Rated 5 out of 5 by Iamdiesel18 One of the best/toughest courses in Indiana
I did my homework before playing here and knew that it was consistently rated as one of the best college golf courses in the country as well as one of the toughest golf courses in Indiana. After playing a round of golf here, I would agree with both of those assessments.
This is a Pete Dye designed course. It is the first Dye course that I have played so I can't compare it to his others. What I will say is that it is not your typical flat Indiana golf course. Dye did an excellent job of making you forget you are in Indiana. There are numerous elevation changes whether it is with an elevated tee box or a shot into an elevated green. The course is designed around a celery bog so water comes into play often, especially on the back 9.
The course has 5 different sets of tees each of which has recommendations for the player based upon their handicap. I played the tees appropriate for me and it led to a much more enjoyable round. This is not a course for beginners. It is a course for shot shapers/makers. Inaccurate tee shots will lead to trouble in numerous waste bunkers, long rough in undulating terrain, long fescue in areas, and lost balls in the water. I enjoyed the ability to be creative with angles on tee shots and shaping shots into the greens.
While the course is difficult, it is not impossible to score here (but then again, I didn't play from the tips). Even on a windy day, the par 5's were reachable in two shots. There are also several risk/reward par 4's that are almost drivable depending on the wind.
For it being October, the course was in excellent condition. I could tell that the course had a lot of rounds played on it over the spring and summer in that the greens were pretty marked up from ball marks. That being said, they still rolled very true and very fast. It was nice not having to worry so much about the speed, and just worry about your line. The fairways were in great shape and the rough was punishing. I don't think I found a single spot of hard pan all day.
The employees I dealt with were very helpful and accommodating, offering tips to us since it was the first time anyone in my group had played there. The pace of play was great. For a Saturday afternoon round, we never had to wait even with letting a single and a two-some play through.
When I finished my round, I went back into the clubhouse to compliment the workers on the course. They informed me that the second course at the complex was being redone by Pete Dye and should be ready to play in 2016. They advised they would be having an "all day" rate where you can play both courses for a discounted rate. I will certainly be making the drive down from Chicago (maybe multiple times) to take advantage of that offer.
When just looking at the rates, $80 a piece for a weekend round with a cart may seem steep but I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for. I thoroughly enjoyed my round a Kampen and would have no problem paying that same amount for another round here. If you want to challenge yourself and play one of the best courses in Indiana (that I've seen so far), take the time to make the trip to West Lafayette and play here.
November 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by boileralum97 Excellent golf experience
First time playing Kampen. Considered the hardest course in this area for good reason. Had no expectations of shooting a low score, but enjoyed the outing anyway. Very well kept course. Staff very friendly.
August 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by skhvlhgmailcom Challenging but fair
This is a very well maintained course with many different types of challenges. Large undulating greens, numerous bunkers, odd angles & water hazards on several holes make you think about your shots much more than many courses. Multiple tees allow you to choose a yardage you're comfortable with. I would recommend that anyone who has an opportunity to play this course do so.
September 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by golfbuddy70 enjoyed the play at Kampen
the course is very challenging even from the gold tee as I did---
September 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by u000007821848 Fun course! We played tips and down.
It was a lot of fun. There was a junior tourney in front of us and the course showed some wear from it. It also pored the night before. I'm not sure how they usually map the pins but it seemed like we had pretty easy placements. With gamier pins and a few days of rest for the course, I'm sure its a whole different beast. Even how it was the day we played its deffinetly in the top 5 indiana courses. The views and general layout were more than we could have imagined for a celery bog in Indiana. Jk Pete did an amazing job with the design. I can't wait to play it again.
September 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 Top quality golf course
They set the bar pretty high when comparing to other courses. Very busy day but never had to wait or be pushed. Big greens but very difficult. If you can stay out of the heather, you will have more fun.
July 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by dshot22 Must be Played for Indiana Golf
This course is a masterpiece of golf architecture created by Pete Dye. There is nothing that I did not like about this course. The fairways were perfect and roll like waves. The greens were flawless, undulated in all directions, and were extremely fast. The waste bunkers were to be avoided and the bunkers by the greens could be troublesome if not avoided. Every hole layout was extremely well thought out and worked beautifully with the surrounding area. If you have not played this one and get the opportunity I can not recommend it enough. The value I got for this course with the deal found on GolfNow hot deal was an absolute steal for a course of this caliber.
July 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by u000004131703 one of Pete Dyes's masterpieces
great condition, and variety of holes. greens are tricky until you play it a few times..couple of blind tee shots.
July 5, 2013