Overview

Nestled in the heart of Valparaiso, Forest Park has long been a golfer’s favorite place to play. With a somewhat wide open traditional parkland front nine, and a very challenging back nine that has several elevation changes and relatively small greens, Forest Park awakes the senses and challenges your skills.
Forest Park Golf Course
1155 sheffield Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46385

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History

Forest Park Golf Course was established in the 1920s as a six-hole course by William and Blanche Schleman.

Donated to the City

The Schleman family donated the golf course to the city in 1947 with the stipulation that it be restored and operated as a municipal facility. Shortly thereafter, 40 acres of land were acquired adjacent to the property, and the course was expanded to nine holes with a clubhouse. Construction of the course was supervised by Harry Williamson, who later became the golf course manager. Dedication was held on June 19, 1949, with William Schleman teeing up the first ball. Forest Park hired its first PGA professional, Richard Dodds, in 1954.

Thirty years later, more than 50 acres were purchased north of the existing course to create an additional nine holes and a new clubhouse. James Spear of St. Charles, Illinois, was hired as the course architect. The new nine holes were numbered one through nine, while the existing holes became 10 through 18. A dedication ceremony was held on May 31, 1973. Among those teeing off that day was Helen Schleman, daughter of the original donor.

Course Rating

Tee Course Rating
Blue Tees 68.5
White Tees 67.6
Red Tees 69.91

Scorecard

First Nine

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Blue Tees 390 475 376 178 340 466 329 198 392 3144
White Tees 375 465 366 168 325 456 318 183 377 3033
Par 4 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 36
Men's Handicap 1 3 7 17 9 13 11 15 5 -
Handicap 13 3 11 17 7 5 9 15 1 -
Par 5 5 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 37
Red Tees 360 454 287 157 310 445 307 168 362 2850
 
Back Nine
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 in Total
Blue Tees 197 223 342 380 345 470 295 127 320 2699 5843
White Tees 188 213 336 370 334 461 280 116 311 2609 5642
Par 3 3 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 34 70
Men's Handicap 12 10 6 4 8 2 16 18 14 - -
Handicap 12 16 4 6 8 2 14 18 10 - -
Par 3 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 35 72
Red Tees 158 203 320 337 322 355 218 104 301 2318 5168

Golf Leagues

Many leagues and groups call Forest Park Golf Course their home. Valparaiso’s City League began with 12 teams in April of 1952 and has grown through the years to host over 30 teams. The inaugural Vidette Messenger (now the Porter Amateur) tournament was played at Forest Park in 1955. Golf Digest has named Forest Park one of “Best Places to Play” and awarded it three and a half stars.