Best of 2016: Top 20 golf courses in Kentucky

We're on the hunt for great greens in the bluegrass state. Golfers played courses throughout Kentucky in 2016, and we compiled the top-rated. Kentucky's golf scene is most well known for Valhalla, the private club owned by the PGA of America that hosts the Ryder Cup and PGA Championship.

The rest of the state's golf courses, meanwhile, caters to highly affordable public courses. In the top 20 below, you'll see just how many top courses are state park facilities, too. A couple university-affiliated courses, as well as golf resorts made the ranking.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Kentucky in 2016

Course layout: Heritage Hill
Course conditions: General Burnside State Park
Value: Lincoln Homestead State Park Golf Course
Off-course amenities: Connemara Golf Course
Pace of play: Deer Lakes Golf Course
Staff friendliness: General Burnside State Park

Top 20 golf courses in Kentucky in 2016




Calvert City








Olive Hill








No. 44 in the U.S. in 2016

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.

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