A championship-caliber weekend awaits in South Bend for your golf getaway.
We’ve already done the planning for you: Multiple courses and great food and drink should make for an unforgettable golf-focused trip. Let us show you how with this itinerary.
Afternoon round at Warren Golf Course
Start your trip at South Bend’s top public course. Warren Golf Course is a Coore and Crenshaw design just north of Notre Dame’s campus. You can sneak a view of the Golden Dome from the 250-acre property that’s home to the Fighting Irish golf teams and hosted the 2019 U.S. Senior Open.
Dinner at Rocco’s Restaurant
Rocco’s is a longtime South Bend institution a few minutes south of Notre Dame with deep connections to the university. It’s considered by locals one of the best pizza spots in the area and is just a short drive from Warren.
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Drinks at Brothers Bar + Grill
Unwind after your first day at Brothers Bar + Grill, another spot near campus. It has a large patio for relaxing outdoors, a long tap list for beer enthusiasts and a lengthy menu.
Grab breakfast at Ragamuffin
You’re headed to the course, so no need to sit down for breakfast. Instead pop into Ragamuffin Bakery + Coffee for a cinnamon roll and some caffeine. Might want to add a cookie to your order for an on-course snack later.
Morning round at Blackthorn Golf Club
It’s time for a full-on golf day. Kick things off with an early round at Blackthorn Golf Club, which every year hosts a Symetra Tour Event for rising stars seeking to make a jump to the LPGA Tour. Wide but undulating fairways make for a challenging yet approachable setup. Although no longer city owned, Golf Week Magazine in 2013 rated Blackthorn the top municipal course in Indiana.
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Lunch at Bob’s 19th Hole
Something of a hidden gem, residents on South Bend’s west side know all about Bob’s 19th hole. Order the Philly cheesesteak over rice and the server might just think you’re a regular.
Afternoon round at Elbel Park Golf Course
They don’t call Elbel Park “nature’s golf course” for nothing. Elbel is tucked away in a pristine natural area, dotted with wetlands and with Mud Lake as its centerpiece. You’re just as likely to spot deer or sandhill cranes as you are to make a great shot (we hope there are many of both). It’s particularly beautiful as the sun sets.
Dinner at LaSalle Kitchen + Tavern
Head to downtown South Bend for dinner at LaSalle Kitchen + Tavern, where you can order a Wagyu burger and wash it down with a pint from one of the best beer menus around. The cocktails are pretty solid too if you’re headed that direction.
Drinks at South Bend Brew Werks
You’re already downtown, so stretch the legs and walk to one of our favorite local breweries. Brew Werks cultivates a community vibe to go along with a rotating tap list of beers brewed in house. If you’re looking for something a little different, wander over to The Exchange Whiskey Bar or the Hideaway at The LaSalle for a cocktail forward experience.
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Morning round at Erskine Park Golf Course
Still up for a little more golf? Tack on an extra day before heading out and wrap up the weekend at Erskine Park Golf Course, a historic South Bend municipal. Golf legend Arnold Palmer played the course in 1961, shooting a 1-under par 34 on the back nine. Gear up for No. 10 — a 600-plus yard par 5 that requires your best game to make par.
Lunch at Fiddler’s Hearth
Before you head out, it’s best to fuel up. Fiddler’s Hearth is an authentic pub and a great place to wind down before heading home. Order the fish and chips. Trust us.