Golf Course Overview: Wasioto Winds
Insights From An Insider With Donnie Caldwell, PGA, Head Golf Professional
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 Donnie Caldwell, PGA who shares some valuable insight about the property, its most talked about holes and the signature dish/drink to consume at the 19th hole.
How Does Your Course Differ From The Others In The Area?
Wasioto Winds is a links-style course surrounded by the mountains of Appalachia. It is a Michael Hurdzan championship design featuring 18 holes with Northridge Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens. Pine Mountain offers a driving range, large practice putting green, and is home of First Tee Pine Mountain for junior golfers. The course was awarded the #1 Feature on Golf Magazine's Most Challenging Courses of August 2002. Even though it can challenge the scratch handicappers, there is a teeing ground and comfortable yardage for all golfers. This course was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the nation's "Best New Affordable Courses".
For someone who has not played the course in awhile, has there been any new changes/renovations to the course or property?
Wasioto Winds operated with bent grass fairways for the first 15 years of play and has transitioned to Bermuda fairways several years ago.
What is your course's answer to Amen Corner? (Describe your best/hardest 3 back/back/back holes)
Locals call holes 5,6,& 7 "amen corner" due to the difficulty of the risk-reward holes. Hole 5 is a Par Five with water on both sides and a cliff protecting the green side approach. Hole 6 is a picturesque Par Three over water facing the "Narrows" of Pine Mountain. Hole 7 is a Par Five featuring an hour-glass approach with water on both sides. Our advice to play Wasioto's "Amen Corner" is to keep it in play with your most accurate club off the tee and pay attention to the sloping green on hole five since there is still more work to be done on the undulating putting surface.
What is your course's claim to fame, or is there a little known fact that golfers should know about the property?
Wasioto Winds Golf Course at Pine Mountain State Park is unique with 5 Par Fives and 5 Par Threes to offer a challenging and fun variety on the ten million dollar destination.
2002 Golf Magazine - Best New Challenges #1 (August 2002)
2008-09 4-Stars Golf Digest "Best Places to Play"
2007 #3 GolfWeek "Best in State"
2002 "Best New Affordable Public Courses"
Ranked #4 Nationally by Golf Digest Magazine
What tournaments/events have you (recently) hosted or will be hosting? Or any recent awards?
Each year Wasioto Winds gets to carry on the tradition of hosting the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Golf Classic. The event was played in 1966 on the original 9 hole Pine Mountain course and has regained life and excitement for the past twenty years on Wasioto Winds. This event attracts some of the state's best amateur golfers seeking the title as Mountain Laurel Champion. It is offered two weekends before Memorial Day each season.
Wasioto Winds has hosted:
Kentucky Public Links Championship
Kentucky Open Qualifier
Kentucky Am Qualifier
Besides golf, what other amenities do you offer if a golfer wants to spend most of the day at your facility?
Championship Driving Range with landing areas, target areas, and Bermuda teeing ground
Practice Putting Green and short-game area
Putt-Putt golf, swimming pool, and dining restaurant at Pine Mountain Lodge
For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
Pine Mountain State Park Lodge with hotel rooms, cottages, and cabins.
What is your signature dish, sandwich or drink at the turn or restaurant?
Kentucky "Hot Brown" or Catfish Platter at Pine Mountain Lodge
"Big Kahuna" deli sandwich: Hawaiian Bread, Roast Beef, Turkey, Black Forest Ham, and Pepper-Jack Cheese - at the golf course is the sandwich of choice at the turn.
Wasioto Winds Golf Course at Pine Mountain
114 Highway 190
Pineville, Kentucky, 40977
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About: 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.
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