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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.

98 Buena Vista Dr.
Frankfort,
KY
US

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

47 Smithfield Rd
Shelbyville,
KY
US