Golf Course Overview: Bright Leaf Golf Resort
Insights From An Insider With Kevin Hendren, Golf Pro
By Brian Weis
Local and traveling golfers love to research courses before playing them, whether it is to gain some local knowledge or to set an expectation before their upcoming round. Below is an interview with Kevin Hendren who shares some valuable insight about the property, its most talked about holes and the signature dish/drink to consume at the 19th hole.
Provide a brief description of the golf course/property, the terrain and best times of the year to play.
The 18 hole course is a par 72 layout playing approximately 6,400 from the back tees.The course is a open layout to ensure a good pace of play with gently rolling terrain with newly sewn Bluegrass fairways.The greens are fairly large with Bent grass.Water comes into play on 5 holes.A links style course,(you play a continuous 18 holes) before coming in.
The 9 hole course is shorter but tighter course, with lots of sloping terrain.Even though it plays around 3,000 yards, water comes into play on 6 of the holes.It is the original 9, which was constructed in 1963.
The best time of year to play would be April-October.
Share with golfers, your most recent awards and golf course improvements.
The most recent improvements have been sewing in new bluegrass fairways and moving #5 on the 9 hole course to a more picturesque and playable hole.
Bright Leaf was named Kentucky Livings best course for 2019.
Any tips on playing and reading the greens?
The greens are gently sloping with little break.
Starting on hole #1, are there any tips to get your round off on the right foot?
The first hole is a par 3.The best advise I would give would be to hit at least a half club to a club more, since it plays uphill.
Also, if the wind is blowing, you are normally hitting into it.
What is your favorite par 5, and how would you recommend playing it?
My favorite par 5 would be #13.You need carry the ball at least 220 yards to carry the water unless you bail out right.It plays approximately 575 yards, so hitting a solid first and second shot are a premium.
What is your favorite par 3, and how would you recommend playing it?
My favorite par 3 would be #10. It plays approximately 200 yards over water with sand on the left.
In your opinion, what is the hardest hole and do you have any tips on playing it?
The hardest hole would be #12.It plays approximately 430 from the back tees with OB all the way on the left.Any draw or pull will result in going OB.
As a golfer plays the final three holes, is there a chance for salvation? (any tips on closing out the round?)
Yes there is.After 16, par 3 over water, you have two finishing par 4's that you can get a birdie on, that both play under 360 yards.
Bright Leaf Golf Resort 1742 Danville Rd Harrodsburg , Ky, 40330 859-265-1588
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