SEC Football fans looking to mix some golf into their visit to the University of Kentucky have some tremendous options. The Lexington area features a handful of public courses considered among the commonwealth’s best places to play. In each case, you don’t have to break your budget to play! Here is the guide you need to play golf in Lexington, Kentucky.
TOP PUBLIC COURSES WITHIN A SHORT DRIVE
Kearney Hill Golf Links - Website
An opportunity to play a Pete Dye design for less than $40.00 is too good to pass up. Not to mention, many feel Kearney Hill Golf Links is the best public course in Kentucky. Located just seven miles north of Lexington, if you are looking for a logistically simple golf option on a top course, look no further than Kearney Hill. The course is located just off I-75 and I-64. Ranked the No. 12 course in Kentucky by Top 100 Golf Courses , it has hosted a slew of national USGA and PGA events, most recently the 2021 PGA Boys Junior Championship.
Cherry Blossom | Website
A straightforward Clyde Johnston (of Hilton Head Island fame) design, Cherry Blossom is located a half hour north of Lexington, and just off I-75. The course features just 35 sand traps, so if bunkers are the reason you can’t break 80, try this option for your golf round. Cherry Bloosom is ranked the No. 13 course in Kentucky by Top 100 Golf Courses. A weekend round of 18 with a cart will cost you just $55.00. A leisurely walk during the week - only $30.00. Cherry Blossom has private club amenities, offers memberships, but is open to all for play.
University Club Kentucky | Website
Home of the men’s and women’s Kentucky Wildcat golf teams, the “Uclub” offers 36 holes of golf - The Wildcat course, and the longer Big Blue course. Both courses are very affordable, and given the venue is just a couple minutes from Kroger Stadium and downtown Lexington, the Uclub offers perhaps the simplest, most cost-effective opportunity for golfers to squeeze in a lot of good golf on a football weekend. The Uclub normally doesn’t book tee times more than a couple weeks in advance, but if you have a large group of golfers, they urge you to contact them in advance.
Houston Oaks | Website
Located in nearby Paris (KY), this venue will give golfers a feel of being on the countryside with some vistas capturing the beauty of Kentucky’s horse country. Plus, you can play anytime for $53.00 or less. The course rates well on Golf Advisor, and has a 4.4 rating on Google reviews. Houston Oaks has everything you need for a round with your buddies: five sets of tees to choose from, a double sided driving range, and The Oaks Grill at the turn!
THE BEST ROAD TRIP GOLF COURSE
Lassing Point is about an hour 20 minute drive north of Lexington, and just a half hour from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. If you are willing to take a car ride, or play before you settle down in Lexington, Lassing Pointe is an excellent option. Top 100 Golf Courses has this venue as the top rated public golf course in Kentucky, and the No. 9 course overall. Golfweek feels the same way. And following a theme of nearly all of Kentucky’s best public courses, a round here won’t hurt your wallet. The rack rate for 18 holes and a cart is just $55.00. The courses prides itself on forgiving tee shots and greens that don’t require a perfect shot to hit. It is ideal for a large group with golfers of varied skill sets, looking to play a top notch course.
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