Golf Getaway in Northern Indiana | Midwest Living

Golf Getaway in Northern Indiana

A charming small town and a walkable downtown make Auburn, Indiana, a great hub for a golfing weekend.
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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Photo by Kit Bernardi.
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Inn at Windmere. Photo by Kit Bernardi.
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The thwack of a golf club hitting a ball briefly interrupts early-morning birdsong at the tee box at Bridgewater Golf Club in Auburn, Indiana. And at Cherry Hill Golf Club in Fort Wayne, 17 miles south. And in Marion’s Walnut Creek Golf Course, 65 miles north of Indianapolis.

These three courses, plus a few more, are conveniently located along Interstate-69, running from Indy north to Fort Wayne and points beyond. If you’re planning a golf-centric getaway, the formal I69 Golf Trail provides a great starting point. But you don’t have to stick to the trail to have a weekend full of engaging and challenging golf.

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To plan your trip, contact the DeKalb County Visitors Bureau. (260) 927-1499;

What to do

Golf Within easy driving distance of Auburn’s Bridgewater Creek Golf Club ( is country clublike Cherry Hill Golf Club in Fort Wayne ( and Walnut Creek Golf Course, a family-owned course in Marion ( The I69 Golf Trail website highlights other courses ( Rounds with a cart start at $30; call ahead to reserve tee times.

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum Car-lovers cruise the luxury car manufacturer’s 1920s Art Deco showroom near Auburn’s Main Street. (260) 925-1444;

National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States Adjacent to the automobile museum, this former car factory displays some 190 speedsters, muscle cars and trucks. (260) 925-9100;

Where to eat

Mad Anthony’s Tap Room Sip Gabby blonde ale in the tap room of this local brewery. (260) 927-0500;

Where to stay

Inn at Windmere Expect spacious guest rooms at this bed-and-breakfast; from $115. (260) 925-3303;

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