Mt. Sterling Golf Courses Keep Golfers on Their Tees Year-Round
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeff Adkins
Looking to spend a day on the links? Public or private‚ amateur to pro‚ Mt. Sterling’s golf courses are able to cater to most any need. The Old Silo Golf Club and Mt. Sterling Country Club offer challenging courses with varying levels of play and picture-postcard scenery. Both are consistently ranked on high-quality course lists in the state and stay busy almost year-round. Old Silo – so named because the silo was part of the original farm on which Hole 16 sits – opened Memorial Day 2000 and has been a hit with locals and visitors ever since. “We’re currently ranked No. 1 in the state’s public golf courses‚ and No. 3 overall‚” says Scott Fraser‚ director of golf and general manager at Old Silo. “We draw players all the way from Canada and a lot of northern states‚ because we’re ready to go about 30 days before their golf season.” The course‚ designed by Champions Tour player Graham Marsh‚ sits on 209 acres just off Interstate 64. Its bent grass ensures that it stays green year-round‚ a feature that has been mentioned in such well-known publications as Golf Digest‚ Golf Magazine and USA Today. It offers four sets of tees‚ ranging from 5‚509 yards to 6‚977 yards‚ and can handle players of all skill levels. Expansions in the works will take the total number to 7‚000 yards‚ Fraser says. The silo can be viewed from Hole No. 6‚ which Fraser describes as the course’s signature hole. “The tee is elevated 95 feet‚ and it looks down into the valley‚” he says. “It’s the first time you actually see the silo‚ but it’s also just a beautiful view as well.” The views are equally beautiful‚ and the fairways as challenging‚ over at the Mt. Sterling Country Club‚ a private-membership facility that features a 72-par course with tee length up to 6‚824 yards. Opened in 1960‚ the course was designed by Alex McKay. “Our members like the convenience of our course‚” says Scott Beahler‚ golf pro. “The pace of play is under four hours‚ and they can play anytime. People like that they’re not married to a tee time here.” Golf’s popularity‚ coupled with these quality courses‚ is helping to increase tourism to the area. Old Silo was the home to a U.S. Open qualifier‚ and it hosts collegiate events as well. The property features the Old Silo Golf Club & Restaurant‚ making the course a popular spot for wedding receptions‚ class reunions and other non-golf events.