History

History

Our Rich History of "The Purdue Golf Experience"

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 Purdue Women's Golf Coach, Devon Brouse, and the leadership of Purdue Men's Golf Coach, Rob Bradley, 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 individuall NCAA Championship along with 15 All-Big Ten and two All-American selections.

Ackerman-Allen Course History

The Ackerman-Allen 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 individual championship. The course was then redesigned by Larry Packard in 1968 and further improved in 1998 with the opening of the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. In 2016, world renown course architect, Pete Dye, put his own touches on the former Ackerman Hills course by renovating it into the Ackerman-Allen Course we know today. The course is named in recognition of Jim and Lois Ackerman, and Samuel Allen's support of Purdue Athletics.

Kampen Course History

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:

  • 1999 Big Ten Women's Championship
  • 2000 Big Ten Men's Championship
  • 2000 Western Junior Championship
  • 2001 NCAA Women's Central Regional
  • 2003 NCAA Women's Championships
  • 2004 NCAA Men's Regional
  • 2004 Indiana Open
  • 2005 Women's Western Amateur
  • 2005 Trusted Choice Big 'I' Junior Classic
  • 2008 NCAA Men's Championships
  • 2008-2013 Indiana Boys State Championships
  • 2009 Big Ten Women's Championship
  • 2010 Big Ten Men's Championship
  • 2010-2014 Plantations Junior Tour Championships
  • 2011 & 2014 Indiana PGA Northern Open
  • 2017 NCAA Men's Regional
  • 2017 Indiana Open

Good luck as you test your skills on the same layout that the nation's top collegiate players have competed on. Go Boilers!

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