Sultan’s Run in Jasper, Indiana

Golfers at Sultan's Run

The Travelling Golfer and three friends ventured into Jasper, Indiana to try and tame Sultan’s Run golf course.

We played it from the tips, as we always do everywhere we go and in the end, we felt like ol’ Sultan himself had run over us, around us and thru us !

The photo you see above includes my friends Kevin Cawthorne, Todd Hart and Shane Bosemer.

The course was in pretty good shape, as it usually is and the greens rolled as well as I could hope for, because I putted as well as I can putt.

Sultan’s Run has long been a favorite of mine and we used to travel the short 1 1/2 hours from Louisville several times a year. Of late, after it’s purchase by a new ownership group, the rates seemed a bit high to me, so we dropped it from our rotation. $53 may be inexpensive in many parts of the world, but in our area, that’s over-priced, especially since I can get to the Kentucky State Park golf courses, several of which are better and play for 20% less.

The courses website has this to say about the course’s history:

“It was only a few years ago that this lush land was home to Supreme Sultan, a horse of history and literally a legend in his own time. It was over these hills and valleys of picturesque beauty that Supreme Sultan sired a record number of World Champion American Saddlebred horses. No place on earth can lay claim to this record.

Now, this same ground recalls the heritage of Supreme Sultan just as an engraved stone marks each unique and challenging tee box, memorializing the name of one of these World Champions. From its very beginning, this land was destined for greatness, but few would have predicted the creation of a world class golf course that would entice champions of the links.

Sultan’s Run embarked on an extensive remodeling project in 1996, taking the golf course to the pinnacle of public golf. Designer Tim Liddy, a disciple of world renowned architect Pete Dye, took what God had laid out and what the course already offered, and enhanced it. All 18 holes have been beautified in some shape or form from entirely new bunkering and reconstructed greens, to complete rework of several holes. The end result is that Sultan’s Run has become a world class golf facility that golfers will talk about long after their round is done.”

If your within 2 hours or so of Sultan’s Run, it’s very much worth the trip. You won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking to stay overnight and play a couple of rounds, stay downtown at the Hampton Inn and eat at the Schnitzelbank restaurant. You’ll thank me later.

18th Green at Sultan's Run in Jasper, Indiana

The most famous hole at Sultan’s Run is, of course, the 18th, which starts with a drive over a gorge and ends with a waterfall behind the green.

The water is very, very cold. I know, since I always put my head under the falling water to instantly cool me off. And I do mean instantly.

All in all, it’s a helluva golf course and you’ll enjoy yourself. Send me an email if you’re going and I’ll join you over there !

2 comments… add one
  • Wow, looks like a really nice course!
    I will have to try it out some day.

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