Lt. Governor visits Mystic Hills to promote statewide Dye Trail

CULVER – Lt. Governor Becky Skillman visited Mystic Hills Golf Course in Culver Tuesday to encourage Hoosiers to play some of Indiana’s beautiful golf courses this year, as well as to promote the Pete Dye Trail, a group of courses designed by Lake Maxinkuckee resident and internationally acclaimed golf course designer Pete Dye.

Indiana boasts more courses than anywhere else in the world designed by Dye, considered by many as the father of modern golf course architecture.

“With some of the best courses in the country located here in Indiana, this spring break is a perfect time to take advantage of what’s in your own backyard,” said Skillman, overseer of the state’s tourism office.

The Lt. Governor flew to Mystic Hills -- the northernmost course on the Dye Trail -- by helicopter, and there met with staff as well as owner Vicki Pugh, Bruce Rearick, Plymouth-based director of the Pete Dye Golf Trail statewide, and director of Marshall County tourism Mike Woolfigton.

Skillman said she's on a "92-county tour" of Indiana and gets to Marshall County about once per year. The golf industry, she noted, contributes $1.7 billion to Indiana’s economy. Golf experts reported that due to the mild winter, some courses didn’t close in Indiana. Many were also able to open early this season due to the warmer temperatures.

Pugh reported Mystic Hills' status as part of the seven-course Trail, which formally opened this season, has already brought a group from Michigan. Her son, PGA professional Dave Pugh, facilitated and installed the new lettering designating Mystic Hills' status, at the entrance to the course clubhouse, she said.

Before her departure from Mystic Hills, Skillman was also greeted by avid Culver golfer Larry Bess, who gifted her with a bag of his coveted home-made cookies for the flight to her next stop that day.

See all the courses on the trail at www.petedyegolftrail.com; for a complete list of golf courses in Indiana by region, visit www.VisitIndianaGolf.com.