Maple Creek Golf & Country Club
10501 E 21st St.
Writer / Wade Thiel
The Maple Creek Golf & Country Club, located on the historic east side of Indianapolis, is the first 18-hole golf course designed by the world-renowned designer Pete Dye. Unfortunately, Dye passed away last year, but his legacy at Maple Creek will live on as the Club celebrates its 60th anniversary this upcoming September. They will be hosting a weekend of events in honor of this great feat.
Joe Lorenzano, Membership Director at Maple Creek, says that it’s an honor to be a part of the Club at such a historic time.
“Our current owners, Dave and Barb Bego have stayed the course and have continued to push for progress,” Lorenzano says. “It’s really starting to show as the club’s membership has now grown annually for several years. The original developer, Tom Perrine, would be proud to see his dream of a country club on the east side of Indy after all this time.”
Maple Creek Golf & Country Club keeps the Dye design and connection in mind when working on project improvements. Lorenzano says the club tries to stay close to the original mission. Maple Creek was originally designed as a family golf course and efforts have been made to keep that focus going.
Currently, the focus is on promoting our newest tee offering set at 4,610 yards. This new setting has become perfect for beginners, juniors, seniors and anyone looking to play a quicker round. Trimming the trees that line the course is still progressing into this season. All of the trees were planted at the same time, and over the years, they’ve grown considerably. Now the club is focusing on properly trimming the trees to keep the club accessible and usable for its members.
“We’re just trying to get back to being a little bit more active in preserving the tradition that Pete and Alice Dye always wanted,” Lorenzano says.
The situation with COVID-19 has been a challenge, but it has also allowed the club to roll out its new website and private member portal. It has become a one-stop-shop for all member needs from social calendars, tournament sign-ups, dining reservations and even billing.
“The concept is to improve the daily life of the average member,” Lorenzano adds. “Before, you’d have to call or email management and staff for almost everything. As an added bi-product, we’re able to give our members even better service in person.”
The club is still doing carry-out and in-person dining at the restaurant, and the response to that has been surprisingly good. They’ve been able to spread all dining parties out safely by also seating members in their adjacent banquet room.
Maple Creek is continuing to abide by the advice from experts and health care professionals during this time.
“We’re going to listen to the experts,” Lorenzano says. “ We are putting things in place to make sure everyone stays safe and comfortable, and we’re going to adapt as we need to because golf is that important to us. We’re excited to get through this together and celebrate 60 years in the fall.”
Maple Creek Golf & Country Club is located at 10501 E 21st St. in Indianapolis. You can visit them online at MapleCreekGC.com or give them a call at 317-894-3343 for more information.