They used to be known as the North and South courses. They're now called the Kampen Course and the Ackerman-Allen Course. And no matter what they've been called, the golf courses at Purdue University's Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex are brimming with history and have seen their share of collegiate golf history.
Under the guidance of hall of fame coach and director of golf, Devon Brouse, the Purdue men's and women's teams have made trips to the NCAA Championships in seven of 11 combined seasons. The Boilermakers also have both a team and inpidual NCAA Championship along with 15 All-Big Ten and two All-American selections.
The Ackerman Hills course features 18 challenging holes contoured along the campus of Purdue University. The narrow fairways and well-protected greens demand accurate shot making and good course management. The hilly, forested terrain also offers views of the campus through beautiful blossoms and brilliant foliage.
Formerly known as the Purdue South Course, Ackerman Hills was originally designed by William Diddel and built in 1934. The course was host to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships in 1961 when Purdue won the team championship and Jack Nickalus won the inpidual medal. The course was then redesigned by Larry Packard in 1968 and further improved in 1998 with the opening of the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. The course is named in recognition of Jim and Lois Ackerman's support of Purdue Athletics. Click here to sign up for our newsletter.
In 1994, famed golf course architect Pete Dye walked what was the North Course of the Purdue University Golf Courses. His goal was to come up with possible changes that could be made due to an upcoming road construction project. Pete's plan became much more than a simple renovation. His personal goal was to produce a golf course that would be both a challenge to the collegiate golfer and act as a classroom for the students of Purdue.
With Pete on board, fundraising began and in the fall of 1996 Pete, Superintendent Jim Scott and 32 Purdue students began the construction. The departments of Forestry, Entomology, Water Quality Testing, Agronomy and other schools at Purdue all became involved.
The result is the Kampen Course, a unique links-style layout with strategically placed waste bunkers, native grasslands, man-made wetlands and large greens. Measuring over 7,400 yards from the championship tees and 5,300 from the forward tees, it is a true test of golf for all players. The course is named in honor of Emerson Kampen and his support of Purdue Athletics. Mr. Kampen's statue overlooks the 1st tee.
The Kampen Course has already received high marks, being ranked as one of the most difficult golf courses in Indiana and as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation. Such notoriety has brought the following tournaments to the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex:
Good luck as you test your skills on the same layout that the nation's top collegiate players have competed on. Go Boilers! Click here to sign up for our newsletter.