RN Thompson Golf, a well-known name in Indianapolis area golf course management and development, has taken over management duties at Eagle Creek Golf Club for the remainder of 2011. The City of Indianapolis selected RN Thompson as the new manager in late March after terminating its contract with former manager Jerry Hayslett and soliciting bids for a replacement.
Even with the management transition, RN Thompson co-president Mark Thompson said that central Indiana golfers can expect the same enjoyable, affordable, and award-winning experience that they’ve grown accustomed to getting at Eagle Creek. Additionally, Eagle Creek golfers may notice some of the course and grounds enhancements and upgrades that RN Thompson has made since assuming control.
Thompson also indicated that Eagle Creek’s operational staff will remain the same. Memberships that were purchased prior to the management transition will be honored on the same terms, and all leagues, outings, and Golf Academy programs that were scheduled or organized prior to the management switch will proceed as originally planned. Additionally, daily greens’ fees and cart fees will remain at the same levels as they were set at for 2010, which includes some of the best twilight rates in the area.
Situated just off of west 56thStreet in between Eagle Creek Reservoir and Raceway Road, the original 18 holes were designed by Pete Dye in the mid-1970s. The course was doubled in size in 2001, making it one of few area courses to offer 36 holes, divided between its Sycamore and Pines courses.
Twilight rates at Eagle Creek offer afternoon and evening golfers a great deal for playing 18 holes with a cart. The rates kick in at 3:00 every day of the week, when it only costs $25 to play the Sycamore Course or $20 to play the Pines Course.
RN Thompson’s contact with the City runs until the end of 2011, at which point bids will be solicited for an 8-year management deal. Mark Thompson said that RN Thompson plans to submit a bid for the long-term contract and hopes to develop an enduring relationship with the course.
Bob Thompson founded RN Thompson in 1960, and he runs the company alongside his sons Mark and Bobby. RN Thompson Golf has built, developed, and managed 9 central Indiana courses prior to assuming management of Eagle Creek, in addition to courses in Bloomington, Ind. and Homestead, Fla. Currently managing courses on Indy’s north (Ironwood and Gray Eagle), east (Winding Ridge), and south sides (Southern Dunes and Smock), the addition of Eagle Creek gives Thompson a west side presence that it hasn’t had in several years.
Eagle Creek is the official golf course of the Indianapolis Colts, just a short drive away from the Colts Complex. With the ongoing NFL labor negotiations, litigation, and uncertainty about the upcoming 2011-12 season, at least Colts players, staff, and fans can be confident that the nearby golf course will continuing operating without interruption.