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Every year a group of 5-6 of us meet up in a state and have our own little 5 rd tournament. Generally a Thursday (2 rds), Friday (2 rds) and Saturday (1 rd) schedule seems to work best to avoid local DG traffic. Having done Michigan, Colorado, Virginia, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Pennsylvania it looks like we are on to KENTUCKY! Looking at a couple scenarios:

1. We focus on Idlewild and rope in some Ohio courses to get us 5 courses to play. Idlewild, Lincoln Ridge, South Fork, Mt Airy and maybe one more. Little concerned Idlewild will probably take a whole day with 5-6 AM2/AM3 players. Also breaks our tradition by roping in Ohio course(s) to the mix.

2. Meet up in Louisville instead. I can hit up Idlewild/Mt Airy on my drive from Michigan. Guessing little better night life in Louisville, should be able to snag 4-5 courses for our events. Course recommendations? This would be nice as we are in Kentucky whole time, can hit up some cool courses on my drive.

3. Any other area in Kentucky we should look at? Usually snag some breweries during our trips but thinking it might be distilleries on this trip. Looking for 4-5 courses, good quality with some variation between them. Some wooded, maybe an open one or two. LMK.

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Old 09-17-2019, 12:04 PM
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1. Great plan even if it bucks tradition. Idlewild, Lincoln Ridge, Mt. Airy, and Osage Grove would be a spectacular weekend of golf with a great mix of holes, especially if you mix in a 9'er or two like South Fork(KY) and/or Mason Sports Complex(OH). I've played a bunch of golf spread out all over this fine country and there's likely only a few areas that have a collection of courses that match the quality in these.

-It's not so much that Idlewild takes a long time, it can, it's just that after 24 holes you may not have the energy for another round elsewhere.

2. Louisville does have a good night life scene, but I don't think it's any better than Cincy. Cincy's Over-the-Rhine (OTR) neighborhood has blown up in the past decade w/some awesome restaurants and bars. The Greater Cincy area at large has a ridiculous number of breweries (30+ if I'm not mistaken). Rhinegeist, MadTree, 50West, Taft's, Braxton(Covington, KY), just to name a handful. Louisville has some great breweries too (Against the Grain, Goodwood, Gravely) but not the sheer quantity of Cincy.

-Some of the best "Louisville" courses (Seviren Lang, New Albany) are actually across the river in Indiana so that could break tradition as well if you only wanted to play in one state.

-It's a beautiful drive from Louisville (Iroquois Park, Charlie Vettiner) up to N. KY especially if you take the back roads through Frankfort (East Frankfort Park, Graviss McDonald are a couple nice courses in that area) then north on rte 127 to hit up Lincoln Ridge/Banklick and Idlewild.

3. The only other areas that would warrant consideration would be Lexington or Bowling Green. Both areas would pale in terms of the quality of golf overall (though there are some gems) and would seriously lack the night life of Louisville or the Cincy area.

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You'll find distilleries scattered throughout the route from Louisville to Frankfort to Lexington and beyond. Check out the "Kentucky Bourbon Trail" for a list of distilleries predominately in that area.

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If I was travelling from out of state, and only wanted to play in one state, I'd probably do the Louisville to Northern Kentucky route. Diverse mix of courses and plenty of breweries and distilleries to visit and enjoy.

Iroquois Park - old school, shorter course. Some open, some wooded holes.
Charlie Vettiner - mix of open and wooded, longer than Iroquois.
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Drive to Frankfort, KY (1 hr.)
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East Frankfort DGC is mostly wooded and not very long but pretty fun.
Graviss McDonald is a beast of a course. Picturesque KY "horse farm" type terrain with long open bomber holes over rolling hills of bluegrass.
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Drive to N.KY (about 1.5 hours)
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Lincoln Ridge - One of the most fun courses I've played. Challenging, but not overly so. Mix of open and wooded with plenty of duece-able holes.
Idlewild - no description necessary.

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Old 09-17-2019, 02:24 PM
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Great post and very much appreciated.

Going to give the gang a couple options to choose from based on your feedback and see which way they want to go. Your 3rd option would be ideal for me, play some courses and keep working my way back up north closer to my heading home route. No matter what they decide to do I will be hitting up the KY/OH courses on way down or on way home.

Guessing we will have 2 guys fly in from Colorado, 1 flying in from Florida and another driving from Virginia. My brother will probably ride along with me from Michigan. A central location tends to work best for the fly guys and makes it easier to book hotel rooms for multiple days. But we have plenty of time to plot a route, find hotels and make sure they have enough time to get back to the airport.

That Kentucky Bourbon Trail site looks to be a perfect fit for our trip. Thanks for that, we will make good use of that site.

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If you want to keep it all-Kentucky, playing Idlewild and Lincoln Ridge in Northern Kentucky is obvious, but I would then head down I-75 to Lexington and play Jacobsen and Veteran's. Ironworks Hills would be my 5th, especially since it's dripping in the Kentucky vibe, but you're starting to spread the courses out a bit if you head to Ironworks. Osage Grove is probably just as far from Idlewild as the Lexington courses, so you're not gaining any sort of travel time savings by making it a "Greater Cincy" trip than a "Kentucky" trip.

IMO Southwest Ohio is worthy of a trip of its own with Airy/Osage along with Sycamore, Germantown, and Belmont up in Dayton. Heck, I think Monroe, Williamsburg, and surely the soon-to-be-18-hole Johnson Hills deserve mention as fun stops.

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Add a few courses to what InnocentCrook posted:

--Ryan's Course in Shelbyville for a monster, championship-level course. (30 mins east of Louisville on I-64.)

--Wendell Moore DGC is 20 mins north east of Louisville and is absolutely picturesque and pretty decently challenging. Pretty open but uses available woods effectively.

I will say I love Jacobsen in Lexington (1 hr east of Louisville). It's a lot like Wendell Moore as described above. Don't forget about some of the absolute must hits down in Bowling Green, 2 hrs south of Louisville, 1 hr north of Nashville.

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I always feel a little weird promoting my own place, but if you do happen to be traveling North/South on the I-71 corridor, you could consider stopping by Hidden Ridge DGC (see my sig). I'm almost perfectly halfway between Louisville and Cincy. This may be heavily dependent on what month of Summer you'll be visiting.

As a mostly one man show (I have 2 others that help regularly but I do the day to day stuff and all the mowing since I live on site.), it's brutal trying to keep up with the vegetation. I just now feel like I'm getting caught up after the summer growth. It was basically "closed" from mid-June through early Sept.

The terrain is most closely aligned with that of Lincoln Ridge. Steep hills, couple creeks and ponds, some open holes, but mostly wooded. Rugged at this point, with natural or carpet teepads, thick rough, but it's secluded as hell and you won't see another soul during the entire round most likely. I've had a few dozen folks out to play it thus far and while I don't have any reviews to back it up, most folks seem to have enjoyed it for what it's worth.

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...Osage Grove is probably just as far from Idlewild as the Lexington courses, so you're not gaining any sort of travel time savings by making it a "Greater Cincy" trip than a "Kentucky" trip.

IMO Southwest Ohio is worthy of a trip of its own with Airy/Osage along with Sycamore, Germantown, and Belmont up in Dayton. Heck, I think Monroe, Williamsburg, and surely the soon-to-be-18-hole Johnson Hills deserve mention as fun stops.
Osage is actually almost a half hour closer to Idlewild than the Lex courses. That said, I would agree that SW Ohio would be worthy of it's own trip if you lump the Dayton area in with Cincy.

Along with what you mentioned, Armco Park, which replaced the course that was pulled at Turtlecreek has been getting some good publicity lately. Though I haven't gotten up that far north to play it yet it is on my radar. Gulley Park would be another worthy option, especially since they added concrete tees last year.

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Osage is actually almost a half hour closer to Idlewild than the Lex courses. That said, I would agree that SW Ohio would be worthy of it's own trip if you lump the Dayton area in with Cincy.
Thanks!! Pretty sure that is going to be the plan, do Kentucky this year and save Ohio for a future trip. Appreciate all the input here and will start to make a trip plan over the winter. Once I have a trip or two planned I will post it here for all to review and let me know how it looks or ways to improve it.

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