Tucked away in a private neighborhood, Lone Oak?s 18-hole golf course stretches across 6,473 yards of rolling countryside speckled with mature trees. A stone-lined pond occupies the center of the course, attracting geese and other waterfowl and striking fear into the heart of any golf ball that never dreamed of becoming a barnacle. An onsite driving range prepares swings for forays onto the fairways, and a practice green helps players to get a feel for the speed of the club?s putting surfaces. Lone Oak?s private club also encompasses a 25-meter pool with six swimming lanes, a diving board, and a deep end for competitive snorkeling.
Though Old Silo Restaurant smokes all of its meat in house, it might be more apt to say that they do it on the green. The dining room—part of the golf course's 6,000-square foot clubhouse—connects to a back deck, where diners can take in the bluegrass landscape along with their meals.
This scenic perch embraces its Kentucky roots with a menu of country entrees. Barbecue is a mainstay, and the chefs' special sauce decorates ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. Dinner dishes include fresh-cut steaks and fried catfish, as well as the "Love me Tender" platter: homemade breaded chicken tenders served Buffalo-style or with secret Old Silo sauce, made inside the Old Silo's adjacent Old Alchemy Chamber. As the kitchen preps these plates from scratch, players conquer the 18-hole course outside, exploring lush fairways to a burbling soundtrack from Somerset Creek.
If Man O' War Golf Learning Center racks up any additional awards, Golf Digest might run out of space?the magazine has already named Man O' War a favorite public range in Lexington, and instructors Brad Bachand and Tennye Ohr have earned spots on their list of Best Teachers in Kentucky in 2009, 2011, and 2013. Along with a staff of other top PGA professionals and instructors, they lead private lessons, clinics, and golf fitness sessions for players of all ages. They also specialize in additional services that help enhance performance, including video swing analysis and custom club fitting.
Sequestered in 151 acres of rolling hills and immaculate greenery, Woodford Hills Country Club whisks patrons through a bucolic landscape that features amenities both recreational and relaxing. Nimble golf carts take clubbers slaloming the fairways of the club's picturesque, 18-hole golf course, which runs alongside a horse farm and caters to golfers of all abilities with a player-friendly layout and strategic equine caddies. Outstretched toes test the waters of the club's outdoor pool, and the outdoor tennis courts sate racket-wielders' competitive spirits and affinity for yellow fuzz. Woodford Hills Country Club Grill and Bar invites midday or after-hours revelry amid burgundy walls and mahogany accents with Friday night dinner specials and crisp, cold drinks.
The 18 holes at Duckers Lake Golf Resort form not just a golf course, but a challenge in decision-making. Should golfers try to fly the pond on the first hole's slight dogleg or lay up? What about on the second, where there's no pond but going out-of-bounds is a real risk for all but the most precise drives? Similar quandaries can be found throughout the course. Naturally, avid golfers thrive on these types of strategic tests, and Duckers Lake has them in abundance. Water comes into play on 12 of the 18 holes, and sand traps can be found on nearly all of them, perfect for scratching in some quick mathematical calculations to triangulate the best approach shot.
Once their foursome's final putt has trickled into the 18th cup, players can head to the course restaurant for a pint of beer and a quick tally of the scorecard. If they don't like what they see, they might consider logging some hours at the course's practice putting green or driving range or upgrading their equipment at the pro shop.
Designed by architect Buck Blankenship, the fairways of Shelbyville Country Club's 18-hole course circumnavigate a horseshoe-shaped lake and they gently rise and fall over the rolling hills of Shelby County. Narrow fairways lined with mature trees offset the course's relatively short 6,400-yard length, setting the tone for a round that rewards accuracy and course management over flashy drives and flame-decaled golf bags. A fully stocked pro shop lies at the course's trailhead, offering players the latest in clubs and gear, and a staff of two resident aces stands ready to adjust swings and impart strategic advice during private and group lessons. Along with the immaculate landscape, Shelbyville Country Club boasts two outdoor tennis courts and an Olympic-size pool featuring a gated kiddie pool and play area, all of which are patrolled by a lifeguard and Mark Spitz's mustache.
Course at a Glance:
Course rating of 71.7 from the back tees
Slope rating of 122 from the farthest tees
Four tee options
Max yardage is 6,379