The Takeaway: Sagamore stands as one of the most disappointing Jack Nicklaus courses I’ve played. The design is uninspired, the residential setting cliche, and routing forgettable. It’s better than a lot of public courses in Indiana but falls short of expectations for a private course with the Golden Bear’s name on it. Grade C
Designer: Jack Nicklaus in 2003
Phone Number: (317) 776-2000
Course Website: Official Website - Visit The Sagamore Club's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 10900 Golden Bear Way, Noblesville, Indiana 46060
Accolades: Ranked 7th in Indiana on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.
What to Expect: Jack Nicklaus’ design at The Sagamore Club is a bunker laden routing located just north of Indianapolis. The holes travel through a residential development with housing coming into view, and sometimes into play, on most of the holes. A majority of the holes are flat while a few of them have mild elevation changes between the tee and green. Trees rarely are a factor on the mostly open layout while water comes into play a several times including on most of the par threes. Conditioning is good but not outstanding and the finishing holes represent three of the best on the entire property. In the end, the developers of Sagamore seemed more concerned about selling lots and homes then they did creating an amazing golf course. That being said, Nicklaus always does a solid job; however Sagamore will never be mistaken as one of the Golden Bear’s finest efforts.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 18th Hole – 554 Yard Par 5
Best Par 3: 17th Hole – 235 Yards
Best Par 4: 15th Hole – 476 Yards
Best Par 5: 7th Hole – 550 Yards
Birdie Time: 12th Hole – 371 Yard Par 4
Bogey Beware: 3rd Hole – 342 Yard Par 4