Prairie View is Robert Trent Jones, Jr.’s first Indiana designed golf course and its opening in 1997 raised the bar for all that would follow. A magnet for golfers from the major metropolitan areas of Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Columbus, Louisville and Ft. Wayne and other cities, Prairie View Golf Club is recognized as one of the finest!
Laid out in the bed of the White River, Prairie View faithfully represents central Indiana’s topography. The prairie-like front nine is open to the best of Mother Nature, while the back nine works its way through stately oaks, tall sycamores, as well as beech and cottonwood trees. Long fescue and other native grasses frame the layout. The rough is Kentucky blue, while fairways, greens, and tees are surfaced in bent grass.
Prairie View is the dream of developer Jim Ackerman and son-in-law Brian Nicholoff. Its dream is in its’ perpetuity. The land is long-term leased from Conner Prairie, a historic re-enactment village directly across the river from the course. Housing will never intrude on the environmentally-protected land or obstruct the view. There was a great deal of engineering (and permitting) necessary to bring Prairie View, laid out over former soybean and corn fields, to fruition. The White River is prone to floods, so 50 and 100 year old water levels had to be taken into account. A major levee holds back the water, but players never know unless they’re told. Jones used the wide levee as the foundation for all or part of six holes.
More than any other quality, it is Jones’s genius that he can move a substantial amount of dirt (over 500,000 cubic yards at Prairie View’s) and leave the impression that the contours have been there for hundreds of years. Dirt artists can occasionally go overboard on the sizzle and wind up with something you can’t wait to put in your rear view mirror. Not so at Prairie View. The facility’s strong suit is its’ variety: Give anybody two a side if they can find a single clone hole on the course.
Generous landing areas welcome tee shots, but a fairway wood is often a good choice because the layout encourages location over length. Prairie View is an approach shot golf course with a number of ingenious pin positions on every green dictating the route of play. Some 90 sand bunkers dot the course, defining landing areas and hiding pins. And while the site is bounded on three sides by the river, water comes into play only on four holes. At a bit over seven thousand yards from the back tees (par 72) the course and slope ratings play at 74.5 and 138, respectively. Four tees strategically located on each hole allow the golfer a variety of options and playability.
Cohoat and O’Neal Management Corp. know full well the golf course is a gem, but also realize how important it is to provide the customer with a tremendous experience. Thus began the slogan…”experience the difference”. Your experience begins from the moment you drop your bag off, right through the 19th hole. Our staff will ensure you receive world class service and an experience you will never forget.
Every feature of the elegant 15,000-square foot clubhouse, designed to reflect the 1830’s style of Conner Prairie, whispers “class,” from the sturdy oak lockers to the high ceilings of Big Lug on The Prairie.
Under the guidance of our Director of Grounds, Randy Adcock and Cohoat and O’Neal Management Corp, course conditioning at Prairie View is always immaculate. Even when the course had been open less than six months, it was deemed suitable as a U.S. Open qualifying site. Prairie View has hosted the 2001 Indiana State Amateur, the 2008 & 2018 Indiana State Open, Indiana State Amateur in 2012, the Mid-American Conference Championship and Indiana PGA Professionals Championship in 2014, and we will be the host site of the Indiana PGA Professionals Championship in August of 2019. Prairie View is also the host site for the IHSAA Boys and Girls State Championship since 2015, and our partnership with the IHSAA will continue through 2024.
Prairie View Golf Club Founder: Jim Ackerman, Brian Nicholoff and family. We thank them for their passion and love of the game!