excitement while staying at top hotel brands. Enjoy a selection of over 200 restaurants and nightlife options, major sporting events, and top attractions.
Within the 1,700 acres of the Historic Fort Harrison State Park lies a lodging option right off the course, Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park Inn. Your stay won’t be over 300 yards from the first tee. You have the option to stay in the main lodge, the Harrison house or an officer’s home, which is a fully furnished 3-bedroom home just 100 yards from the golf course. Beyond the State Park, you're only a short, 15-minutes drive to the heart of downtown Indianapolis and over 7,000 hotel rooms.
The Fort Golf Course is part of Fort Harrison State Park, with miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. A short drive to downtown Indianapolis is everything a sports fan could want. The city is home to the Colts (NFL), Pacers (NBA), Eleven (NASL), and Indians (Triple-A Baseball). All of the teams play downtown, and the walkable stadiums and arenas are surrounded by sports bars and steakhouses. Indy is home to more monuments and memorials than any city outside of Washington, DC, so history buffs have ample sightseeing opportunities. Also, check out White River State Park for multiple attractions including the NCAA Hall of Champions, Indiana State Museum, and Indianapolis Zoo. Walk the scenic Central Canal and enjoy the beauty of downtown Indianapolis.
Pro Tip: Keep the Pete Dye-themed competition going at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The Pete and Alice Dye Golf Experience is an outdoor putting challenge on a course designed to emulate signature holes from their legendary courses.
Indianapolis’ northeast side features a variety of beverage and dining options. Just steps from the course is the Garrison Restaurant at Fort Benjamin Harrison, offering everything from Sunday brunch and daily lunch to a weeknight buffet dinner. Other areas of the former military post have also been converted into local restaurants and breweries, like Triton Brewing, La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, and Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza. Downtown Indianapolis has been called one of “America’s Favorite Food Cities” by Food & Wine. From lavish steakhouses to chic culinary hotspots, exploring the city’s food scene will leave everyone a winner.