When you think of Kentucky golf, you probably think of Valhalla Golf Club, site of the 1996, 2000 and 2014 PGA Championship as well as the 2008 Ryder Cup. And you would be hard pressed to think of much else.
While Kentucky may not have the quality of its neighbors, it has some courses that are worth taking a look. On the private side, there’s Idle Hour Country Club, which is one of Ross’s best designs and the only one he did in the state.
Kentucky has their own golf trail, of sorts. The Kentucky State Park system built a bunch of courses in the early 2000’s. Most of these are quite good, such as Dale Hollow. I think the location of these courses makes them fairly inaccessible, and there are some for which I wonder about the long term viability of.
For good courses in a central location, Lexington is your best bet. Louisville, despite its size, is not a hot bed of public golf.
Here’s where I’ve played so far in the Commonwealth.
These courses I still need to play.