A major appeal to The Fort for people visiting central Indiana is the on-site lodging that is less than 100 yards from the first tee. At the golf course, the grand ball room fits 300-350 people, a daily buffet lunch is offered and pair that with two small conference rooms and The Fort ranks among the top public courses in amenities around Indianapolis.
One thing I noticed about playing The Fort, was how good of shape the course was in despite having heavy cart traffic due to hills. Obviously the views on the course speak for itself, but I was impressed with the care of the some of the outer areas along the golf course.
The fescue grass does a nice job of not allowing holes to bump right into each other and at the same time it's far enough off the fairway to only gobble your ball up after a significantly errant shot.
The variety in teeing grounds allows for all types of golfers to enjoy The Fort and challenge themselves from whatever yardage they feel fits their games. This is one of the main reasons why The Fort is in the process of inquiring about trying to host an LPGA event in the coming years.
"The LPGA is very interested in the area and they are very interested in the golf course," Director of Golf John Swan said. "The big deal is looking to secure some sponsorships. It is in the early stages but we are very serious about it and it's something that the LPGA is doing as well."
All in all, The Fort is well worth the $49 twilight weekend rate with some spectacular views, a variety of length on all pars and one of the most thrilling finishes that will keep you focused for the entire 18. The Fort is also available as a part of a Hamilton County Stay & Play golf package.
Favorite Par 3: Hole 5 is a medium sized par three by today's standards, stretching to 170 yards from the back set of tees. What the hole might lack in length it makes up for in the view with a downhill tee shot over a deep valley and bunkers awaiting the players.
Favorite Par 4: Hole 4 is the signature hole at The Fort and the third par four of the day comes after two shorter ones to begin the day. The demanding, long par four doesn't play as long as the 438-yard number on the scorecard but the drive lands in a blind, downhill area that generally slopes to the left.
Favorite Par 5: The back nine begins with some significant elevation changes and No. 11 provides one of the most scenic views on the course. The tee shot at No. 11 overlooks the tops of the trees with bunkers down the right side. A blind layup shot awaits the players before the green opens up with a nice run-up area.