Purdue | Kampen Course Voted 2nd Toughest Course in America by GolfAdvisor.com

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – GolfAdvisor.com, a website that provides golf reviews by golfers for golfers, has named Purdue’s Kampen Course the second-toughest course in America the website announced recently.

The list was made according to reviews submitted through Golf Advisor. The site ranked them based on each course’s difficulty rating (scored 1-5 based on the selection made by the golfer on the review form). The Top 25 features major championship and PGA Tour venues as well as some of the most notorious courses in destination golf.

The difficulty of the Kampen Course is ranked behind just Bethpage Black on Long Island, New York, the site of the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open and future site of 2019 PGA Championship and 2024 Ryder Cup.

The course, which started under construction in 1996, is designed by legendary architect Pete Dye and is consistently ranked one of the top collegiate courses in America. The course is a unique links-style layout with strategically placed waste bunkers, native grasslands, man-made wetlands and large, undulating greens. Measuring over 7,400 yards from the championship tees, it is a true test for all golfers.

Some of the comments from public golfers on GolfAdvisor.com include:

  • “The greens were flawless, undulated in all directions and were extremely fast.”
  • “I did my homework before playing here and knew that it was consistently rated as one of the best college golf courses in the country as well as one of the toughest golf courses in Indiana. After playing a round of golf here, I would agree with both of those assessments.”
  • “The fairways were in great shape and the rough was punishing. I don’t think I found a single spot of hard pan all day.”
  • “While the course is difficult, it is not impossible to score here. Even on a windy day, the par 5’s were reachable in two shots. There are also several risk/reward par 4’s that are almost drivable depending on the wind.”
  • “This is a very well-maintained course with many different types of challenges. Large undulating greens, numerous bunkers, odd angles and water hazards on several holes make you think about your shots much more than many courses. I would recommend that anyone who has an opportunity to play this course do so.”
  • “They set the bar pretty high when comparing to other courses. Big greens but very difficult. If you can stay out of the heather, you will have more fun.”
  • “This course is a masterpiece of golf architecture created by Pete Dye. There is nothing that I did not like about this course. The fairways were perfect and roll like waves. If you have not played this one and get the opportunity, I can’t recommend it enough.”


The Kampen Course has hosted many big events, including the 2003 NCAA Women’s Championship and the 2008 NCAA Men’s Championship. The 2008 event is widely considered one of the toughest NCAA Championships to date, as UCLA won the title with a team score of 42-over par. The individual winner, UCLA’s Kevin Chappell at 2-under par, bested PGA Tour stars Rickie Fowler (+6), Billy Horschel (+7), Russell Henley (+14), Henrik Norlander (+16) and Brian Harman (+28), to lead the Bruins to the team title by one shot.

The course will add to the list of events hosted with the NCAA West Lafayette Regional (men) next May.

With the opening of the newly-renovated Ackerman-Allen Golf Course, the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is now a premier golf destination in the Midwest.

For more information on booking tee times, please call 765.494.3139.


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