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Gold and Black Illustrated, Vol 26, Digital 5

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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED OLUME 26, ISSUE 5 77 Two For Two Renovated, Pete Dye-designed Ackerman-Allen course ready for action I t always has been a campus landmark. Despite being around since the 1930s, there is something different about it. A different feel, a different vibe. What was once the Purdue South golf course turned into Ackerman Hills in 1997 and now is newly ren- ovated Ackerman-Allen. It's been around since Bill Diddle initially designed the 18-hole course during the Great Depression and has maintained a reputa- tion for eight decades as a golfer-friendly course on a beautiful rolling piece of land. And from the looks of things, the major renovation, crafted by legendary golf course designer Pete Dye, has built on the reputation. And maybe greatly exceeded it. One of the goals of the renovation was to showcase the view of campus from the course. Part of the design was to make the Tower Acres water tower, with the Mo- tion P, a focal point. But like any new project, one has to experience it to see what has really been accomplished. "I want to see how it plays when it is all finished," director of golf operations Devon Brouse said of the course, which should be ready for play by the first week- end in June for the annual John Purdue Club golf event. "But it has the makings of being really great. It is a great blend of the old traditional South Golf Course holes, so BY ALAN KARPICK

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