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Golf Kentucky

When in Lexington, with at least 14 courses (public and private,) the Marriott offers up Griffin Gate Golf Club, a Rees Jones design built in 1981, which hosted the Bank One senior Classic from 1983 through 1989. Golf Digest lists this course in the top ten for the state of Kentucky. Both wind and water hazards are cited as significant factors at this moderately priced year-round resort course. Be sure to wear a collared shirt. Denim is not allowed. But that still leaves 4 more public courses and one other private club for a total of six within Bowling Green proper.

Near Louisville, there’s the venerable Audubon, built in 1908, and the Indian Springs Golf Course, a Kingsley Stratton design built in 1994, to name just two of the several public and private courses found in that area. The varying terrain, water hazards and plethora of mature trees make Indian Springs a bit more challenging; require that you be precise in your shots. It should be noted that Kentucky has dry counties, places where alcohol is prohibited. Golfers who feel the need to imbibe while visiting a place may want to check to be sure the county they’re intending to play in allows sale of alcoholic beverages. Otherwise, it may be a BYO situation.

All in all, Kentucky offers picturesque courses built on terrain that provides some strong challenges amidst the pleasant day’s venture. The state is richly steeped in history and points of interest, making traveling by car an interesting and beautiful experience. The undulating terrain which some course designers have incorporated into their designs can provide a greater challenge on one’s precision than courses found in shy rolling hills. The weather is pleasant in season, and the company warm and respectful, with just a touch of southern hospitality. Make a point of bringing your clubs along when you visit Kentucky. You’ll be very glad that you did!