Forest Park Golf course


Nestled in the heart of Valparaiso, Forest Park has long been a golfer’s favorite place to play. With a somewhat wide open traditional parkland front nine, and a very challenging back nine that has several elevation changes and relatively small greens, Forest Park awakes the senses and challenges your skills.


Forest Park Golf Course was established in the 1920s as a six-hole course by William and Blanche Schleman.

The Schleman family donated the golf course to the city in 1947 with the stipulation that it be restored and operated as a municipal facility. Shortly thereafter, 40 acres of land were acquired adjacent to the property, and the course was expanded to nine holes with a clubhouse. Construction of the course was supervised by Harry Williamson, who later became the golf course manager. Dedication was held on June 19, 1949, with William Schleman teeing up the first ball. Forest Park hired its first PGA professional, Richard Dodds, in 1954.

Thirty years later, more than 50 acres were purchased north of the existing course to create an additional nine holes and a new clubhouse. James Spear of St. Charles, Illinois, was hired as the course architect. The new nine holes were numbered one through nine, while the existing holes became 10 through 18. A dedication ceremony was held on May 31, 1973. Among those teeing off that day was Helen Schleman, daughter of the original donor.

Course Rating

Tee Course Rating
Blue Tees 68.5
White Tees 67.6
Red Tees 69.91


Forest Park Events

Father’s Day 2021


Closest to Pin Bill Schnick
Longest Putt Brandon Cygan
Men’s Gross
1st Chris & Colin Kaleth
2nd Brad & Joe Bobrowski
3rd Bill & Doug Schnick
Men’s Net
1st Jim & Greg Crowley
1st Matt & Danny Gurgon
3rd Bob & Trace Ramsey
Ladies Gross
1st Bob Punter & Lauri Dorian
Ladies Net
1st Don Butler & Cathy Gushrowski
Hole 4 Bill & Doug Schnick
Hole 11 Chris & Colin Kaleth

Forest Park Leagues

League Play

Joining a league is the perfect way to spend time with friends, meet new people, and brush up on your game in a fun and healthy, yet competitive environment.

There are a variety of golf leagues available. For more information about the leagues, to register to play in one or more leagues, or for league starting dates and times, contact Forest Park Golf Course by calling 219.531.7888 or stopping by the course at:

1155 Sheffield Dr.
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Available Leagues

  • City League
  • Forest Park Women’s Golf Association
  • Men’s Club
  • Senior League 

League Information

  • Men’s Club  – Beef Thompson
  • Senior League – Wednesdays 8:00 am  Steve Ashbaugh
  • City League – Tuesday or Thursday evenings  Karl Keller
  • Forest Park Women’s Golf League – Tuesdays 8:00 am (Tuesdays in May 8:30 am) 

Stay Connected:


Forest Park Golf Course

1155 Sheffield Dr, Valparaiso, IN 46385

Creekside Golf Course

& Training Center

2355 Clifford Road, Valparaiso, IN 46385 

Phone Number

(219) 531-7888


Beth Bowker

Manager, Business Operations