Back in 1961, Heather Hills Country Club opened on Indy’s east side. It was the first 18-hole course designed by world-renowned course architect Pete Dye, leading him to build other golf courses throughout the world. The course was reputed to be one of the most challenging layouts in Indianapolis with mature silver maple trees, multiple bunkers and a meandering creek serving as a beautiful backdrop to the sport.

Fast forward to 1989, Heather Hills was renamed Maple Creek Golf & Country Club and continued to have a 208strong membership until the economic downturn of 2006. The club was destined to be sold to a housing developer. But then a local businessman and former club member, Dave Bego stepped in, determined to protect the legacy of Pete Dye’s first masterpiece. His father had been a long-time member and Bego had grown up playing on the course, so he wanted to preserve the historic value of it.

Under Bego’s tutelage from 2007 to 2014, the semi-private/public golf course has been recognized as “Indy’s Best” Golf Course (2013, 2014) and “Indy’s Best Kept Secret.” Bego brought back Pete Dye to assist with some course design tweaks, a pavilion was built for large (up to 220 persons) parties and golf outings, the pro shop was rebuilt and the club’s pool facility has been updated.

In 2015, Maple Creek took a very aggressive approach in reverting back to a fully private golf course. Against the industry norm, Maple Creek found great success in this tranformation. “We are targeting golfing families as a 204much more economical club,” said Jim Grossi, course PGA pro and general manager. “There is not much competition on this side of town that does all of what we do.” Maple Creek is now operating with a thriving membership base and in 2016 is continually focusing on creating a friendly, fun and family-oriented atmosphere.

All the amenities of a country club from unlimited golf and personal lockers to banquet facilities, a driving range and swimming pool exist. In addition, there is a full-service restaurant and Pete Dye’s Pub. This year, wine lockers are being built along with the addition of new golf carts. Caddies will also be available this year for Saturday member tournaments.

The real selling factor is how inexpensive the course is for members. “For just $3,500 a year for singles 201or $5,000 a year for families, you get full access to everything the club has to offer,” explained Joe Lorenzano, membership sales director and former Cathedral H.S. golfer. “Payments on a monthly basis include food and beverage minimums, and members can play unlimited golf with no cart fees,” Lorenzano said.

If you’re not a golfer, but want access to other amenities, there are also social memberships and pool memberships. Some aspects of the club are still open to the public, such as the restaurant. Trivia nights will also take place every other Wednesday. Maple Creek is very family-friendly and has a year-round junior league. There is always something to do, even in the wintertime. Also, the facility is available to service organizations and business groups during the week with large banquet facilities and free Wi-Fi.

Swing by sometime!


Book a free tour and social experience showcasing the value of being a member at the club. Call Joe Lorenzano at 317-894-3343 to RSVP.

Comments 1

  1. Frederic Fitch says:

    I was 8 years old in 1961 when Heather Hills Country Club opened, and my dad was one of the first ones to get a family membership. My siblings and I took swimming lessons there and joined the swim team. Dad played a LOT of golf with his buddies, and I spent a LOT of time in the pool.
    Back then, the pool had racing stripes on the bottom that were our racing lanes. We swam against Meridian Hills, The Dolphin Club, Riviera Club, TownEast, Belair Pool and Northeastway Swim Club.
    We also swam against the Miramar Club, and lost every time.
    We were good, but they were phenomenal.
    The clubhouse is pretty much the same as it was then, just painted and has new additions in the back.
    Wonderful memories of that place, and it is still a beautiful club with a really beautiful golf course.
    I remember working for Jimmy Vaughn who was the pro there, and he worked my rear off in the pro shop.

    Our Moms would drop us off at the pool for early morning swim practice, and we would just stay all day long. The deep end was cool and had a high dive and low dive boards.
    Moms could not find a better babysitter than the pool, and of course, there was no danger of child abductions in those days. So we just stayed all day long and ate candy bars out of the vending machines at the pool.
    When that was not enough, we strolled across the road to the clubhouse, and order a cheeseburger platter and put it on "Dad's tab".

    Names like, Touchette, Fitch, Demas, Moulton, Salisbury, Grantham, Lund, Winings, Smith, Goldsmith, a lifeguard named "Skip" and a coach named Rick Myers, are forever imbedded in my memory from those early days of Heather Hills.
    Ahh, the good old days.

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