The French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, has no shortage of dining options. Choose from delis, bars and grills, a buffet, or fine dining. On our latest French Lick visit we dined at Hagen’s Club House Restaurant, located at the resort’s historic Donald Ross Golf Course. Afterward we stayed for the gorgeous sunset view over the course.
About the Donald Ross Golf Course
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Donald Ross Golf Course at the French Lick Resort. However, it didn’t always bear its current name. For almost 90 years the course was called The Hill Course. The named changed to Donald Ross Golf Course following a $5 million restoration from 2005 to 2007. The restoration took the course back to its original Donald Ross design. Donald Ross was a world-renowned golf course designer. He was at least partially responsible for the design of almost 400 courses from 1900 through 1948.
Hagen’s Club House Restaurant
The rocking chairs on the expansive covered porch are a welcoming touch to the century-old club house. Once you enter the door, you pass through the pro shop to reach the casual-but-elegant restaurant.
We chose to sit inside, since we had been in the hot sun all day. However, the veranda, which overlooks the golf course, would have been an ideal place to sit on a cooler day.
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One wall inside the restaurant serves as the Wall of Fame, with photos of legendary golfers who played the course. The center photo is of Walter Hagen, for whom the restaurant is named. Hagen won the 1924 PGA Championship, which was played here.
I was fascinated by the restaurant’s ornate turn-of-the-century Brunswick back bar. The bar isn’t original to the club house. However, it has an intriguing history of its own. The bar was originally in a saloon in the Chicago Stockyards area. The saloon was a regular hangout for Al Capone and his gang. Capone carved an arrow in the center of the bar. The arrow served as a warning to other patrons not to sit beyond that point.
Hagen’s Club House Restaurant dinner menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches, and entrees. My husband chose the Shrimp & Grits. Beautifully plated, the shrimp were placed in a bed of éttoufée atop the grits. Skip had never tried shrimp and grits before, but ordered it because he enjoys Cajun cuisine. He said it was delicious.
I went with the more basic Rib Eye Steak with a side of asparagus. The steak was perfectly done to my medium-rare preference.
Sunset on the golf course
When one of the restaurant staff saw our cameras, he recommended we stay a while longer to photograph the sunset. I am so glad he mentioned that. The magnificent sunset was a beautiful way to end the day at French Lick Resort.
If you dine at Hagen’s Club House Restaurant
Hagen’s Club House Restaurant serves lunch and dinner. It’s located about two miles from the French Lick Springs Hotel, at 1917 Country Club Drive. Check the web site for the full menu.
Disclosures: Visit French Lick West Baden hosted our stay in French Lick. Our meal at Hagen’s Club House Restaurant was complimentary. However, any opinions expressed in this article are my own.
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