• TEE TIME: The Bourbon Open changes minds

    We were like touring pros.

    For a 15-20 year stretch in the 1970s through the 1990s, Skeeter Leake and I travelled the area playing in golf tournaments.

    It was to Columbia on Memorial Day weekend. Then it was Campbellsville for their July 4 tournament, followed in successive weeks by trips to Greensburg and Liberty.

    Of course, we played (or ran) the Lebanon Invitational Tournament on Labor Day weekend and finished the year a week or two later by going to play at the old L&N course.

  • THE 72nd BOURBON OPEN: Business community embraces The Open

    The Bourbon Open was established 72 years ago to highlight the distilling industry in Nelson County.

    Through the years, it’s also been an opportunity for vendors and suppliers and manufacturers to get away from the stressful work environment and establish relationships in the relaxed atmosphere of My Old Kentucky Home Golf Course.

    Of course, when bottles of some of Nelson County’s finest bourbons are included in the gift bag that a golfer receives before hitting the first shot of the day, things could become very relaxing.

  • TEE TIME: Controlling the slice

    The dreaded slice.

    A caddy slice.

    It’s the ball that starts off flying towards the left rough and curves all the way to the far right rough.

    Most beginning golfers fight a slice and struggle to conquer it.

    And, yes, I fought it for years before I was able to hit what my playing friend Joe Lenahan called a “cutty thumb cut.” For several years, I could line up to hit my drive that would fly down the left side of the fairway and move just a bit to the right and land in the middle of the fairway.

  • 6th Annual Flaget golf tourney registering teams

    The Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, will host its sixth annual golf tournament on Friday, June 2, at Bardstown Country Club at Maywood.

    Both foursome and individual registrations are now available. Each participant will receive lunch, beverages, green fees, cart and participation in the awards cocktail reception. A silent auction will also be open for bidding prior to the reception.

  • Bourbon Open returns to Friday start

    Lots of golf.

    Lots of parties.

    Lots of entertainment.

    And, of course, lots of bourbon.

    That’s what is in store for local residents as My Old Kentucky Home Country Club hosts the 72nd playing of the Bourbon Open Golf Tournament at the state park course.

    And it’s just what Charley Despain of Heaven Hill had in mind when he came up with the idea for a tournament.

  • TEE TIME: All courses don’t need to be bears

    Harold Filiatreau may have been ahead of his time.

    Or when he designed Cedar-Fil Golf Course 50 years ago, he had the ingredients for a golf course that attracted golfers to his facility that has been tossed to the wayside by today’s architects in a way that has hurt the game.

    Surveys indicate that golf is losing players because the game takes too long to play and can be too expensive.

    In many instances, it’s just not fun.

  • TEE TIME: Try this fun survey

    Golf.com recently surveyed more than 1,000 golfers late last year on various topics about the game.

    The respondents represented low and high handicappers, men and women, and members of private clubs and greens fee players.

    I found some of the answers to be quite interesting.

    Take a look at some of the topics and see how you would answer. I am listing mine for the world to see.

    • Would you like to play more golf than you do?

    Yes — 61.9 percent

    No — 38.1 percent

  • TEE TIME: Leave the course better than you found it

    I’m really looking forward to playing golf this Friday.

    It’s not that I’m going to be playing a very exclusive course, but rather, I will be joining some childhood friends and cousins for a casual round of golf at Maywood.

    As you would expect, most of them are more accomplished players than me.

    Stephen George, the former St. Joe and St. Xavier player, is the youngest player to ever win the Lebanon Invitational Tournament, defeating Bubba Clements in the finals at the tender age of 16.

  • GOLF: Cedar-Fil marks 50 years

    Cedar-Fil Golf Course could be described as Nelson County’s blue-collar facility for area golfers.

    When you pull into the entrance on KY 245, the site of an extravagant clubhouse will not bedazzle you. Instead, there is a modest building that more than serves its purpose.

    As you check in and pay your bargain-priced greens fee, you don’t have to inquire about your tee time because they are not required.

  • TEE TIME: Stretching, exercising can help buffer effects of aging

    It’s hell to get old, but as they say, it sure beats the alternative.

    I just turned 63, but in the past six months, I’ve discovered more aches and pains than ever before.

    And to make matters worse, it has started to affect my golf game, and that can’t be good.

    I first noticed it during my first few rounds of the year on the nine-hole course at the Lebanon Country Club.