Travel south to experience the historic grandeur of the French Lick Resort. This luxury resort, which dates back to the early 1800s, recently underwent a $500 million restoration and expansion that is sure to dazzle. For golfers, French Lick offers a premium course designed by the game’s foremost architect.
The Pete Dye Course Golf Course at French Lick was named 2009’s Best New Course in America by Golf Digest. Originally conceived as a sketch by Pete Dye on a napkin at a nearby restaurant, this hilltop course (it’s built on the highest point in Indiana) offers 40-mile panoramic views of the breathtaking Hoosier National Forest. While the course stretches to over 8,100 yards from the tips, it features five sets of tees – beginning at 5,100 feet – making it playable by golfers of every skill level.
While in French Lick, stay at one of two amazing resort properties, West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Springs Hotel. West Baden Springs’ domed lobby was once known as the eighth wonder of the world and French Lick Springs is best known for the “miracle waters” of its nearby sulfur springs. With an on-site casino, spas, entertainment, and dining, French Lick Resort is an indulgent stop along your trail experience.
The French Lick/West Baden area offers the whole spectrum of lodging options for visitors. Of course, there are the two grand hotels at the historic French Lick Springs Resort. But you might also like being in the midst of nature in a cabin or cottage. There’s also nothing like relaxing in the cozy comfort of a bed and breakfast, with options right in town or out in the country. You also have a number of options for traditional hotels and motels, including one with an indoor water park.
French Lick has a little something for everyone to enjoy, even for the non-golfers in the group. You can taste wines and spirits at the award-winning French Lick Winery or browse local shops and galleries. Take in the beautiful sights of the Hoosier National Forest when you ride the French Lick Scenic Railway. For the more hands-on people in your group, you can fly through the trees at French Lick Zip Lines or give an elephant a bath at the nearby Wilstem Ranch.
It’s all things Larry Bird at 33 Brick Street, where you’ll see memorabilia from every phase of his illustrious career: Springs Valley High School, Indiana State University, Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers. Continue the sports theme at Legendz Sports Bar & Grill, where you can catch family-friendly entertainment and dine on wings. Satisfy your sweet tooth or get your caffeine boost at French Licks, serving gourmet ice cream and locally roasted coffee drinks. This is just a sampling of the delicious dining available in French Lick, from casual to upscale.