French Lick Resort Casino

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Coordinates: 38°33′12″N 86°37′16″W / 38.553321°N 86.620991°W / 38.553321; -86.620991

French Lick Resort
Address 8670 W. State 56

French Lick, Indiana 47432

Opening date 2006
Theme Las Vegas
Total gaming space 38,000 sq ft (3,500 m2)
Signature attractions Donald Ross Golf Course
Pete Dye Golf Course
Notable restaurants 1875: Steakhouse
Sinclair's Fine Dining
Casino type Land-Based
Owner Orange County Holdings
Website www.frenchlick.com

French Lick Resort is a resort complex located in the towns of West Baden and French Lick, Indiana. The 3,000-acre (1,200 ha) complex includes two historic resort spa hotels, stables, a casino and three golf courses, all part of a $500 million restoration and development project.[1][2]

Casino[edit]

The casino opened for business on November 3, 2006, after a gaming license originally intended for Patoka Lake was transferred to French Lick. Honoring state law allowing only water-based gaming, it was originally designed as a riverboat and surrounded by a small pond (commonly nicknamed the Boat in the Moat).[3] In 2008, the moat was filled in and the casino boat was converted into the state's first land-based casino.

The casino features more than 1,300 slot machines, and table games including blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker.

French Lick Springs Hotel[edit]

French Lick Springs Hotel

The location was originally known as the French Lick Springs Hotel, a grand resort that catered to those who came to partake of the advertised healing properties of the town's sulfur springs. The first hotel was opened in 1845 by William A. Bowles and was an immediate success. The original hotel burned in 1897, but the resort was rebuilt on an even grander scale by new owner Thomas Taggart, mayor of Indianapolis and chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

West Baden Springs Hotel[edit]

The historic 243-room luxury West Baden Springs Hotel in the adjacent town a mile away is also part of the Casino Resort complex. The hotel was built in 1902 and held the title of the largest free-spanning dome in the world. It remained the largest dome in the United States until the completerion of the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1955. The hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, became a National Historic Landmark in 1987 and is an Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. In 2008 the West Baden Springs Hotel was cited by Condé Nast Traveler readers as one of the best mainland U.S. resorts.[4]

Golf courses[edit]

A golf course known as the Hill Course was added in 1917 and was designed by Donald Ross. It hosted the 1924 PGA Championship won by Walter Hagen and also has hosted the 1959 and 1960 LPGA Championship and was the home of the Midwest Amateur from the 1930s through the 1950s. In 2006-07, the course was restored to its original specifications in cooperation with the Donald Ross Society. The PGA returned to French Lick in June 2010 for the PGA Professional National Championship.

Pete Dye is a renowned golf course designer who has built exceptional courses for over 50 years. The Pete Dye Golf Course at French Lick opened in June, 2009. Mount Airie, Thomas Taggart's 1928 Colonial-style home, was purchased and transformed into a clubhouse and pro shop which overlooks much of the course.

The Valley Links adjacent to the hotel and casino was originally designed as an 18-hole course by Tom Bendelow and has been altered to become a 9-hole course as a result of the casino construction.

French Lick Resort - Pete Dye Course
Tee Rating/Slope 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold 80.0 / 148 519 413 641 251 391 513 611 213 532 4084 391 456 529 208 575 383 301 518 657 4018 8102
Black 76.2 / 139 465 382 610 211 350 458 534 183 469 3662 378 429 430 181 504 359 220 465 626 3592 7254
Blue 73.3 / 135 420 369 554 191 345 397 500 170 410 3356 350 394 388 162 504 344 183 431 589 3345 6701
White 70.6 / 130 360 328 501 165 340 387 480 155 360 3076 314 378 361 152 474 330 170 359 501 3039 6115
Red 65.4 / 118 314 289 442 122 271 315 421 111 326 2611 268 330 320 111 397 258 113 296 447 2540 5151
Handicap 7 13 1 11 15 5 9 17 3 14 10 4 18 8 16 6 12 2
Par 4 4 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 36 72

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "French Lick Resort press release" Inside INdiana Business, November 3, 2008
  2. ^ Marsh, Betsa:"Revived Indiana resorts mirror their gilded pasts" Dallas Morning News, September 4, 2010
  3. ^ "Two Landmark Hotels Saved, Two Others Need Saving". Hotel Interactive. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  4. ^ "West Baden Outranks High Profile Resorts". Inside Indiana Business. Retrieved 2008-111-07. 

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