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.
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.
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.
Weissinger Hills Golf Course’s 18-hole layout bounds across 6,526 yards of rolling countryside to form a player-friendly par 72. The course’s narrow fairways encircle a quaint, hilltop clubhouse, from which players can plot a pin-hunting expedition that will bring them into contact with treacherous bunkers, water hazards on five holes, and thoroughbreds intent on outsprinting every golf cart and outsmarting every caddy. A stint at the driving range rattles the rust off of swings, ensuring clubbers won’t be ambushed by the demanding second hole, where an uphill fairway and a green hidden behind four water hazards coalesce to form the course's hardest-rated hole. PGA-certified pro Bryan Slone roams the grounds, divulging golf wisdom in various lesson packages. The club’s facilities include a fully stocked pro shop and a snack bar with cool drinks, light fare, and a sand trap full of incriminating scorecards.
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Clear Creek Golf Center spreads out a sprawling kingdom of flag-bedecked holes dotted across 1,700 yards of outstretched fairway and greens. Calibrated to challenge golfers of all stripes, the nine-hole course unfolds with a mix of six par 3 and three par 4 holes. Like three-legged races or bomb diffusing, the course is best explored in groups of two, as pairs of partners traverse the 2-mile scenic walk on their way from pin to pin. Before striding up to neatly packaged tee boxes, save swings from lurking slumps and warm up with a large bucket of balls, spraying shots across 285 yards of designated driving range. An artificial driving area, fairway sand bunker, and seven different target greens provide comfortable teeing areas, and a chipping-and-putting green keeps short games from developing a Napoleon complex and attempting to annex the clubhouse.
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.
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