French Lick to host U.S. Hickory Open

Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort

Bust out the plus-fours, tam-o’-shanters and Calamity Jane knockoffs. The fourth annual U.S. Hickory Open championship is approaching.

French Lick (Ind.) Resort will host the national championship of the persimmon-and-featherie crowd July 11-13 on its Donald Ross Course. The course, which opened in 1917 and hosted the 1924 PGA Championship won by Walter Hagen, has the sort of history that is well suited for hickory players’ biggest tournament. The layout is just a few years removed from a $4.6 million renovation, part of a $500 million renovation of the 3,000-acre resort.

The U.S. Hickory Open will consist of a practice round July 11, followed by a 36-hole tournament over the next two days. There will be three divisions for competitors: Championship, which will be played from the 6,274-yard white tees; Senior (60-plus), which will be played from the 5,810-yard gold tees; and Ladies, who will play from the 5,008-yard red tees. The overall champion must play from the white tees.

French Lick Resort, located about 100 miles south of Indianapolis, completed a $500 million renovation in 2009. It has 689 rooms in its two hotels – the French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel – 45 holes of golf and a casino. The resort’s Pete Dye Course hosted the 2010 PGA Professional National Championship.

Visit www.frenchlick.com or www.ushickoryopen.com.

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