Brickyard Crossing Golf Course

Golf Course Review by: Bill Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Pete Dye in 1993

Cost:  90.00 (includes cart) Click for current rates

Phone Number:  (317) 492-6574

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Brickyard Crossing's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 4400 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222

Photos:  See additional photos of Brickyard Crossing

Accolades:  Ranked 9th in Indiana on Golf Digest's 2013-14 Best in State list.

What to Expect:  Brickyard Crossing is a former member on Golf Digestís Top 100 Public Golf Course list and is the handiwork of Indiana golfing legend Pete Dye. Located at the heart of Indy car racing, Brickyard Crossingís signature feature are the four holes located inside the oval track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Overall the terrain is rather flat other than some artificially created hills that provide some separation between the holes. Water comes into play on half of the holes and numerous bunkers are found throughout the course, including over 20 on the peppered 9th hole. While the holes are solid from start the finish, the four inside the raceway and the four finishing holes are the ones that are most memorable and challenging. Green fees are a bit pricey, but the course is comfortably Indianapolisí best public track.

Signature Hole:  8th - 464 Yard Par 4 - The iconic feature of Brickyard Crossing is playing inside the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and when you come to the 8th hole you will find yourself inside the track and contending with a very challenging hole. Water runs along the entire left side of the hole and a giant hook could see your golf ball bounding down the rack track out of bounds. With water left of the green and two bunkers on the right, length and precision are required to master Brickyard's signature hole.

8th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (464 Yard Par 4)
8th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (464 Yard Par 4)

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 72 7180 74.0 143
Blue 72 6621 72.0 138
White 72 6028 69.3 133
Red (Women) 72 5038 68.8 127


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  4th - 215 Yards - The first par three at Brickyard Crossing is Pete's finest offering. With a green length bunker and water flanked to the left, there is good reason to play safely out to the right side of the green. However, if you hit it too far right you may find one of the two bunkers located on that side of the hole and be faced with a treacherous bunker shot back towards the water. The 4th hole is beautiful and treacherous, a great combination!

4th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (215 Yard Par 3)
4th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (215 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  16th - 465 Yards - The final stretch of holes features a water hazard to contend with the whole way home. On the lengthy 16th hole the water comes into play up the left side. The hole turns slightly left the entire way, so bailing out to the right will make the approach shot longer into the green. This element of risk/reward (challenging the trouble reducing the length of the approach) is the most common among architects.

16th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (465 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (465 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  15th - 551 Yards - On the 15th hole, the water hazard starts on the right side of the fairway and crosses the hole midway through before finishing on the left side of the hole. This offers a different strategy off the tee then the following hole but requires similar caution on the approach.

15th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (551 Yard Par 5)
15th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (551 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  14th - 311 Yard Par 4 - This short par four is the transition leading to the final stretch of holes that all run the same direction back towards the clubhouse. Reachable with a big drive, Pete of course will require you to navigate some deep bunkers in order to find the putting surface. There is room to miss right, but to the left is a thick grouping off trees that stand as a buffer from the property surrounding the course. Whether you layup or go for the green, this is a great chance to go under par.

14th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (311 Yard Par 4)
14th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (311 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  18th - 491 Yard Par 4 - This hole is flat out long! At nearly 500 yards and only two shots to reach the hole in regulation, Mr. Dye was clearly thinking about the tour pros when he designed this stout finisher. Water comes into play right of the green and some small hills are placed on the left to help work the ball back towards the putting surface for the cautious player. No doubt about it, bogey will be much more frequent than par here.

18th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (491 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Brickyard Crossing (491 Yard Par 4)

Final Cut:  Brickyard Crossing is the one public course in Indianapolis you should play above any other. From the quality of the design to the novelty of playing inside the racetrack, Brickyard offers a memorable round you are sure to tell your friends about. Don't underestimate the fun factor of going inside the raceway; I'm not a racing fan and I was in awe of the grandeur and history of the whole setup. While it may be a bit costly for some, you'll want to make the effort to play this well conditioned course.   Grade B-

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