When your next golf vacation brings you to Kentucky your group will be amazed by world class golf courses along with the deep traditions the two largest cities, Louisville and Lexington have to offer.
Louisville, Kentucky is home to Golf House Kentucky, the central hub for golf in the state. Kentucky is home to the only golf course in the entire country, not in Florida, that is owned by the PGA of America. Vahalla Golf and Country Club has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments including the 2008 Ryder Cup and quite a few more majors conducted by the PGA of America and the PGA Tour. Vahalla Country Club might be the most famous golf course in Kentucky but it’s certainly not the only five-star golf course in the state. When your group decides to come to Kentucky for a golf getaway here are some of the courses they will discover in the Louisville and Lexington area.
Golf courses in the Louisville area include a hiddengem just south of the city called Heritage Hills Golf Club. Now that this facility has been featured in countless publications, many Louisville residents have discovered it is well worth the time to drive a little farther south to enjoy one of the best layouts the entire state of Kentucky has to offer. Champions Pointe and Covered Bridge Golf Course are owned by Fuzzy Zoeller and are two of the seriouslygolf most popular destinations Louisville golfers visit each year. Located less than ten minutes from downtown, just across the river in Indiana, these two golf courses have constantly been on Golf Digest’s Best Courses You Can Play List. Wessinger Hills Golf Club is also located just south of downtown Louisville and has a history of being one of the best maintained courses in all of Louisville. While Wessinger Hills does have a few trees, golfers are treated to a links style layout with winding creeks and numerous bunkers throughout that offer many different challenges to golfers of all abilities. Another one of the most popular golf courses in the Louisville metro area is Quail Chase Golf Club which does an average of 200 rounds a day. Quail Chase is a 54 hole facility that offers golfers many challenges throughout each of the different 18 hole courses. If you are looking for a little bit of everything in a golf course, Quail Chase has it. Players can choose between long yardages and wide landing areas or tree-lined narrow fairways that may not be long in distance but they will require the golfer to hit every club in their bag.
Some of the Lexington courses include the 36 hole University of Kentucky home facility called the Wildcat and Big Blue courses. Both courses are similar in design and offer golfers of all abilities a number of unique challenges, including the most famous hole design in golf, the island green. Both courses are highly regarded in the Lexington area as two of the best maintained facilities every year. Another popular destination in the Lexington area is Marriott Griffin Gate, quite possibly the most talked about golf course in Kentucky with the most tradition. For more than 20 years Griffin Gate was host to the Senior PGA Tour’s Lexington Open which produced extremely popular winners such as, Jack Nicholas, Arnold Palmer, and Lexington’s own Larry Gilbert. When the Senior PGA Tour decided to change venues for its event the next course that hosted these professionals was Kearney Hills Golf Links. Each year Kearney Hills was considered one of the favorite destinations for the senior professionals because of its Scottish Links style layout. If you are looking for Scotland style golf without leaving the country, then this course is for you. Kearney Hill Golf Links is the only course in the Lexington area with this distinct feature making it one of the most visited courses in all of Kentucky. Cherry Blossom Golf Course is one of the newer courses in the state and is built across one of the most beautiful and historic horse farms in Kentucky. Located in Georgetown, Cherry Blossom is home to a Hooters Tour event each year. This is easily the most challenging and the most played course in the Georgetown area and is highly regarded as having some of the best greens in the state. Old Silo Golf Club is Lexington’s hidden gem located 25 minutes east of the city. Old Silo is considered one of the hardest golf courses in the state featuring more than 90 bunkers. Golfers love to come back for more at this course because it has been voted the as having the best fairways and tee boxes in a poll taken by golfers in Central Kentucky. Lakeside Golf Club, Tates Creek Golf Club, Gibson Bay Golf Course, Gay Brewer Golf Club, are all facilities owned and managed by the city of Lexington. These are some of the most played courses in Kentucky because of there proximity to downtown. They also host many of Lexington’s amateur and junior tournaments because of there top notch facilities not only on but off the course as well. Kentucky also offers some fantastic lodging for your golf packages that are conveniently located just minutes away from almost all the courses. So no matter what type of course your group decides on you can expect great conditions, fast greens, and friendly service at each of these facilities while enjoying some of the most scenic golf in the entire country.
Off the golf course both Louisville and Lexington offer many different things to do for the entire family making your golf trip a true vacation. Both areas take great pride in their rich history of horse farms. Keenland and Churchill Downs race tracks offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch these majestic thoroughbreds perfect their craft that is truly an eye-popping spectacle. Other attractions that the Bluegrass state offers include the Louisville Slugger Museum, historic 4th Street in downtown Louisville, and the largest under water cave system in the United States. Kentucky is also famous for being the gold standard for college basketball and both cities have state of the art museums that are open to the public for a small daily fee. So the next time you ask about golf in the south, your group should definitely consider a golf vacation in Kentucky which will always provide your group with plenty of options and activities off the course, and the opportunity to play some of the best golf courses in the entire country.