Whenever people ask me for recommendations of public courses in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, one of my first responses is always Lassing Pointe in Union, Kentucky. Just past Ryle High School, Lassing Pointe is a very playable course for the high handicapper, yet is tough for low cappers to post low numbers on. The greens are very large, and the challenge with this course is often negotiating these greens. The longest of which is the infamous 18th hole, a green that runs 101 yards from front to back!
The first hole starts off with a pretty wide downhill fairway. Tour length hitters might have to worry about driving through the first fairway, but the rest of us can relax. With the second shot, the golfer must make a decision. The left side of the fairway is not as wide as the right, but gives an easier downhill shot at the green. A shot to the right fairway is the easier layup, but forces a third shot to go over the front-right side bunkers at the green. The green stretches 48 yards wide, giving the player their first taste of Lassing’s huge greens.
Lassing Pointe has five par 3s, and most require a carry of some kind. To be close at number 2 requires carrying the front-right side bunkers.
Hole 3 is probably the tightest fairway on the course. Playing 390 from the tips, the fairway starts getting even tighter after the 150 mark, making fairway wood the preferred weapon of choice off the tee. The green that intersects this fairway is certainly in play on the tee shot, but really shouldn’t be in play on the approach.
Holes 4 and 6 share one characteristic… O.B. left. While the back part of Lassing Pointe (behind hole 3) has seen recent development, thankfully farm land still exists on these two holes. 4 is a pretty straight forward uphill par 4, while 6 is a bit more interesting. The player has the same choice they did on hole 1. Right is the safer play, but left provides the best look at the green.
After the tough, all-carry par 3 7th comes the par 5 eighth. This hole can make or break a round. The tee shot is blind, but the fairway is pretty wide. In the summertime, good drives will receive a ton of roll. Provided one has hit a good tee shot, one is tempted for their second shot. The layup zone is very wide, but some golfers will be tempted to go for the green in two. To do so, one must carry the lake in front. But even reaching the green in two, the golfer must contend with one of the most undulating greens on the course and one that is only 24 yards from front to back. Eagles and others are all possible here. Let’s just say the day I visited, the pin placement was in a questionable spot right before the dip in the top range. I guess I just had to nail a 30 footer to prove the super made a smart choice.
The par 4 ninth is another blind drive with one of the smallest greens on the course. Nothing really tough about this hole, but those finding the right side bunkers with their tee shots will likely have to layup.
The 10th is another par 5, but should be one of the easier holes on the course. Bunkers left and right guard the tee shot. The layup is pretty wide open up until about 90 yards from the green with a left-side bunker.
Number 12 is at the lowest point in the property. A dogleg-left par 4, the golfer will either need to shape a draw around the dogleg, or hit a fairway wood off the tee to not run off the fairway. Approach shots are played uphill to a green that is nearly 50 yards from front to back.
13 is the number one handicap hole, and it is a brute of a par 4. Playing 463 from the tips, the tee shot is fairly wide open. A draw is the preferred shot to get closer to the green; one that fades too much flirts with the O.B. right. The approach will likely be played with a mid- or long-iron.
14 is the last of the one shotters and easily the least forgiving. Unlike 7 which has bunkers in front, this one is ALL CARRY over water. Having only 28 yards from the longest part of the green adds to the difficulty, especially considering the golfer is likely playing a mid- or long-iron in. Get your par and move on.
15 is the final par 5, and likely not to be reached in two since it plays uphill. The tee shot must guard against a lateral hazard to the left and O.B. right. There is interesting bunkering around the green, which those going for the green in two will need to avoid.
The final three holes at Lassing are all par 4s, and each represent a unique challenge. 16 is a short par 4 and is definitely a birdie hole if played right. The fairway is pretty wide open up until about 125 yards from the green, where it tightens up and brings right side bunkers into play. A miss to the left is not in bad shape, but misses to the right get blocked by trees, or worse, O.B.
17 is a mid-length par 4 that doglegs slightly to the left. The tee shot is blind, but the fairway is wide open and there are no bunkers to contend with. If the fairly small green is not held, up and downs will be difficult with bunkers back left and front right.
One will be hard pressed to play many more unique closers than the one at Lassing Pointe. Playing 441 from the tips, one must be very cognoscente of the hole location as the green runs 101 yards(!) from front to back! The fairway is one of the largest ones on the course. Driver is probably the play off the tee, as water doesn’t really come into play with the tee-shot.
The approach is a tough one as the peninsula green is (obviously) surrounded on three sides by water and is pretty skinny. Knowing the pin position is crucial because everything from a wedge to a long iron could be played into the green. The day I played the pin was in the very front, which meant a wedge second shot to a sliver of green.
A fantastic end to a very good course. Be sure to stop by the tombstone of a Revolutionary War soldier who is buried very close to the 18th green.
The great thing about Lassing Pointe is its walkability. It’s not the easiest course to walk, but it’s certainly not the hardest either. Greens and tees are fairly close to one another and while the course has rolling topography, the elevation changes aren’t that severe.
I paid $37 to walk 18 holes on a Friday morning. I’m not sure if they restrict walkers on weekends, but there were no restrictions when I played. Course conditions were decent given time of year (April) and recent rain. The course has a nice clubhouse that is neither too big or small. There are a couple of putting greens, a short game practice area, as well as a driving range.
Lassing Pointe proves you don’t have to have a flashy course to have a very good course. For me, the strength of this course is its par 4s.
OINK Rating: 7