Peru Municipal Golf Course in north-central Indiana
PERU, Ind. - Whenever an American travels around Scotland or Ireland, he or she is struck by the number of small, municipal golf courses dotting the landscape. They all seem so quaint and quirky and fun. These golfers often lament that there aren't courses like this "back home."
Well, if "back home" happens to be north-central Indiana, Peru Municipal Golf Course might well remind golfers of those eccentric little Old World tracks. "The Muni," as it's called by locals, tumbles up and over and down and through numerous hillocks, swales, ravines, and crests, taking golfers on a short 6,006-yard joyride that is anything but dull.
In past years, the generally tiny, often bunkerless greens were known to get extremely hard and unreceptive, but recently the conditioning has improved dramatically. Many of Peru Municipal Golf Course's holes are quite short, but the dense trees and occasional OB, along with branches overhanging some fairways protect most holes from bombers.
With a course rating of 69.0 and slope rating of 118, you can certainly score here, but you'll need a sharp iron game to do so. Rates are extremely reasonable as well.
In short, The Muni reminds us what golf is all about: a pleasant stroll through nature, chasing a little ball over hill and dale. Just like it is on all those charming golf courses in the British Isles.
Peru Municipal Golf Course - hole 5
The green at the 130-yard fifth hole at Peru Municipal Golf Course is partially obscured by trees, and OB lurks just behind the putting surface.
Peru Municipal Golf Course - hole 12
You can't swing a dead Hoosier without hitting a tree at Peru Municipal Golf Course.
Peru Municipal Golf Course - hole 13
The 360-yard 13th at Peru Municipal Golf Course forces a short approach, thanks to a steeply elevated green and the thick trees pinching off the fairway - but not too short, as there's a creek down there, too.
Peru Municipal G.C. in Indiana - hole 14
Peru Municipal Golf Course's 315-yard 14th plays over (or through)a large grassy crater. Big hitters can carry their driver over it, but a mishit will leave an impossible uphill lie.
Peru Municipal Golf Course - hole 15
The 165-yard 15th at Peru Municipal Golf Course features a pretty, receptive green, that falls away on all sides.
Peru Municipal Golf Course - hole 1
The final approach at the 510-yard, par-5 opener at Peru Municipal Golf Course must carry a deep swale guarding the front of the green.
Peru Municipal G.C. - hole 2
Peru Municipal Golf Course's 300-yard second hole plays uphill and through a corridor of trees to a tiny, crowned green, making the heroic tee shot almost impossible.