I’m not a golf regular by any means, but I have visited quite a few of Hendricks County golf courses. With my son now 12, he has shown some interest in the game and has joined me on a couple of excursions to local courses lately.

I can’t stress enough how relaxing and fun golf can be even for an inexperienced hack like me. It is fun to get away from it all, roam around pristinely kept nature preserves and get some exercise, too.

And I’ve really enjoyed experiencing it with my son.

So, with that as a lead in, here are the courses I’ve played in Hendricks County listed in alphabetical order:

Deer Creek Golf ClubDeer Creek Golf Course

I’ve played mostly event outings at this great course, which I would say is one of my top three courses in Hendricks County. What makes Deer Creek so fun is how well the grounds are kept and how challenging each hole is in its own way.

Favorite Hole: 17 – This Par 4 dogleg right has a variety of ways to approach the green. You can choose to go the traditional route and lay up or get more aggressive and go over the trees and bunkers and aim for the green.

But be careful because so much danger lurks as you approach the green. What makes this hole so beautiful also makes it dangerous as the green is almost completely surrounded by water.

  • Location: Clayton
  • Number of Holes: 18
  • Public
  • Cost: $$$

Prestwick Country ClubPrestwick Golf Club (Photo Courtesy of Prestwick Facebook Page)

Once a private golf club with a rich history hosting major events, Prestwick recently fell on hard times going into receivership and being ordered by the court last year to be managed by Cohoat and O’Neal Golf Management, which owns a few other courses in Hamilton County.

Now open to the public, I hope a revival will soon follow. I’ve played it just a few times during local golf outings, and it has been a while since the last time I played there. But I do remember enjoying this difficult course.

Favorite Hole: 8 – This Par 3 is as challenging as it is gorgeous. I love coming out of the tunnel between 7 and 8 and seeing this 145-yard par 3 with water between the tee box and the green.

  • Location: Avon
  • Number of Holes: 18
  • Currently Public
  • Cost: $$$

Quail Creek Golf Club

This is one of the most recent courses I enjoyed with my son because of a deal they run after 2 p.m. of $20 a golfer with cart that made playing 18 holes much more affordable. This course doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of some of our other courses, but is well-maintained, fun and still challenging.

Favorite Hole: 18 – This hole plays to my strengths off the tee as well as just being a beautiful hole that doglegs left around a fork of White Lick Creek. I’m a lefty and have a natural fade to my swing probably because I’ve never had lessons. That fade plays perfectly on this par 4 hole.

  • Location: Pittsboro
  • Number of Holes: 18
  • Public
  • Cost: $$

Twin Bridges Golf ClubGolfing at Twin Bridges

Here’s another one of my favorite courses that I’ve played many times and recently introduced to my 12-year-old during their Wild Wednesday discount day. Twin Bridges is a true gem of a course in Hendricks County.

The topography varies from hole to hole and throughout the course creating many challenges that are fun to navigate.

Favorite Hole: 16 – I love how the tee box for this Par 4 hole is elevated providing a bird’s eye view of the entire fairway and green. A good straight tee shot is key to taming this one, but watch out for the water on the righthand side as you approach the green.

  • Location: Danville
  • Number of Holes: 18
  • Public
  • Cost: $$$

West Chase Golf ClubWest Chase Golf Club

The final Hendricks County course that I have played can be found in Brownsburg. West Chase plays tough but is so fun to try to master with a lot of link-inspired holes on the front nine and elevation changes and rolling hills on the back nine.

Favorite Hole: 3 – You should have caught on by now that my favorite holes combine something that is pleasing to the eye and fun to play, and this hole definitely checks both boxes. This may just be the hardest of the holes I’ve featured here.

I don’t think I’ve ever placed a ball off the tee into a good spot on this hole because so many dangers lurk including trees on both sides and a well placed pond staring you down. Named “Long” (yes, they name their holes at West Chase) this is a very difficult Par 5.

  • Location: Brownsburg
  • Number of Holes: 18
  • Public
  • Cost: $$$

Others I Have Yet to Play

Pittsboro Golf Course
  • Location: Pittsboro
  • Number of Holes: 9
  • Public
  • Cost: $
Oak Tree Golf Course
  • Location: Plainfield
  • Number of Holes: 18
  • Public
  • Cost: $$