It’s no secret that Kentucky is a prime golfing spot, with more than 300 pristine courses laid out across the state’s rolling hills. The Bluegrass State is also known for its year-round golfing season, with perfect weather conditions most of the time. If you’re heading to this state soon, you’ll need a list of golf resorts to check out to ensure that you don’t miss out on the best.
1. Perry Park Golf Resort
Perry Park is a golf resort that you can find in the most natural and tranquil surroundings close to Louisville and Northern Kentucky. The resort features 27 holes of championship golf, with three nine-hole loops known as Antlers, Whitetail, and Buckskin. Each of these holes has 5 sets of tees suited for players of each skill level, ranging from 4,000 to over 7,200 yards.
The resort’s accommodation options include hotels, private homes, and bed & breakfast establishments. They also offer stay-and-play packages at these accommodations, which include access to the pool and restaurant, complimentary club storage, and discount on items in the pro shop and range balls. Furthermore, you can find a driving range and a playground for the kids at Perry Park Golf Resort.
2. Peninsula Golf Resort
The Peninsula Golf Resort in Kentucky is home to the PGR course, which is an 18-hole championship course designed and built by the one-and-only, Pete Dye. The course features Bermuda/Bluegrass fairways and bent grass greens laid out over 200 acres of rolling terrain. Not to mention the 40 bunkers, collection areas, and very challenging championship tees.
The resort, south of Lexington, has 24 villas on-site, which can be booked with stay-and-play packages. These villas are fully furnished and 1,300 square feet of pure luxury and comfort. The typical package includes accommodation, unlimited golf on the PGR course, and daily breakfast.
3. Dale Hollow Lake State Park Resort
Dale Hollow is one of Kentucky’s most popular state park resorts, spread across 3,400 acres of rolling hills and natural landscapes. The resort is home to the Dale Hollow Lake State Park Resort Golf Course, an 18-hole course with a fully equipped pro shop and driving range. There are 60 guest rooms, 24 campsites, and a few cabins, so you can choose the accommodation that suits your needs.
The resort also features a restaurant with an immaculate view of the lake, multiple biking trails, a marina with 200 slips, 620 miles of shoreline to fish from, and 15 miles of hiking trails.
Furthermore, there’s a cave that can be explored by taking a wild cave tour and birding trails with ample opportunity to spot some rare species. You can also relax with some horseback riding or test your skills on the miniature golf course. Don’t forget that the resort is completely family-friendly and they have a pool and playground for the little ones.
Dale Hollow is also on our list of the best golf courses in Kentucky. Check the list out if resort is not a must for you.
4. Woodson Bend Resort
You’ll find Woodson Bend in the midst of Lake Cumberland, on a peninsula that spreads across 455 acres. The accommodations include 480 condos on the resort that can be rented from private owners. The resort is home to a swimming pool and playground for the children, but what is a golf resort without an 18-hole championship golf course?
Woodson Bend’s course was designed by Dave Bennett and Lee Trevino and it is almost completely shaded by the peninsula’s trees. Along with the pool and golf course, you’ll also find a driving range and many other courts to channel your inner sports star. They have a volleyball court, basketball court, 5 tennis courts, and 6 pickleball courts.
5. Pine Mountain State Resort Park
Pine Mountain Resort is the state of Kentucky’s first-ever state park and the 30 luxury rooms with mountain views have a AAA 3 – Diamond rating. They also have 21 cottages that can be booked and get this; the resort is pet friendly! The restaurant features a gorgeous view of the mountains and a mountaintop tavern.
For the birdwatchers, the resort is home to many species that you won’t find elsewhere in Kentucky, and the hikers will certainly enjoy the 12 miles of self-guided trails.
However, we’re here for golf, which brings us to the championship 18-hole course, Wasioto Winds. The links-style course has a practice range and indoor training center. If you’re looking for something lighter, they have a 9-hole miniature golf course for the entire family.
Pine Mountain also has an outdoor theater that can be rented for events, a sparkling pool, and various picnic areas.
6. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
This golf resort is home to the par-72, 6,704-yard course known as the ‘granddaddy’ of all Kentucky State Park golf courses. They have a pool that is exclusive to overnight guests and a lakeside restaurant with a glorious view, but if this isn’t enough, they also have fishing boats, ski boats, and pontoon boats that can be rented.
Accommodations are in the form of 72 lodge rooms with private patios and balconies or traditional campsites. Or, if camping is out-of-season, you could stay in one of the 61 cottages on-site.
7. Bright Leaf Golf Resort
Bright Leaf has been a family-owned and operated golf resort since 1963 when its doors first opened. The name comes from the tobacco farm that operated on the grounds before the development of the resort. Bright Leaf Golf Resort has golfing opportunities for all needs and skill levels, with an 18-hole championship course, 9-hole regulation course, and lighted 9-hole par 3 course open for play.
Lodging is in the form of hotel rooms and villa suites and the resort features a sparkling outdoor pool and restaurant.
8. Falls of Rough Resort
At the Falls of Rough Resort is where you’ll find the famous Lafayette Golf Course, which is an 18-hole par 72 course that takes up 250 acres of ground space. The course is in a links and wooded style and the fairways are covered in lush Bermuda Grass, while the greens are made of bent grass. The resort has a mansion on-site where you can stay in a luxurious suite or you could rent a cabin for a more private experience.
9. Barren River Lake State Resort Park
Barren River is home to the Louie B. Nunn Lodge, where you can stay in a luxurious lodge room that has a view of the 10,000-acre lake. Other options include two-bedroom cabins, villas with gas fireplaces, and your choice of one of the 101 campsites.
After golf at the 18-hole golf course, you could head out to dinner at the lakeside restaurant or have a drink at the pub. If this isn’t your scene, you could stay active by playing a round of basketball on the court or challenge your friends to a shuffleboard game.
10. Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
This resort recently underwent a $30-million renovation, which should give you a good idea of what you can expect. We’ll get to the accommodations and amenities, but first; the golf course.
Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is home to a Rees Jones-designed championship golf course with no less than 18 holes and 6,784 yards of play. The accommodation options include rooms and suites or luxurious fully-equipped cabanas.
They have a pool complex with indoor and outdoor pools, a 24-hour fitness center, a sensual spa that offers all the good treatments, a Bourbon Machine, and a tasting loft. You’ll find all of these amenities at the resort, which means that you could spend days here without having to leave the property.
11. Thousand Trails Diamond Caverns RV & Golf Resort
Diamond Caverns RV & Golf Resort is at the Gateway to Mammoth Cave National Park, where it spreads across 743 acres of natural landscapes. The resort is home to an 18-hole golf course that is suited for the entire family and various trails for walking, hiking, and even biking.
There’s also a pool, activity center, children’s playground, volleyball court, and miniature golf course to keep everyone entertained. Plus, there are many fun activities like bingo and card games that take place in the activity center.
There are a total of 70 different RV sites to choose from and various water and electricity sites. If you don’t have an RV and you prefer camping in the traditional way, they have tent camping sites available. Then again, if both these options don’t sound attractive to you, you could always stay in a comfortable condo at the Gateway to Mammoth Cave.
12. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Pennyrile Forest has a stone lodge with 24 beautiful rooms and 13 cottages on the lake, so you can choose your own accommodations for your next holiday or trip. They also have a campground that is open from March to November and an equestrian campground that can be booked by contacting reception.
The resort is family and pet friendly, which means you can bring your furry friends along. They also have a restaurant and meeting rooms on the property to host your next family or business event.
If you’re just visiting the resort to relax, you can spend the day on the basketball or tennis court or go bird-watching with fellow enthusiasts. The restaurant also has multiple bird feeders, so you can sit back and watch the birds while having a meal.
For something more adventurous, you can rent pedal boats, kayaks, canoes, and row boats or stand on the docks to try your luck at fishing in the lake. Then, there’s an 18-hole golf course and an 18-hole miniature golf course to put your skills to the test
Have a look at the resort’s official website.
The best way to enjoy all that these resorts have to offer is by booking a stay-and-play package for the ultimate golfing experience. Luckily for you, we already compiled a list with the best-of-the-best, so you don’t have to check whether each resort offers a package like this. Here’s a look at the best stay-and-play golf packages in Kentucky.
Before we close this, another tip: if you come with family, check out mini golf courses around the area for a fun family activity.