Best of 2016: Top 20 golf courses in Kentucky



Heritage Hill made Golf Advisor's Top 50 courses in the U.S. in 2016. (Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor)
General Burnside Island was the no. 2 course in Kentucky according to Golf Advisor raters in 2015. (Courtesy of General Burnside Island G.C.)
Gibson Bay Golf Course has been a top-rated Kentucky course on Golf Advisor in each of the past three years. (Courtesy of Gibson Bay G.C.)

We're on the hunt for great greens in the bluegrass state. Golfers played courses throughout Kentucky in 2016, and we compiled the top-rated. Kentucky's golf scene is most well known for Valhalla, the private club owned by the PGA of America that hosts the Ryder Cup and PGA Championship.

The rest of the state's golf courses, meanwhile, caters to highly affordable public courses. In the top 20 below, you'll see just how many top courses are state park facilities, too. A couple university-affiliated courses, as well as golf resorts made the ranking.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Kentucky in 2016

Course layout: Heritage Hill
Course conditions: General Burnside State Park
Value: Lincoln Homestead State Park Golf Course
Off-course amenities: Connemara Golf Course
Pace of play: Deer Lakes Golf Course
Staff friendliness: General Burnside State Park

Top 20 golf courses in Kentucky in 2016

20. The Pioneer at the Golf Courses of Kenton County

Independence

19. Mineral Mound Golf Course

Eddysville

18. My Old Kentucky Home


Bardstown

17. Calvert City Golf & Country Club

Calvert City

16. Big Blue Course at University Club of Kentucky

Lexington

15. Marriott Griffin Gate Golf

Lexington

14. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

Gilbertsville

13. Cardinal Hills Golf Course

Bedford

12. Houston Oaks Golf Course

Paris

11. Miller Memorial Golf Course

Murray

10. Battlefield Golf Club

Richmond

9. Hidden Cove Golf Course

Olive Hill

8. A.J. Jolly Golf Course

Alexandria

7. Boots Randolph Golf Course

Cadiz

6. Eagle Trace Golf Course

Morehead

5. Deer Lakes Golf Course

Salem

4. Gibson Bay Golf Course

Richmond

3. Dale Hollow Lake Golf Course

Burkesville

2. General Burnside State Park Golf Course

Burnside

1. Heritage Hill Golf Club

Shepherdsville
No. 44 in the U.S. in 2016

Feb 17, 2017

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Brandon Tucker

Managing Editor

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.


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