Just five miles from the heart of downtown Indianapolis sits a hidden gem that should be added the Golf Course Bucket List of any traveling golfer. The Brickyard Crossing is a beautifully maintained course set against an incredible backdrop—the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the Indianapolis 500.
With 14 holes positioned around the world-famous racetrack and 4 holes within the track itself, this public golf course presents a truly unique golf experience. And if the setting alone wasn’t enough to pique your interest, The Brickyard Crossing features a design from renowned course architect Pete Dye.
Tipping out at 7,180 yards, the gold tees boast an impressive a slope rating of 149—setting up a tie with Crooked Stick as the most difficult course in central Indiana. However, The Brickyard Crossing provides five sets of tees, presenting golfers of all skill levels with the option to either challenge their abilities from the back tees or “tee it forward” for a more leisurely experience.
Located conveniently close to a metropolitan city, The Brickyard Crossing attracts a large number of corporate travelers, international tourists, and (of course) racing fans. The Brickyard’s PGA Director of Golf, Jeffrey C. Williams, estimates that over 60% of play comes from visitors.
To meet the needs of guests from all over the world, they are set up with one of the most robust rental club programs available. So if you happen to be in the area, don’t worry about checking in clubs at the airport—The Brickyard is fully stocked with complete bags of TaylorMade golf equipment for you and your entire group.
As a proud partner with TaylorMade, the golf shop features 44 sets of rental clubs. Within these sets, golfers can choose between a bag of M2 metalwoods and M2 irons or M1 metalwoods with PSi irons and EF Wedges for lower handicapped golfers. The Brickyard also has variations of stiff and regular flex shafts as well as left-handed and ladies sets.
“We are in the 5th year of our rental program with TaylorMade. We began with the RBZ, then RBZ Stage 2, then JetSpeed & SLDR, and now with the big boys—M1 & M2 metalwoods with M2 irons & PSi irons available. The feedback has always been good, but this year has been extra special—reviews from our renters have been off the charts.”
— Jeffrey C. Williams, PGA Director of Golf
With an incredible range of premier rental options available, The Brickyard sets up as an ideal place for large groups and corporate outings. In addition to experiencing the latest TaylorMade clubs, the $70 rental fare includes two sleeves of Brickyard-logoed golf balls to get you through the round. The golf shop itself is also fully stocked with Brickyard golf shirts, hats, ball marks, and more, so every visitor can leave with a keepsake from their experience.
However, one thing you will not find in the golf shop are Pro V1 golf balls. The Brickyard has not carried any Titleist golf balls since 2009. Instead, they keep their golf ball section dedicated to other Tour-caliber balls, including TaylorMade’s Tour Preferred golf balls. And according to Jeffrey C. Williams, feedback on the TaylorMade balls has been nothing short of incredible.
“We would not continue promoting TaylorMade balls if they didn’t perform for our customers. The response from golfers has been amazing and has been a testament to the performance TaylorMade provides,” said Williams.
Once you get yourself set up with a rental set, it’s time to step up to the first tee. Right off the bat, you’ll know you’re in for a treat. The fairways are lush, the greens are pure, the bunkers are filled with rich white sand, and the Pete Dye design effectively uses the landscape’s natural contours to encourage creative shotmaking.
As you play the first few holes, the racetrack looms closer and closer into view. Once you putt out on #6, it’s time to get ready to take out your camera… you’re about to play INSIDE the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
After driving under a bridge that gets you inside the track, you’ll take a short drive along an access road to the 7th tee box. At 181 yards from the back tees, this par 3 shouldn’t play too difficult, assuming you can put on a good swing under the pressure of clicking cameras (the 7th tee offers perhaps the most scenic view within the speedway).
Holes 8 through 10, each provide additional stunning views from inside the racetrack, so savor the moment while it lasts. But like the first 6 holes, the remaining exterior holes do not disappoint. However, be sure to keep your focus down the stretch as a treacherous river winds its way through many of the final holes—a hazard that can prove difficult to avoid.
After your round, racing fans should also take advantage of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum (just steps away from the golf course). The museum attracts over 250,000 annual visitors and offers the chance to take a bus tour and drive along the racetrack to experience its full scale. For a slightly higher price, you can even exit the bus to kiss the famous “brick yard” at the finish line.
If you have more time during your stay in Indianapolis, The Brickyard is fortunate to have John Dal Corobbo—whose accomplishments include the Indiana section PGA Player of the Year & Teacher of the Year, the 2015 Senior Club Pro Championship, and T7 in the Senior PGA Championship—on staff as the assistant club pro and instructor. So if you need a swing fix, John is there to help!
When it’s all said and done, whether you’re playing lights-out or struggling to score, your round at The Brickyard will be one to remember. It doesn’t get much better than unforgettable golf in an unforgettable setting, so if you’re ever in the area, don’t miss out on your chance to experience The Brickyard Crossing.
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