A windswept touch of Ireland – in Kentucky?
"When the wind picks up at Kearney Hils, a golfer might well imagine being at a links course in Ireland or Scotland," says Mike Fields, a PGA professional and director of golf with Lexington Parks and Recreation. “Lexington is blessed to have such a quality course at Kearney Hills, plus many more top venues.”
These venues include The Gay Brewer, Jr. Course @ Picadome, a hidden gem on the edge of downtown and one of the oldest courses in central Kentucky, having opened in 1927. It features open, rolling terrain, small greens, tight fairways, thick rough, deep sand bunkers and very few trees.
“Lexington is lucky to be centrally located in Kentucky, with major Interstates 64 and 75 crossing here,” Fields says. “So people traveling north and south or east and west are often going to pass through Lexington to visit other attractions. And while they're here, visitors might as well play our golf courses – four of which are championship caliber.” The championship courses are Kearney Hills Golf Links, Lakeside Golf Course, The Gay Brewer, Jr. Course @ Picadome and Tates Creek Golf Course.
“Our public course was rated four stars by Golf Digest in 2009, and it has a semiprivate club feel because the Marriott name is attached to it,” says Ryan Rocke, director of golf at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. Griffin Gate is just off Interstate 75 where it meets Interstate 65, and, like the other courses here, is affordable.
“I don't know of any course in the Bluegrass Region that costs more than $75 for 18 holes, and that includes weekend rates with a riding cart, in peak season,” Roche says. “In fact, most local courses are priced at less than $50 for 18 holes. Not many large cities in the United States can make that claim – especially cities as beautiful as Lexington.”