October 20, 2010
By Julie Summers Walker
Magellan Jets, a provider of charter air service, has announced its partnership with French Lick Resort, located in French Lick, Ind. Magellan and French Lick will provide private air and golf packages.
Situated atop the hills overlooking the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana, French Lick Resort is the nation’s newest premier golf destination. Since the early 1900s, golf has been an integral part of this resort area. Tom Bendelow designed the first course there in 1907 followed by Donald Ross 10 years later. In 2009, Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye designed a visually stunning masterpiece, which has quickly become one of the most highly acclaimed courses in the country. The new Pete Dye design was selected as America’s best new course by Golf Digest and GOLF magazine.
Visitors to the area also can experience the historic West Baden Hotel, which was recognized by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler as twenty-first in the magazine’s “Top 75 U.S. Mainland Resorts.” Originally built in 1902, the West Baden Springs Hotel re-opened in May 2007 following restoration. Nearly $100 million was spent in an effort that maintained the historic integrity of the building but upgraded its amenities.
Complementing the resort destination is the newly renovated French Lick Airport. The new terminal at French Lick provides luxury air service for private, corporate, charter, and small commercial flights.
Magellan Jets offers two golf package opportunities. Play 18, 36, or 54 holes in one day on the Pete Dye course for $350 or book the “Magellan Hall of Fame Package,” which includes one-night luxury lodging and all-day golf on both courses for $499.
AOPA Senior Features Editor Julie Summers Walker joined AOPA in 1998. She is a student pilot still working toward her solo.
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