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Getting To Know: Houston Oaks Golf Course

An Insightful Interview With Whitney Miller, Operations Manager

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 Whitney Miller 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
Houston Oaks Golf Course is centered in the heart of horse country. Located on over 200 acres of beautiful farm land, the course was built in 1996 by Jack Ridge and has been family owned since. It's design is links style with an emphasis on unique qualities. From driving through a horse barn to over 9 holes qualifying as signature holes, you will not run out of fun opportunities to score well. The 18-hole golf facility prides itself on customer service, quality golf and a unique Kentucky experience.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
Our course is unique for the Kentucky scenery and outstanding customer service. We are proud of our Kentucky history and try to share it with our golfers as much as possible. We are ranked highly, priced affordably and love the game we share with so many travelers. Some of the same golfing groups have been visiting us from Canada, Michigan and Florida for years!

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
We are a bent grass golf course that is straight forward from the tee box. We have Uplink GPS monitors on every golf cart, which provides golfers with accurate yardages to the pin on every hole. We suggest every golfer spend a few minutes on our practice green prior to playing because our greens tend to roll a little quicker than average for our area.

Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
The golf course opened being ranked a top 10 Kentucky course in Golf Digest. It has maintained that quality and golfer experience for nearly 20 years now. As technology develops in the golf world making online tee-times and rankings popular, the course has stayed up to date. It is the highest ranked golf course on GolfNow.com for the Central Kentucky area making it a popular and worthwhile destination.

What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Houston Oaks' signature hole is saved for the back 9! Number 14 will provide every golfer the challenge and scenery they crave. You must carry Houston Creek from the tee box and are challenged by fairway bunkers and beautiful oak trees in the target landing area. The green is set a little off center forcing the golfer to be strategic in their approach placement. The walk down to the green is lined with gorgeous flower beds giving every golfer a breath of fresh air to finish the hole. Following number 14 is a drive through our restored horse barn, which always leaves golfers talking.

What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
My personal favorite hole is number 1. It's a friendly, yet challenging, par 5 that starts everyone's round at our course. It gives a great impression, photographs beautifully and is always the start to every golfer's experience at Houston Oaks. Tips: favor left center on the drive, and then right center on both approach shots as the fairway kicks left on your first bounce. When you get on the green take the time to read your putt. We keep them rolling quick and true.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
It might be cliche but our homemade chicken salad is simple yet fantastic! If we have our 12 hour smoked BBQ, it is a no brainer. We sell out quick on BBQ days so order early! If you want a signature drink, we start early with bloody marys. Thirsty?

Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Our course record is 64. You beat it and drinks on us!

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6898
Slope: 137
Rating: 73.8

More Information
Houston Oaks Golf Course
555 Houston Oaks Dr.
Paris, Kentucky, 40361
859-987-5600
www.houstonoaksgc.com


 

Revised: 10/28/2015 - Article Viewed 19,550 Times - View Golf Course Profile


Written By: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, 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 GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. 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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