Famous for its fried chicken, the Derby and the music that gives the state it’s nickname, The Bluegrass State has many identifiers. It is a state that excels at producing top quality college basketball players and bourbon and it is in the east south-central region of the US. This state has some good golfing pedigree to her name too though. PGA Tour up-and-comer Justin Thomas and Ryder Cup player J.B. Holmes were both born in Kentucky and it happens to be home to one of the best courses in the country.
Designed by Jack Nicklaus and opening in 1986, Valhalla Golf Club has very quickly become one of the best courses in the US and the world in general. It has hosted three PGA Championships, two Senior PGA Championships and a Ryder Cup all since 1996. The course was updated in the mid-90s making it slightly tighter yet still an enjoyable place to play for golfers of all levels as there are many tee options to suit all. A venue of great modern golf history and one not to miss should you get the chance to play it.
The Champion Trace course at Keene Trace Golf Club was designed by Arthur Hills and has hosted prestigious events such as the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship and the USGA Senior Amateur Championship. This enjoyable parkland course features many water hazards and requires accurate shot-making in order to score well around. Another Arthur Hills creation in Kentucky that you should visit is The Club at Olde Stone. The best word to describe this resort is lush. The rolling fairways and greens are perfectly manicured and the clubhouse provides a warm welcome to first-time visitors and members alike.
Another gem in Kentucky is Dale Hollow Lake Golf Course, a course with undulating fairways and bentgrass greens. This is one course that you will want to take your time making your way around as it is littered with unique features such as small caves, gorges, springs and delightful mountain views. You’ll probably take lots of pictures as you make your way around here!