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Discover the Warren Golf Course, which has hosted both the U.S. Senior Open and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.

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Morris Inn at Notre Dame’s golf heritage dates back to the 1990s.

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The University of Notre Dame's 18-hole public championship Warren Golf Course opened in 1999, which is available to guests staying at the historic Morris Inn at Notre Dame. The course was designed by the Austin-based architectural team of Coore and Crenshaw, headed by Bill Coore and PGA Tour veteran Ben Crenshaw. Coore himself began his architecture career in 1972, working alongside legendary course architect Pete Dye. With him, Coore picked up some of the finest strategies for producing challenging, yet enjoyable, fairways. The Warren Golf Course was among the many facilities that Coore created based on his experiences with Dye, featuring a wonderful combination of difficult hazards and picturesque scenery. But much of what Coore constructed was also based on earlier historical examples developed in Ireland and America at the height of the Victorian age—a period that most sport historians referred to as the “Golden Age of Golf.” Winding its way through 250 wooded acres, the course specifically incorporated traditional elements of the great golf courses from the early 1900s, and—unlike many modern layouts—was built on subtleties rather than special effects. Perhaps the greatest example was Warren Golf Course’s 16th hole, considered by many to be its signature green. Coore and his partner Crenshaw specifically made the tee shot negotiate nearby Juday Creek, as well as a heavy series of bunkering off to the left-hand side of the course. Once across the creek, the two men then created a short, uphill approach that led toward an undulating green protected by a front pot bunker. In the years following its debut, the Warren Golf Course has entertained a terrific reputation for its scenic beauty and rewarding difficulty level. In fact, the United States Golf Association (USGA) selected the Warren Golf Course to host both the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and the 2019 U.S. Senior Open. Indeed, few other places in Indiana are well suited to play a memorable round of golf than the Warren Course at the University of Notre Dame.

  • About the Location +

    Located in South Bend, Indiana, the University of Notre Dame is one of America’s most prestigious institutions for higher learning. Organized into seven schools, the university is celebrated for its many educational programs in subjects like business, literature, and anthropology. But despite its great renown today, its origins are far humbler. In 1842, the University of Notre Dame was first organized as a frontier school at the behest of a European Catholic order known as the “Congregation of the Holy Cross.” Its leader, Father Edward Sorin, specifically founded the school within a rustic log chapel alongside less than a dozen fellow congregants from France and Ireland. Sorin and his cohort quickly raised several additional buildings in just a matter of months, including an elementary school, a vocational institute, and even an official church. Impressed, the Indiana state legislature eventually granted Sorin’s facility a charter under the title “University of Notre Dame du Lac” some two years later. Over the following decades, the name was shortened to the present “University of Notre Dame.” It also grew slowly, with various administrative officials wishing to only offer a small catalog of courses. Nevertheless, two presidents, Thomas E. Walsh and John Zahm, instituted various improvements to the university curriculum, intent on enhancing the school’s scholastic reputation. Both men oversaw the construction of many more educational facilities, such as libraries, science labs, and state-of-the-art classrooms. Perhaps the greatest building developed amid these periodic expansions was the beautiful Basilica of the Scared Heart, completed during Walsh’s tenure in 1888.

    Even though the University of Notre Dame was well-respected throughout the United States by the end of the 1800s, it did not develop its current standing until the start of the 20th century. During the 1920s, university president John W. Cavanaugh decided to further reform the school’s educational standards to the point where it would be recognized as a national center for cutting-edge research. He revolutionized the way the university awarded its degrees and greatly expanded the course offerings to cover topics ranging from chemical engineering to journalism. Additional presidents followed in Cavanaugh’s footsteps, who reorganized the campus to ultimately contain multiple colleges and a law school. Meanwhile, the university’s athletics program underwent a dramatic transformation of its own, particularly regarding its collegiate football team. Known as the “Fighting Irish,” the football team emerged as a dominant force in the nascent world of college sports. Much of this change occurred thanks in large part to its innovative head coach, Knute Rockne. Under Rockne’s guidance, the Fighting Irish would amass an astounding record of 105 wins to 12 loses, including three national championship victories. However, the team’s success had an unintended effect—it spawned a significant source of revenue for the university. The Fighting Irish themselves soon became national icons for generations, with Rockne’s even being immortalized in a special Hollywood film called Knute Rockne: All American. (Future U.S. President Ronald Reagan appeared in the movie as well, playing legendary college quarterback George Gipp.)

    The University of Notre Dame experienced yet another substantial period of growth in the wake of World War II, which was presided over by President Theodore Hesburgh. Among his most noteworthy accomplishments involved the increase of both the operating budget and annual endowment. He also managed to enlarge the campus population to house several thousand students. A major contributor to that change was the introduction of the University of Notre Dame as a coeducational compound. (The university specifically absorbed an affiliated, all-girls Saint Mary’s College.) In essence, Hesburgh established the foundation for the university’s modern culture and current academic level of excellence. Indeed, the elevation of the University of Notre Dame to national repute even inspired the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to list several buildings within the school on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Today, the University of Notre Dame continues to be a celebrated educational institute in America. The school hosts over 10,000 students on average, who study several dozen different subjects. In fact, there are more than 50 graduate programs alone at the University of Notre Dame. Its alumni body is also one of the most highly regarded throughout the country, which includes many influential figures like Nobel laurate Eric Wieschaus, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Pro-Football Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana, and television personality Regis Philbin. As such, few schools in the United States can truly rival the heritage present at the illustrious University of Notre Dame.


  • About the Architect +

    Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw: The team that designed the Warren Golf Course—Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw—have years of experience among them when it comes to golf course architecture. Bill Coore himself first entered the business of golf course architecture as a young man during the 1970s. Upon graduating from Wake Forest University, Coore found employment constructing golf courses under the direction of the legendary Pete Dye. Coore soon learned many of Dye’s iconic concepts about landscaping and started incorporating them into his own work. In 1982, Coore finally left Dye’s tutelage to open his own design firm. The experience with Dye proved invaluable, as it helped Coore create such renowned facilities like the Rockport Country Club, Kings Crossing Golf and Country Club, and Golf du Medoc in Bordeaux, France. Meanwhile, Coore’s future partner, Ben Crenshaw, was busy establishing a reputation as an elite professional golfer. Indeed, Crenshaw had won numerous high-profile victories on the PGA Tour, including a first-place finish at the 1984 Masters Tournament. (Crenshaw would later win his second Masters Tournament in 1996.) However, Crenshaw had also grown an appreciation for golf course architecture and began extensively studying a variety of techniques in use since the early 20th century. Crenshaw thus started influencing the designs of many courses, including the renowned TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas—currently the site of the well-respected Byron Nelson Classic. In 1986, Bill Coore and Bob Crenshaw then decided to form their own architectural firm together upon realizing that they each shared similar design philosophies. Called “Coore and Crenshaw,” their partnership has since gone on to construct some of the finest courses throughout the United States, such as the Austin Golf Club, the Sand Hills Golf Club, and the Old Sandwich Golf Club.


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