Swing Into A Kentucky Golf Vacation
Kentucky offers over 300 courses that are sure to please the most experienced golfer to the newcomers. These courses offers golfers a chance to play challenging, yet beautiful greens that make for a perfect gold outing.
Kentucky State Parks boast 13 championship 18 hole golf courses with challenging layouts and designs. These courses offer the ability to play golf among some of the most gorgeous and diverse natural beauty throughout all regions of the state, ranging from breathtaking mountain vistas to beautiful waterways. In the western lakes region, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park is a three diamond resort offering lodging, dining, camping, boating and 1,700 acres of breathtaking recreational opportunities. Their golf course is a championship style par 72 designed by notable course architect Perry Maxwell. Four sets of tees accommodate players of all capabilities. You can stay in one of the park’s 72 rooms or directly at the golf course in the Village Green Inn.
In the Eastern Kentucky Appalachian region, players can golf at Wasioto Winds at Pine Mountain State Resort Park. The Michael Hurdzan-designed golf course will leave visitors captivated by the surrounding natural beauty of the mountains. The 18-hole course includes six arching bridges crossing over water features throughout. Don’t miss this course that Golf Digest rates at a 4-star “Best Place to Play”.
The state parks offer a Getaway to Golf package, which includes overnight lodging and 18 holes of golf with a cart and breakfast. Package prices vary from park to park and are per person, per night, and subject to availability. To reserve your Getaway to Golf package at a Kentucky State Park, visit here. The state parks are also offering discount cards for 16 courses which offer special deals on green fees.
The Kentucky State Parks also offer a variety of recreational opportunities that can make your golf trip complete for you and other members of your group such as boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, horseback riding and more. In addition we have other travel itineraries that include shopping, vineyard tours, bourbon distillery tours, spas and many well-known attractions.
In addition to Kentucky State Park resorts with top-notch courses and lodging, the commonwealth is home to a growing number of privately-owned golf resorts that feature challenging play and excellent accommodations. At these resorts, visiting golfers will find cottages, villas, suites, and rooms for rent.
In central Kentucky, there’s the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa, featuring a signature golf course designed by renowned architect Rees Jones. The 18-hole course is sculpted from the rolling hills of Kentucky Bluegrass country. Resort guests enjoy amenities including perfectly appointed guest rooms, spa and gourmet restaurant. Griffin Gate Golf Club offers private lessons with PGA Professionals to help you get the most out of your game.
In Bowling Green, The Club at Olde Stone features a course designed by legendary Arthur Hills and includes an indoor learning center with heated tee space and swing analysis technology. There is also recreational and entertainment for the whole family including tennis courts, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and fitness center.
Outside of resorts, there are scores of wonderful public courses throughout the state. One such course was designed by PGA Tour veteran and Franklin, Kentucky resident, Kenny Perry. Kenny Perry’s Country Creek course is an 18-hole public golf facility nestled in the hills and woods of south central Kentucky. Golfers will especially enjoy the collection of Kenny Perry memorabilia located inside the pro-shop. From his first set of golf clubs to tournament photos, you will love his personal selection.
StoneCrest Golf Course sits on 700 acres of mountain top land in Prestonsburg in eastern Kentucky. Built on a reclaimed strip mine, the course offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The championship layout plays to a Par 72 and is over 7,000 yards long from the black tees. Recognized as one of the finest in Kentucky this course has played host to both the Men’s and Women’s State Amateur tournaments.
In recent years, professional events have drawn thousands of visiting spectators and international TV coverage to the region, raising Kentucky’s profile as a retreat for golf. Louisville has emerged as an important setting for international professional tournaments such as the PGA Championship hosted at Valhalla Golf Club in 2014 and also site of the Ryder Cup in 2008. As newer and more challenging courses proliferate around the commonwealth, Kentucky’s reputation as a great place to play golf will continue to grow.