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Getting To Know: Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park

An Insightful Interview With Bruce Bottom, PGA Professional

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Bruce Bottom who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Course opened in 2003. Course Architect: Brian Ault of Ault, Clark & Associates. 5 sets of tees allows the course to play between 5,000 and 7,000 yards. Large, undulating bent grass greens. Zoysia fairways. Many elevation changes. A very demanding test. Excellent practice facilities. Numerous golf publications consistently rank Dale Hollow as one of the top 10 courses in Kentucky.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
One of the top 10 courses in Kentucky and one of the most scenic in the country. Also, course is kept in excellent condition.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Select tee markers commensurate with your ability. Choose wisely. The first two holes are warm up holes, but after that, the game is on. It is also very helpful to hit your tee shots accurately (probably true for most courses). Approaching the green complexes: staying short is way better than missing to the sides or long. On the putting greens: the ball generally does not break as much as you would think.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
2013 Golf Digest Magazine State Rankings:

Dale Hollow was ranked as the 7th best course in Kentucky.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Hole #15, Par 3, yardage between 119 and 194. From the 3 longest tees, tee shot must carry over a ravine to a green that is fronted by a rock ledge. Accurate distance is a must. Long or short is adios.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
Hole # 14, Par 5, yardage between 429 and 528. A classic risk reward par 5. It may be played as a traditional 3 shot hole by playing safely away from the pond that runs along the right side of the hole. You can cut off a lot of yardage by going over the pond with your tee shot. Careful though, the fairway gets narrower the further you go. The reward is an open, slightly uphill second shot to an easily reachable green.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The buffet at the State Park Lodge Island View Restaurant is a can't miss.

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
The competitive course record is 66. Shot by Pierre Carlsson of the University of the Cumberlands in the second round of the 2010 Lindsey Wilson College Fall Invitational. This round was played from the #1 tee markers (7023 yards) in very wet conditions. It was a stunner.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 7023
Slope: 136
Rating: 72.9

More Information
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park
5970 State Park Rd. Burkesville, KY, 42717

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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