CULVER — Mystic Hills Golf Course finds itself in the spotlight as the first stop on the Pete Dye Golf Trail.
The collection of seven unique courses personally selected by famed golf course architect and Indiana resident Dye — who boasts more than 20 courses within the state — officially launched July 28 and represent a varied array of design elements, topography and difficulty.
Mystic Hills is an 18-hole public golf course located in Culver and was completed in June of 1998. Course pro Dave Pugh said he is both honored to have had Mystic Hills selected for the trail and is hopeful its new status will help boost business as well.
“We are extremely honored to have Pete Dye select us as part of the trail,” said Pugh. “He had more than 20 courses to choose from in the state of Indiana, and he chose Mystic Hills as one to represent his trail. We hope to see a large increase in our rounds played so we can continue to maintain the course at the high standards our patrons have become accustomed to. We are excited to welcome many new golfers to our area.”
The trail begins with Mystic and winds through Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in Lafeyette, Plum Creek in Carmel, The Fort and Brickyard Crossing in Indianapolis, The Pete Dye Course at French Lick and finishes at the Maple Creek Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis.
“I am honored the state of Indiana has created this trail, a legacy project showcasing my design portfolio,” said Dye. “The rich soil and rolling topography are two key reasons I have designed and built so many courses within the state.
“This new trail gives both novice and seasoned golfers a chance to play some of my most intriguing courses, including the Brickyard Crossing, with four holes inside the Indianapolis 500 track and French Lick, voted America’s best new course for 2009.”
Stemming from an idea by Governor Mitch Daniels and spearheaded by the Indiana office of Tourism Development and the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, the Pete Dye Golf Trail gives visitors and residents alike a unique opportunity to play legendary golf courses at an affordable price.
“We’re so proud to call Pete and his wife, Alice residents,” said Daniels. “This trail is a treasure that will take visitors on an incredible golf journey throughout the state of Indiana and showcase some of Pete’s most prominent works.”
Those interested can find out more about Mystic Hills online at www.mystichills.com .