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Aug 28, 2012 by Hamilton County Tourism
The 2012 BMW Golf Championship is at Crooked Stick, September 3-9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. Golf fans will have exciting moments watching the likes of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy. But wait, there's more than golf to keep you busy! When you're off the links, try one of Hamilton County's unique, locally-owned restaurants or take in a little entertainment during your stay.
Here are a few of our recommendations of "must-do" activities while you're in town:
• Don't let the pros have all the fun. Take in 18 holes on your own at one of our premier Indiana golf courses.
• Try a Breaded Tenderloin. Indiana is famous for the beloved traditional tenderloin sandwich, and you can find 18 restaurants who serve the crunchy, hometown favorite on our Tenderloin Trail. One of the stops on the trail is the Nickel Plate Bar and Grill in Fishers. Their sandwich was one of the Super46 Sandwiches of Super Bowl 46!
• Bite into a Really BIG Burger! Stop in Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream in Carmel to see if you can handle the Big Ugly. Man v. Food took on the Big Ugly, and if you completely devour this behemoth one-pound burger, you'll get your picture on the wall. Warning: completing a Big Ugly you may cause extreme drowsiness!
• Grab a Brew - or two. Barley Island Brewing Company in Noblesville features handcrafted beers like the Blind Tiger Pale Ale and the Bum Rush. If wine is more your style, try Shiraz Wine Experience and Art Café or Chateau Thomas Winery.
• Stroll through the Carmel Art and Design District to discover a host of unique eateries, including Woody's Library Restaurant, DeTour An American Grill and Mudbugs Cajun Café. On Saturday, September 8, 5 to 10 p.m., enjoy live entertainment and explore 11 different art galleries during the monthly gallery walk.
• Enjoy a musical performance at the Center for the Performing Arts. Scheduled shows include Sheryl Crow (Sept. 6) and LeAnn Rimes (Sept. 9) at the Palladium and A Chorus Line (Sept. 7 to 22) at the Tarkington theater.
Click here for a complete guide of things to do and places to eat in our 8 Great Towns and a list of places with special offers for BMW ticket holders.
Win 2 Free Tickets to the BMW Championship!
Crooked Stick will be booked by our favorite golf superstars, so we wanted to know what other courses you would suggest for golf lovers. If you've played a course in Hamilton County, tell us one of your other favorite golf courses. If you haven't visited Hamilton County before, check out this list of courses, and tell us which course you would love to play. Comment on this post with your answer by Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m., and you could win two tickets for the final day of play and 2 BMW hats! The contest is now closed.
Congratulations to our winner Rich Waite! Here's what he had to say about his favorite Hamilton County golf courses:
"So many good ones! Based on price, Brookshire is a great deal! Wood Wind
is also fun. Step it up a notch, and Prairie View is a challenge.
Many would say the most challenging is Purgatory. Pick your budget,
then you can decide where is the best place to play.
As far as the best "19th Hole" goes, really anywhere I can enjoy a cold beverage with my golfing buddies after the round!!"
Sep 04, 2012 by: Ebony B
I would love to play at Prairie View course as it is beautiful, and seems reasonably priced for area golf courses.
Sep 01, 2012 by: David
Aug 31, 2012 by: Craig Spencer
PRairie view is a great course
Aug 31, 2012 by: Amy Klodzen
River Glen and Stony Creek are great courses!
Aug 31, 2012 by: Scott Doll
I would love to play Prairie View. Looks so beautiful.
Aug 31, 2012 by: Jamie Smith
Love to play at Prairie View Golf Club
Aug 31, 2012 by: Luke Huther
Wood Wind Golf Course!
Aug 31, 2012 by: Lona Prchal
HI! Welcome everyone to Hamilton County!! We are truly
blessed to live in such a wonderful community.
Hopefully you are more than welcomed everywhere you visit
this upcoming week/weekend.
My husband and i have golfed several courses in Hamilton
County. I would say Bear Slide is a favorite. My parents
live right off of the course, so they buy us gift
certificates for Christmas to play.
My husband is already attending the BMW Championship with
3 of hs friends, but he would LOVE the opportunity to
see/possibly meet his idol (and Leftie like himself), Phil.
It would make my day if i was able to 'win' that for him.
Aug 31, 2012 by: Beth Brown
Plum Creek but have yet to play Purgatory!
Aug 31, 2012 by: John R Schetzsle
If you like a challenge then Purgatory is the course for you. I've played there several times and the challenge of the course keeps bringing me back. Beautifully laid out holes Some blind shots that tests your faith in your swing. The t-boxes for women are moved for enough ahead that its perfectly set up for women to play. I recommend this course to anyone visiting Hamilton County.
Aug 30, 2012 by: Paul Jersild
Would like to play any course, Plum Creek, Winding Ridge, Purgatory.
Aug 30, 2012 by: Luke
Trying to win tickets. Ummm yay?
Aug 30, 2012 by: Katie McGee
Love playing Woodwind golf course. Lots of open fairways and the coupon card they offer is a great deal!
Aug 30, 2012 by: Beth C.
I do not play, but my Dad is an avid golfer. He usually plays at Forest Park. I would love to win these tickets for him! Thanks for the chance.
Aug 30, 2012 by: Jennifer Beth
As a woman golfer, I love to play new courses. I have played a number of Hamilton County courses. I would love to play Purgatory or Bear Slide sometime! I would also love to win tickets to the tourney. My hubby is volunteering and carrying a score card next weekend there and so it would be fun to go out and see him 'working'.
Aug 30, 2012 by: Jerry Uribe
love to play Bear Slide.
Aug 30, 2012 by: Nanette
Ironwood gets my vote.
Aug 30, 2012 by: Gary Hartel
I like Stony Creek in Noblesville.I would als recommend
a visit to The Brockway Pub in Carmel for a pint and some
fish and chips.
Aug 30, 2012 by: wade yensel
Bear Slide is a great course, but prarie view is my favorite. Bridgewater club is a tough course as well, having played the local us open qualifier there a few years ago.
Aug 29, 2012 by: Missy Hippensteel
Thanks for giveaway, would love to see the final round play. Hoping to be the lucky winner. :-)
Aug 29, 2012 by: Shelly Uribe
Ironwood is pretty. I don't play golf but my husband would really like to go to the tournament.
Aug 28, 2012 by: John R Schetzsle
My college group use to come to Bear Slide for our annual outing until they moved it back North closer to Manchester University. Bear Slide is a wonderful, yet challenging, course that any golfer would love to tackle!
Aug 28, 2012 by: Aaron Uribe
Ironwood is my favorite. I would love to play Plum Creek and Prairie View, but Purgatory is the most intriguing.
Thanks for the opportunity.
Aug 28, 2012 by: Paul K
The Bridgewater Club is really nice, although it is private. I'll echo the sentiments about Plum Creek...for a public course pick.
Aug 28, 2012 by: Diane Jacobs
I'm partial to River Glen Country Club!
Aug 28, 2012 by: John Schetzsle
This is such a wonderful site as is Hamilton County. I enjoy playing golf while
my wife enjoys shopping. What better place to do it in.
Aug 28, 2012 by: Eric Bell
When I moved to Hamilton County (Carmel, IN specifically) about a year ago now, it wasn't even my first week at my new job that I got to attend a work-related golf outing at Plum Creek Golf Course in Carmel. Amazing and beautiful course with very friendly staff. Definitely my recommendation, at least for the Carmel area of Hamilton County.
Thanks for the BMW Championship opportunity!
Aug 28, 2012 by: Amanda Knowles
Thanks for the giveaway! I'm crossing my fingers and toes.
Plum Creek is my pick.
Aug 28, 2012 by: Chris Theisen
My favorite public course in Hamilton County is Purgatory but hard to beat Fox Prairie for the money. My favorite Hamilton Country private course is Harbour Trees, such great condition.
Aug 28, 2012 by: Rich Waite
So many good ones! Based on price, Brookshire is a great deal! Wood Wind is also fun. Step it up a notch, and Prairie View is a challenge. Many would say the most challenging is Purgatory. Pick your budget, then you can decide where is the best place to play.
As far as the best "19th Hole" goes, really anywhere I can enjoy a cold beverage with my golfing buddies after the round!!
Aug 28, 2012 by: Lynn Noe
So many great golf courses in Hamilton County. Faves
include Plum Creek and Pebblebrook.
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