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Purgatory Golf Club: A Top 50 Course for Women

Purgatory Golf Club, Noblesville, Indiana

Purgatory Golf Club, Noblesville, Indiana.

By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
On behalf of Purgatory Golf Club

Purgatory Golf Club, 12160 East 216th Street in Noblesville, Indiana, was recently named #33 on the list of 2013 Top 50 Golf Courses for Women, published by Golf Digest, up one spot from last year. Purgatory has been recognized on this annual list every year since 2003. It also was named a Top Course for Women from 2003 to 2008 by Golf for Women Magazine.

When Ron Kern designed Purgatory, he and owners Tenna and Mike Merchent put as much thought into its forward tees as the back in order to accommodate women of all handicaps and ability levels. As a result, Purgatory is the only course in Indiana to offer tees with smart playing angles ranging from 4,500 to 7,700 yards.

Because of its woman-centric design, Purgatory has attracted regional tournaments including the 20th annual Indiana PGA Women’s Open in June 2013. In addition, it is the home course for the Lapel High School women’s golf team. Purgatory also offers a special $25 Ladies Night Out each month that includes a nine-hole scramble, free lessons, special Pro Shop discounts and complementary food and cart rental.

“It was important to create a golf experience that was memorable for both women and men,” said Tenna Merchent, who played a significant role in the course design. “This is a great women’s course, designed with a women’s touch on everything from sand-based tee boxes and convenient restrooms located on the course.”

The three restrooms, located no more than four holes apart, include hand soap, towels and mirrors, details Merchent says many courses overlook. The Clubhouse also carries a wide range of women’s apparel, gear and gifts in the Pro Shop, and offers lighter and healthier menu options in the Confessional Bar & Lounge.

About Purgatory Golf Club

Golf Digest was the first to describe Purgatory Golf Club, located on 220 acres of rolling farm land outside of Noblesville, Ind., as “more heaven than hell.” The 18-hole course boasts six sets of tees, and provides a challenging golf experience for golfers of all experience levels, from the shortest set of tees (4,562 yards) to the longest (7,754 feet).  It also is one of the prettiest links style course in the country, with 170 limestone-filled bunkers and 45 acres of fescue surrounding immaculate fairways and a variety of water elements.

An e-book, “More Heaven than Hell, by co-owner and photographer Tenna Merchent, is available for download using iBook 3.0.  The beautiful book includes hole-by-hole descriptions and lush photos that provide a breath-taking look at what TravelGolf.com calls “a superb golfing experience.”   For more information, visit purgatorygolf.com, or call 317-776-4653.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Gracie Communications. Photo provided by Gracie Communications and used with written permission. May not be copied or republished without written permission of the copyright owners.

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