PERU, Ind. - Rock Hollow Golf Club is owned and operated by the Smith family, as in PGA Tour pro Chris Smith. The 6,944-yard Tim Liddy design is proof that a golf course doesn't need a fancy clubhouse or hoity-toity service to be one of the best in a golf-crazy state. This is the family business of a tight-knit family with deep roots in this tight-knit community. The tragic death of Chris Smith's wife and severe injuries sustained by his two children in an auto accident early in 2009 shook not only everyone at the course, but also the entire surrounding area.
But the Smith family will endure, as will Rock Hollow.
Golfers here are treated to an outstanding layout that winds through a mined-out rock quarry, challenging golfers with tall stands of timber and rock outcroppings. Liddy was a star student of Pete Dye, and he learned from the master how to toy with players' eyes and judgment. Club selection is always critical, and even the best players have to play cautiously and pick their spots, or the mounded green complexes and tight tee shots will take their toll.
Conditions are always immaculate, and with green fees around $50 in peak season, this 4.5-star course is in serious contention for best value in the entire state of Indiana. Visitors will practically feel like family from the very first tee.