By James Feichtner
In 1928, a group of Indianapolis businessmen felt that in the interest of improving their lives, a place to live and play was a necessary. It was these businessmen that selectively chose a location in the northeast part of Marion County. Formerly known as Indian Lake Development Corp. in the 30s and Elks Country Club in the 40s, Indian Lake Country Club in the Geist area still continues the same founding tradition of a place to live and play.
As a member-owned club, Indian Lake has a sense of community that separates it from other, similar clubs. While it may feat a nine-hole golf course, it’s the social aspect that keeps its members sticking around.
“It’s basically a private nine-hole facility with a full bar and restaurant,” Golf Director and Club Manager Kyle Brunnemer said. “It’s heavy on the social side of things. I think that’s what differentiates us from other clubs like us. We take our golf seriously and have a nice facility for that, but it’s really a combination of the social aspect and the golf that draws people to this place.”
The club operates almost as a giant family. Being a member-owned facility, not much money is needed for professionally hired upkeep and maintenance as there’re always members willing to lend a helping hand.
“It’s like a big family,” Brunnemer said. “I always say that the interesting thing here is if I ever need volunteers here for a project or some help with this or that I always get more people than I need to pitch in. We recently had a big cleaning project last winter where we had 30 (member) volunteers that came in and just cleaned. You don’t see that at other places, but it’s the willingness of the folks that do it.”
Aside from the bar and restaurant, the clubhouse also features a pro shop that sells a variety of golf products and apparel as well as locker rooms, a small meeting room, a large dining room and a pool area. The dining room and smaller rooms can be rented out by non-members or used for free by members for events.
“If you are a member of the club you can use a particular space free of charge to host a party or a wedding,” President LaDonna Hanson said. “We have baby showers or club meetings for your neighborhood association or whatever. We also are available for outside parties and events and we rent it out. So if you wanted to rent the smaller space or rent the club or if you wanted to rent the dining space, that is available. “
While the golf course entertains members while the sun still shines, the club is adamant at keeping its members entertained with social events.
“Our social calendar is packed,” Hanson said. “There’s at least one big event every month. Then you throw in those months where we’ve got a lot more going on.”
One big event coming this month is the annual Fall Festival.
“The last two years we hosted a huge fall and spring festival,” Hanson said. “They’re like a community open house. Anybody and everybody is invited. It’s totally free. We’ll have jump houses, there are several different game stations for kids. There’s several different game stations for adults. We’re going to have a beer garden. We have food trucks. We also incorporate a couple of golf challenges in there.”
Of course, the members do love their golf as well. The course includes a putting and chipping green in addition to its nine-hole course. The club offers various leagues and golf outings for members of all ages to participate in from children leagues to senior leagues.
“We burn the golf course up. We constantly have several groups out there and there are different leagues that you can participate in,” Hanson said. “Whether it’s the men’s choose-up league; there’s a couple different ladies leagues. There’s a Thursday night scramble everybody is invited to and we always try at different functions to put some type of little nine-hole tournament in.”
About Indian Lake Country Club golf course
Location: 10502 E. 75th St., Indianapolis
Head pro: Kyle Brunnemer
Course: Nine holes. Par 72 played as 18 holes from alternate tees
Back tee: 3096
Back par: 36/35
Back slope: 69.0
Back rating: 128
Pro shop features:
- Personalized service and attention by staff
- Merchandise and Indian Lake Country Club signature apparel
- Club Fitting and equipment repair
- Golf lessons and clinics
- Junior golf programs including Kids Golf Camps 2x/summer
- No tee times required, open golf every day of the week.
- Full tournament golf schedule for men and women
- Weekly structured golf including men’s Saturday & Sunday morning choose-ups; morning & evening ladies’ league
- Couples & mixed tournaments
- Men’s and Women’s locker facilities
- Private and group golf lessons