Sept. 4, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's Kampen Course, a component of the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex, has been ranked the No. 3 course in all of college golf by PGA.com.
The Kampen Course, one of seven courses that comprise the Pete Dye Golf Trail, is an 18-hole, links-style, par-72 championship golf course featuring large bent-grass greens, fairways and tees. The layout presents a challenge for golfers of all abilities with vast sand bunkers, native grasslands, ponds and a natural celery bog. Kampen offers five sets of tees with the championship tees playing over 7,400 yards and the forward tees playing at 5,300 yards. Kampen is rated one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and has been awarded 4.5 stars on Golf Digest's "Places to Play." Kampen receives high marks as it is ranked as one of the most difficult golf courses in Indiana.
The course has also played host to a number of prestigious collegiate and public tournaments, such as the 2000 Big Ten Men's Championships, the 2003 NCAA Women's Championship, the 2004 Indiana Open, the 2005 Women's Western Amateur, the 2008 NCAA Men's Championship and the 2011 Big Ten Men's Championships.
The course is named in honor of Emerson Kampen and his support of Purdue Athletics. Mr. Kampen's statue overlooks the first tee.
PGA.com's Top Nine College Golf Courses
1. The Scarlet Course, Ohio State University
2. The Claw, University of South Florida
3. Kampen Course, Purdue University
4. Karsten Creek, Oklahoma State University
5. Washington National, University of Washington
6. Rutgers University Golf Course, Rutgers University
7. The Course at Yale, Yale University
8. Stanford University Golf Course, Stanford University
9. The Walker Course, Clemson University