UNIVERSITY CLUB BIG BLUE COURSE (859) 381-8585
Kentucky Golf Course Review
The University Club, located 7.5 miles Northwest of Downtown Lexington, offers 36 holes of challenging golf. Both courses were designed by Danny McQueen in 1992 and were re-designed by Arthur Hills in 2001. This is official home of the men's and women's golf teams and will be the host site for all of UK's future tournaments. Although it is a private club, there are some tee times available to the public. Wildcat is open for outside play seven days a week.
The clubhouse features a fully stocked pro shop, locker rooms with showers, a restaurant and bar, and the Hall of Hero's which is filled with University of Kentucky memorabilia. There is also a conference room with space for 50, and banquet facilities with the friendliest service and seating for up to 280 people. The practice facility, which is by consensus is Kentucky's finest, a 60 station driving range with 7 target greens, 3 large putting greens, and a short-game area with sand bunker.
Both courses are well marked on fairways and cart paths from 100, 150, and 200 yards to the middle of the green on all par fours and fives. Sprinkler heads are also marked with yardage to center green. Carts include GPS with accurate measurements to the pin from anywhere on the course. Yardage books for the Big Blue Course with hole-by-hole detailed information and diagrams are available in the pro shop.
Five sets of tee boxes play to yardages and slopes measuring 7013 yards/139 slope, 6505 yards/137 slope, 6059 yards/133 slope, 5596 yards/129 slope, and 4874 yards/ with a slope of 125 from the forward tees. The Big Blue Course plays much longer than the Wildcat with less bunkering and water. Water features and bunkering are however, strategically placed to challenge golfers of any skill level playing from any of the five tee boxes.
There are 46 sculpted white soft sand bunkers in total -10 of the 19 on the front nine are situated on the 326 yard par four 9th. Water comes into play on eight-holes, there are two island greens - the par three 8th and the par four 14th. The par three 12th and par five 16th both feature large ponds directly in front of the green forcing precise iron play on approach shots.
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