8. French Lick Resort, French Lick, IN; 888-936-9360, frenchlick.com
Hoosier State native Pete Dye held nothing back with his 2009 creation of his namesake course at French Lick. It's almost impossible to comprehend the 301-yard, par-3 16th, with water in play, no less, followed by a 518-yard, par-4 and a 657-yard par-5. It's difficult not to steer the ball when you see that a yanked drive on many holes will leave you clinging to a sidehill of rough, necessitating a baseball recovery swing with the force of Albert Pujols just to get back in play. And climbing into and out of the volcano bunkers? Some would rather be in an actual volcano. Nevertheless, there are shorter tees to play. The bottom line: There is one memorable, demanding, classic Pete Dye hole after the next, virtually all with panoramic vistas in as pristine a setting as there is in this part of the world. Less relentless, yet as equally rewarding is the resort's Donald Ross course. Laid out by the master in 1920 and draped over open, rolling farmland, it played host to the 1924 PGA Championship, won by Walter Hagen. Lee Schmidt of Schmidt-Curley Design recently restored the layout's classic flat-bottom bunkers and ingeniously contoured greens. No matter how you fare, the casino gaming and distinctive appointments at the French Lick and sibling West Baden hotels will satisfy.