Course Review and Comments
The jewel of the Lexington municipal golf scene, Kearney Hill Links was built on slightly higher ground than the surrounding area. This allows the wind, which is always blowing in central Kentucky, anyway, to really howl at some times. The course itself evokes a type of fusion between American parkland type golf (with rough that can be quite penal around the greenside areas especially and several forced carries or approach shots into elevated greens) and a more European feel(replete with undulating fairways and only a few trees to impede one's progress). The greens have an abundance of slope, yet are fairly simple to read. Watch for the eighth hole, a modified redan with a forced middle iron carry over a mammoth bunker front and right to an elevated green that is wider than it is deep. An ill-placed pot bunker in back of the green catches many balls that are struck with too much enthusiasm, leading to a terrifying bunker shot where the green runs away from you toward the cavernous trap in front. The third hole is a shortish par-5 that can offer a pivotal risk versus reward decision early in the round granted that a player can play a solid tee shot. The second shot to a fairly small green will be struck with a long iron or fairway wood with a long carry over a pond short and right of the green. The prudent play is to aim at the front left bunker and have enough club to carry to it if hit well. All in all this is probably the most comprehensive test of golfing ability offered to the general public in Fayette County.
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