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Warren Golf Course Photo Gallery!

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Photos by Pete LaFleur (October ’98, May ’99)
and Brian Godfrey (April ’98)

A view of the north side of the clubhouse. This photo shows progress made through mid-October. The clubhouse is expected to be open to the public-with merchandise for sale-in early June. Designed in French Country style, the 7,000-square foot clubhouse will match the period of the course (early 1900s), with a classic “clinker” style brick exterior. The course superintendent’s office area (left) and the offices of the Notre Dame varsity men’s and women’s golf programs will be housed in this buidling, located at the south side of the course near the second tee (May 1, 1999). A view from the west of the unique two-sided driving range, which will provide extra space during busy periods and privacy at times on one end for special groups, such as the Notre Dame men’s and women’s golf teams. The ambiance of the early 1900s-style clubhouse will be enhanced by the surrounding trees and natural wetlands (May 1, 1999).

Construction on the clubhouse continued throughout the winter, with this early-April photo showing the west-side main entrance and the distinctive French Country style-including clinker brick exterior, copper dormer windows and a slate roof. This east-side view of the clubhouse shows work in progress on the backporch area. The clubhouse is expected to be open to the public sometime in June. This southern part of the course, located between Douglas Road and the driving range, will serve as the public parking area and bag drop (May 1, 1999). A view near the northwest corner of the course shows the 4th tee (par three, 143 yards) with the 3rd fairway located on the far side of the pond. Juniper Road runs beyond the bank of trees that line the left side of the 3rd fairway (par four, 393 yards).

The back porch of the clubhouse will look out to the northeast finishing holes while welcoming golfers from the nearby 18th green (May 1, 1999). A view from the west end of the two-sided driving range. The range areas also will include putting greens and target greens throughout the center of the driving range. The range was seeded in mid-May (photo taken May 1). The public will use the east end of the two-sided driving range. This end of the range is located adjacent to the parking area (off Douglas Road) and will provide those using the range with a view of the first fairway as they look to their right. The north edge of the driving range provides glimpses of the first hole, the sixth fairway and No. 15. This stretch of holes showcases some of the course’s best returns from the early seeding stages.

A view from the tee at the par-four, 372-yard first hole. The hole introduces the player to the course’s signature jagged-edged bunkering, with a plenty of flowing and mounding on a dogleg-left that will play into the prevailing wind from the west-thus making the opening hole play a bit longer than the listed 372 (May 1, 1999). The starter’s shed stands due south of the clubhouse, with the tricky ninth green located on the far (east) side of the shed and the first tee situated to the west (May 1, 1999). The 15th green includes a distinctive variety of trees that rim the putting area (May 1, 1999). A picturesque view from the teebox will greet golfers at the dogleg-left seventh hole (398 yards, par-four), with a solitary tree adding some danger down the left side of the fairway.

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The par-3, 143-yard No. 4 hole could prove to be one of the course’s most challenging holes, due to a very small and highly undulating green that is protected by three large bunkers. A view from the tee on the par-four, 436-yard 6th hole, which has a gentle dogleg to the right and a green that is protected by trees and bunkers. The course’s distinctive bunkering can be seen at the challenging 7th green. Notre Dame’s “Golden Dome” administration buidling is visible between this tree, which straddles the green at No. 13 and the tee at No. 12 (May 1, 1999).

The course’s distinctive bunkering can be seen at the challenging 7th green. A look back from the 7th green to the dogleg fairway. The 414-yard, par-four 8th hole is lined by trees on both sides, with Douglas Road running parallel to the left side of the tree line. Passing cars on Douglas Road will skirt by the eighth green and ninth tee, which is located near the main entrance to the course (May 1, 1999).

The sights from the No. 9 tee (par three, 185 yards) include a clear view of the southwest corner of the clubhouse. The approach on the ninth hole presents an open front to a green that is surrounded by deceptive bunkering. The first rightside bunker is intimidating from the tee and appears to be located just in front of the green, when in fact a shot must travel 25-30 yards past that bunker to reach the equally-tricky putting surface (May 1, 1999). The back nine will open with the par-five, 495-yard 10th hole. The 10th crosses the old Juday Creek and the green is reachable in two shots for long and accurate players. A side view of the 10th fairway (par five, 495 yards), taken from the cluster of trees on the east (right side), which separate the 18th and 10th fairways.

The par-four, 443-yard 12th hole will provide a challenge from the back tees, due to the prevailing wind out of the west-although the wind effect may be lessened due to a distinctive layout that is cut out from the surrounding trees (May 1, 1999). A southeast glance from the 13th fairway will provide glimpses of the No. 5 and No. 2 holes, in addition to several recognizable buildings on the Notre Dame campus, among them the Hesburgh Memorial Library, Grace Hall, Flanner Hall and the Golden Dome. An eastward view of the 13th green (par four, 433 yards). The par-three 14th juts out to the northeast in this photo while the par-four 6th hole proceeds due east (and a little south) of the 13th green. The tee shot from the par-four, 380-yard 15th hole leads into a dogleg-left approach to the green.

The 15th hole fairway showcases several of the course’s challenging bunker placements. One of the course’s signature holes will be the par-four, 345-yard 16th, which includes an elevated tee near the south side of the clubhouse, a tee shot across Juday Creek and an uphill, dogleg-left approach and challenging bunkers down the left side. The small, undulating green is protected by bunkers and framed by the trees that run along the 7th hole and Ironwood Road. The challenges on the signature 16th hole will include unique bunkering down the leftside of the fairway and surrounding the small green. The view from the tee at No. 17 (par-5, 480 yards) provides glimpses of the Indiana Toll Road. Golfers may be intimidated off the tee by the left-side water protruding from the natural wetlands, thus leading to longer second shots on the dog-leg left hole (May 1, 1999).

The par-five, 480-yard 17th hole will include a large lake on the left side and a sharp dogleg-left approach to the green. This updated April photo from the 18th tee (see earlier October photo) shows the progress that has been made on the scenic finishing hole, which includes a tee shot over Juday Creek and a dogleg-left approach to the final green (par four, 434 yards). The view from No. 18 includes a tee shot over the rerouted Juday Creek (par four, 434 yards). (Photo taken in October, 1998) Items with the new Warren Golf Course logos should be available for purchase at the pro shop during the summer (May 1, 1999).