Kentucky State Parks Golf Trail
By Brian Weis
Kentucky is famed for bluegrass, bourbon, beautiful mountains and thoroughbreds. And, spurred by a renewed focus from the State Park system, golf now is becoming a larger part of Kentucky's recreational reputation. With 18 State Park golf courses, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Our 18-hole and 9-hole courses situated in every region of the state, offer exciting championship play amid the pastoral beauty of the "nation's finest" park system. Each course offers an outstanding golf experience for players of all ages. Four of our 18-hole courses; Grayson Lake, Pine Mountain, Dale Hollow, Yatesville Lake, have received national awards from Golf Digest as "Best New Affordable Public Courses".
For private accommodations, enjoy one of our cottages with beautiful lake or wooded views. Each has unique appeal, and offer screened-in porches or decks. Tableware, cooking utensils and linens are provided, with fresh linen provided daily.
Two Featured Courses
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park
Dale Hollow has bent grass tees leading to zoysia fairways and large, undulating bent grass greens. The 61 bunkers are framed by zoysia. Most of the holes have moderate to severe elevation changes. Other course features include numerous rock outcroppings, small caves, springs, gorges, two ponds, and mountain views. Bring your camera, this is one of the most scenic courses in the country. Five sets of tees accommodate every level of player.
To better serve our customers, in the Spring of 2007, a new Clubhouse and Practice Range were opened. The Range features three large zoysia tees, two target greens, and a practice fairway bunker. Also available are two practice greens.
The course and practice facility were designed by nationally acclaimed architect Brian Ault and opened for play in 2003. Golf Digest magazine ranks Dale Hollow as the 8th best course in Kentucky. Website Golf Kentucky Links ranks Dale Hollow as the 3rd best public course in Kentucky.
General Burnside State Park
General Burnside Island State Park was named for the sideburn-whiskered Civil War general Ambrose Burnside. Burnside led patrols along the Cumberland River, circling this 400-acre island while on the look out for Confederate soldiers.
The completely new renovated golf course at General Burnside Island is located on an Island surrounded by Lake Cumberland in Somerset, KY. Brian Ault, designer of Dale Hollow and Hidden Cove, both recognized by Golf Digest, designed this spectacular layout. At 6394 yards, the course features Zoysia fairways, bent grass tees and greens. The natural beauty of large boulders highlighting landscape at hole #6 will set you up for a beautiful view atop the back tee.
In 2009 received the 1st place Commonwealth Journal Readers Choice Award as the "Best Places To Play Golf."
More Information At http://parks.ky.gov/golftrail/
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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