Located north of Indianapolis in Noblesville, Ind., on Morse Lake, Harbour Trees Golf Club opened in 1973. Six years later, the Shorewood Corporation sold the club to the membership.
World renowned architect and nearby resident Pete Dye designed the course. Dye is best known for his work at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind. – site of six USGA championships, including the 2007 U.S. Senior Open – along with the TPC at Sawgrass (1994 U.S. Amateur), Whistling Straits (2007 U.S. Senior Open), Harbour Town Golf Links and Blackwolf Run (1998 and 2012 U.S. Women’s Opens). Two other Dye designs, Oak Tree National (U.S. Senior Open) and French Lick Resort’s Dye Course (USGA Men’s State Team) are hosting USGA championships in 2014.
Harbour Trees began hosting major events not long after its completion. The LPGA Tour’s Mayflower Classic was contested from 1977-80, and it hosted the Indiana State Open in 1974, 1984, 1992 and 2006. The U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur will be the club’s first USGA championship.
Many of Dye’s signature characteristics – the use of railroad ties to buttress the land and small, uniquely shaped and rolling greens – have been incorporated into the layout.
The picturesque Morse Reservoir comes into play on two par-3 holes: Nos. 5 and 18. Harbour Trees is one of the few courses in the country to conclude with a par 3.
The club serves as the home course for the Noblesville High golf teams. During their time at Harbour Trees, the girls’ golf team claimed back-to-back state titles (1986-87), while the boys’ team won consecutive state crowns in 1998-99.
Besides golf, the club also features an Olympic-size swimming pool, spa, tennis courts, workout facilities and boat docks.