• TEE TIME: Red White and Blue, Scrambles and more

    Ride by any of the four golf courses in Nelson County on a given weekend and you’re apt to see a charity scramble being contested.

    For many people, that one scramble — or perhaps another later in the season — is the only time of the year they will pick up a club.

    That format is an ideal one for those whose who play rarely. It takes the pressure off of having to play your own ball and spend several frustrating hours on the course, sometimes missing the ball completely on a swing and then perhaps hitting it a few feet on another.

  • TEE TIME: Do you trust your swing on any course?

    “Papa, trust your swing.”

    That’s the note that 10-year old Qass Singh attached to his dad’s golf bag during the 2000 Masters. Of course, papa Vijay heeded his son’s advice and put on a green jacket that week.

    Do you trust your swing?

    Can you take it with you to a new venue and strike the ball as accurately as you do at home?

    How often do you step onto the first tee of a new course and the club feels like an anchor in your hand?

  • TEE TIME: Links courses take players out of comfort zones

    As the U.S. Open enters into its final round today, what’s your opinion of the Chambers Bay venue and the course set-up by Mike Davis?

    Did you tune in and see the brown grass and wonder if it was a goat ranch instead of a locale suited for our national tournament? Or did you see the ball taking funny bounces along the fairway and think it was The Open Championship?

  • Alabama sets the standard for state golf trails

    As Kentucky struggles to shore up the pension plan for teachers and other state employees, Alabama is basking in the success of the Robert Trent Jones trail that solidified and diversified the assets of that state’s teacher’s retirement system.

    There are 468 holes at 11 sites that draw golfers from throughout the country. Designed by famed architect Robert Trent Jones, the courses are in various parts of the state but accessible by easy drives.

  • TEE TIME: Some public courses only a short drive from here offer great golf at a great price

    I often chuckle when Golf Digest releases its list of the Top 100 Golf Courses in America that you can play.

    The fine print should read, “If you want to deplete your life savings doing so.”

    Most of us cannot or will not fork over the hundreds of dollars to play those venues, especially when you tack on the cost of travel.

  • TEE TIME: Kentucky is home to some great golf courses

    Kentucky has some outstanding golf courses, and I’ve been fortunate over the years to have played some of the top courses in the Bluegrass State.

    Over the next few weeks, I’m going to give thoughts of some of the best ones.

  • TEE TIME: Golf is good for women; women are good for golf

    Our coverage of last week’s Bourbon Open featured several stories on the role of women in forging the success of the tournament, as well as their participation in the past two decades.

    From the fashion shows to making sandwiches for the golfers to posting scores, women of Old Kentucky Home Country Club have paid their dues.

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Faulkner claims third title

    It was like a stroll in the park with your best friends.

    That pretty much sums up Brad Faulkner’s round on Saturday when he shot a 5-under par 66 to claim his third Bourbon Open title.

    Playing in the first group of the day with long-time friends Richie Berry, Tee Hayden and Doug Story, Faulkner hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation but three-putted three times.

    As was the case with most of the field that competed on Saturday, Faulkner not only had to battle the course but the elements as well.

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Social events show off Southern hospitality



    Special To The Standard

    The 70th annual Bourbon Open tournament began this week, and after a full day of golf, Friday night was packed with social events.

    From bourbon tasting to karaoke and dancing to daily prizes for the golfers, there was a wide array of activities to be enjoyed. Many participants were highly enthusiastic concerning the festivities provided throughout the evening. Despite the high temperatures and humidity, there was a sizeable crowd in attendance.

  • THE 70th BOURBON OPEN: Ladies make their mark at Bourbon Open

    For nearly the first 50 years of the Bourbon Open, it was a man’s world.

    With a full field on a yearly basis and the number of spots available restricted by the nine-hole golf course at My Old Kentucky Home, the female golfers were relegated to being behind the scenes, providing assistance with the scoring, helping with the social activities, and taking a lead role in the production of the Bourbon Open program.