These are the best 18 public golf courses in Kentucky! We golf Kentucky!.......
Here is the 2011 Top 18 pre-season rankings for public golf courses in Kentucky.
Based on the last seven years of hard working golf course research, we think this list will be the best 18 public golf courses to play in Kentucky for 2011.
Ever wondered what the criteria for the Top 18 is?
We look at the golf course design first. That means we're trying to determine fairness, shot value, flow/safety and how the course will suit players of various skill levels. That's why Moe plays the "Old Man Tees" (I like to bust his balls...he usually plays between 6,000 and 6,400) and I play the back tees. That gives us two different perspectives.
We also like to see 18 well done holes. A "chicken sh!t" hole or a "ran out of land" hole can drop a course in our rankings.
Drainage matters. If you are going to bull doze all that land, we don't want to see pools of water 30 feet from the drainage system or in the bottom of bunkers after a light rain...or a week after rainfall.
We scrutinize course conditions from tee to green. We look at the consistency of the greens, rough, fairway and sand hole by hole. Weather permitting, everything should play about the same for each golfer playing the course that day.
We look at the course markings, like stakes and yardage markers. So if the mower guy runs 'em over and nobody puts 'em back up, we'll give a course a poor mark in that category. Properly marked courses keep golfers moving!
There are some courses that undoubtedly would place higher if conditions were consistently better than we find them. New courses with good layouts will always have a chance to improve with maturity. Each and every golf course architect we have spoken to, concur that a well conditioned course will be viewed as a better designed course by golfers.
MOERON 11 KY PUBLIC COURSE RANKINGS
1. HIDDEN COVE
The Ault boys bring us another challenging, yet fair layout. Over 7,000 yards, all bent grass, rolling terrain built on expansive acreage. Made the leap in to our top ten in 2006 displacing some nice courses, now ascends to number one.
Around $50. You will be playing a great Michael Hurdzan designed golf course. Plays a little over 5,700 from the whites, or stretch out to 6,724 if you're up to the task. Massive greens add challenge. Quiet, nature filled and beautiful. Proving a muni can be a quality course.
3. DALE HOLLOW
Over 6,800 yards of scenic rolling terrain. Plush Zoysia fairways lead to undulating bent grass greens. Nice place. Challenging Ault father/son design. From the Kentucky State Parks "Signature Series".
4. OLD SILO
Another great course for around 50 bucks. We can't figure out why Graham Marsh picked Kentucky for his first US design, but we're glad he did. Old Silo has many elevation changes, making it quite scenic. Don't let your mind wander too much, this place is tough. 92 sand traps.
Another fine Michael Hurdzan design. Valley course surrounded by breathtaking mountain views. Ponds, wetlands and a creek combine to make water a prominent feature of this great design. The first to open (2001) from the Kentucky State Parks "Signature Series".
Another great course design. Creeks, ponds, sand and mature trees. A serene, natural golf experience. White tees are about 5,800. Add another 1,000 yards if you go from the back, which adds considerable difficulty.
7. KEARNEY HILL
Expect wind while navigating 7,018 yards of Links Style golf. Water on five holes...sand everywhere! Large greens with severe undulation in some cases. Pete and P.B Dye combined to create this all bent grass course.
8. FOX RUN
1992 Arthur Hills design. Fox Run is part of "The courses of Kenton County" which includes two more courses at this location. Fox Run is considered the most difficult! Great challenge at over 7,000 yards of not so gently rolling terrain with a rating of 74.8.
Stonecrest is a unique design built on the rim of an old strip mine. Breathtaking elevation changes add to scenery and difficulty. All bent grass. You can't find these conditions put on this good a layout for this money very often. Rivals Houston Oaks for best deal in Kentucky!
10. HOUSTON OAKS
This place is like a good secret. We're not sure we should be telling you, but we can't resist. Good layout for anyone. Great greens. What a bargain!
11. EAGLE TRACE
We really like the layout here. Tough course from the tips. Many tree lined fairways. Another nice layout for the budget minded.
12. MINERAL MOUND
Another course from the Kentucky State Parks "Signature Series". This Hurdzan/Frye design opened in 2003. Nearly 7,000 yard layout wanders through expansive, mature forest surrounded by Lake Barkley. Scenic elevation changes and lots of nature.
13. HERITAGE HILL
Breaks into the top 18 in it's second year. Sophomore Zoysia fairways were awesome already. Still has a few adolescent pimples in other areas, but the design is solid and easy on the eyes.
14. EAGLE RIDGE
Very scenic Arthur Hill, Steve Forrest design wanders through mature forest while traversing extreme elevation changes. Views will take your breath away...so will the 144 slope rating. Fun place!
The little kitty doesn't have the length of the Big Blue cat, but it offers a day of thoughtful iron play and some tight driving holes. Another all bent course with very nice conditions.
Nice open layout, built in 1988. If you like to pinch the ball, you will love these tight, well manicured bent grass fairways. Openness lends to difficulty when the wind is up. Nice place!
17. CHERRY BLOSSOM
Well manicured Clyde Johnston design gets new owners in 2007. Solid, basic design kept in nice shape.
18. QUAIL CHASE
David Pfaff routed 27 holes through beautiful hardwood forest to create Quail Chase. Creeks, ponds and McNeely Lake add scenery to rolling bermuda fairways leading to medium and large bent grass greens. Facilities abound for outings.
Prices subject to change!
19th Hole - Sit down, enjoy a beverage of your choice and we'll debate this list of courses that just fall out of the Top 18. Some nice golf to be played at these too!