Posted: May 14, 2005 3:49 pm EST

Brickyard golf: Teeing off at the track (~11 col. in.)
by Lynn Hamilton, The Hendricks Co. Flyer, Avon, Ind.
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    Additional Information: Jim Kinsherf of Massachusetts prepares to tee off at hole 7 in the infield at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    CNHI News Service photo by Lynn Hamilton/The Hendricks Co. Flyer, Avon, Ind.



    By Lynn Hamilton
    CNHI News Service

    INDIANAPOLIS — It may seem like golf and auto racing couldn’t have less in common, but the two sports fit together nicely at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course. Four holes in the middle of the course are situated right in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    The course, designed by Pete Dye, a world-famous golf course architect, was selected this year for the second time as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” in Golf Digest. The magazine first published the biennial list in 2003, when Brickyard Crossing was first recognized.
    Jeff Schroeder, head golf professional for 11 years at the facility, says he thinks much of the golf course’s allure is clearly its intertwinement with the racetrack, but it is also a quality course.
    “It’s a championship-caliber golf course,” he said. “Even though it’s a public course, they get country club conditions.”
    He added that when race day nears, demand for tee times increases dramatically.
    “Everybody wants to play when the cars are running,” Schroeder said. “Trying to accommodate everybody is the hardest thing.”
    Tom Smith, Schroeder’s former teacher at Speedway High School, now works in the cart barn at Brickyard Crossing. After 33 years in education, including seven as assistant principal and six as principal in Speedway, Smith said he retired and asked Schroeder about a job at the course.
    “It’s good people and it’s a nice golf course,” he explained.
    Jim Kinsherf of Massachusetts recently played a round on the course while visiting the area to attend an American Salvage Pool Association convention.
    “It’s great,” he said as he prepared to tee off at hole 7, the first one in the infield. “This is really cool. I’m impressed.”
    Schroeder said special groups often play at the course. IUPUI basketball coach Ron Hunter and Texas Tech University Athletic Director Gerald Myers were recently part of a foursome in an NCAA outing and Schroeder said there is an annual race drivers’ tournament the Monday after the last day of qualifications.
    Tee times must be scheduled 14 days in advance. The course is open at 7 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 11 a.m. on Monday. The rate is $90 per person, which includes a golf cart with a GPS yardage system.
    For more information or to set up a date, call the Pro Shop at (317) 492-6572 or visit the website at www.brickyardcrossing.com.

    — Lynn Hamilton writes for the Hendricks County Flyer in Avon, Ind.

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