Location: Jasper, Ind.
Architect: Tim Liddy
Tee — Yardage | Rating / Slope:
Black — 6,859 | 73.5 / 143
Gold — 6,429 | 71.5 / 138
Silver — 5,762 | 68.8 / 129
Green — 4,911 | 69.1 / 129
Saturday morning green fee: $$ [$50-$99]
Caddie service: No
Walker friendly: No
Starter: This is an extension of the French Lick Resort, which is located 20 miles away. Sultan’s Run is owned by Jasper resident Steve Braun, whose brother Mike was elected to a U.S. Senate seat in November. French Lick, which has hosted the Senior LPGA Championship the last two years, has three courses — the Pete Dye Course, the Donald Ross Course and Valley Links, a nine-hole course designed as a tribute to old-time architect Tom Bendelow — on its property and Sultan’s Run is another option.
Play because ... : Sultan’s Run, designated as affiliated with French Lick Resort, provides a fun layout for players looking for another place to play in the area. Also, Jasper is a bigger community with more dining and retail options than French Lick. The resort's Pete Dye Course and Donald Ross Course are among the very best in Indiana. Sultan’s Run is more on the sporty side.
Takeaway: Alvin C. Ruxer, who donated the land for the course, was into show horses and one of his best was named Supreme Sultan. The golf course derived its name from the horse and each of the holes is named after one of Ruxer’s horses. Head professional Jeff Howerton has been on the job for seven seasons during which the course hosted the 2016 Indiana Senior Open and qualifiers for a Web.com Tour event at nearby Victoria National. The Indiana Golf Course of the Year in 2015, Sultan’s Run is a worthy, more economical partner course for the French Lick layouts.
RATINGS [1 to 10 scale, 10 being the highest]
Food | Beverage: 8.0
Pro shop: 8.0
Pace of play: 8.5
Best par 3: No. 12 [209 | 191 | 145 | 128 yards]
A nice-looking short hole, there’s water behind the green that features a fountain.
Best par 4: No. 9 [412 | 393 | 280 | 271 yards]
A very picturesque hole, though the green cannot be seen from the tee on this dogleg left that also features a big ravine.
Best par 5: No. 13 [574 | 538 | 481 | 407 yards]
Located near the entry to the course, both the tee and green are elevated on this hole.
Rater: Len Ziehm