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BY: RORY SPEARS, EDITOR & SR. WRITER

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It’s not far from the famed French Lick Resort, in fact just over 30 minutes away. While the management agreement between the two properties might be expiring, it’s still great golf all in the same area of Southern Indiana.

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Welcome to Sultans Run Golf Course.

Jasper Indiana is not a far drive from French Lick Indiana. Jasper might not be home to a famous basketball legend like French Lick is, but both town have one thing in common and that’s great golf.

Jasper might only have one golf course, but that’s okay because it’s a pretty good one and golfers who have been there keep coming back.

Sultans Run at one time was a horse farm. It was home to a horse called Supreme Sultan, that has some history behind him. Over the land that now comprises 18 holes of golf and a driving range, Supreme Sultan sired a record amount of World Champion American Saddlebred horses. Nobody else can claim this record.

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THE PAR 3, 2ND HOLE REQUIRES A CARRY FROM THE TEE.

If your curious about who some of the horses are who got their start in life right at Sultans Run, you need check no further than the engraved stones around the tee boxes to see the names.

The property underwent a renovation in 1996 by architect Tim Liddy who broke into golf design under the watchful eye of Indiana’s very own Pete Dye.

Sultans Run has had new bunkering, re constructed greens, and a reworking of a few holes over the years. What it is now, is one of Indiana’s best public golf courses.

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The par 3, 12th hole has water long and left.

Liddy has created several challenges the golfer will enjoy. The first hole is a straight out par 4 that helps you get the round going, but the second shot is uphill.

The second hole requires some carry over water into a green snuggled into the side of a hill. The rest of the front nine will give you more elevation change and a series of doglegs, including the short (493 yard) par 5 that plays Left to Right but has an uphill long second shot to get home in two.

The back nine opens with a solid 576 yard par 5, that makes you think how much of the corner you want to cut off with your drive. The Par 3, 12th hole plays around 200 yards from the back tee’s, with water long and left. the last par 5, of the day is the 13th hole. It has a strategically placed creek and traps, that make this gradually uphill hole play tougher than it looks.

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The par 3, 16th hole is 192 yards from the Tips.

No golf course that is built on a former horse farm is complete unless, it has a horseshoe shaped bunker. At Sultan’s Run this is found on the par 3, 16th hole that plays 192 from the back tees.

If you fly the green and the horseshoe you will find the pond.

While Donald Trump did not design the final hole at Sultan’s Run, you do get a finish that you might find at one of his courses. The waterfall behind the 18th green not only gives you a pretty finishing approach shot, the sounds of the water can be soothing as you stand over your final putt of the round.

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The 18th green with full waterfall behind.

Sultans Run is doing some remodeling so they can not only help golfers have a great round, but giving your group the setting for you 19th hole activities. Have a big group and small group, need the right spot for a wedding. No problem Sultans Run can handles your requests.

If you GPS on the golf course, you can even download the App to your phone.

Sultans Run should be on your hit list if your headed through Indiana, just over 1 hour from Churchill Downs if headed down to the Kentucky Derby. Call (812)-482-1009 for tee times, or visit the website and book online at SultansRun.com. 1490 N. Meridian Road in Jasper, Indiana.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.