Bermuda and bentgrass fairways are becoming as widely known in Kentucky as its famous bluegrass pastures.

If you’re a golfer looking for a unique getaway, look no further than Kentucky, with a wide variety of courses to challenge players of all skill levels from beginners to the top touring pros.

The Bluegrass State boasts more than a dozen luxurious private golf resorts, where visiting players can rent accommodations ranging from a room to a villa within a chip shot from the course.

Kentucky’s acclaimed state park system features 16 golf courses, including eight at resort parks with lodging. These courses are set amid some of the state’s most beautiful scenery, from Pine Mountain State Resort Park in the east to Lake Barkley State Resort Park in the western waterland.

All told, there are nearly 200 courses open to the public throughout the state. On the Kentucky Golf Association’s website, www.kygolf.org, you can peruse a list of all the association’s 200-plus member courses. At www.parks.ky.gov, you’ll find descriptions of each of the Kentucky state park courses.

With about 50 golf communities around the state and another dozen under development, Kentucky is also an increasingly popular place for golfing retirees to settle.

There’s a lot to see and do after your rounds on the course, from touring horse farms to sampling bourbon at famous distilleries. For information on some of the top courses and attractions by region of the state, check out http://www.kentuckytourism.com/!userfiles/media/Kentucky%20Plus%20Info.pdf.

Over the past 15 years, professional golf events have drawn thousands of spectators and international TV coverage to Kentucky, raising the region’s profile as a golf haven. The 2014 PGA Championship will bring the world’s best players to Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville Aug. 4-10. Valhalla also was host to the PGA Championship in 1996 and 2000, the Senior PGA Championship in 2004 and 2011 and the Ryder Cup in 2008.

To be eligible to buy tickets for the 2014 PGA, you must register before Aug. 12, 2013 online at http://ems.pgalinks.com/2014PGAChampReg.cfm?sid=1367.


The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $12.2 billion, supports about 174,000 jobs and generates more than $1.2 billion in taxes.



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