Boots Randolph Golf Course
Also known as Lake Barkley “Boots Randolph” Golf Course.
|Gold (W)||72||5718 yards|
|Red (W)||72||5421 yards|
|Blue M: 73.1/123||369||564||444||183||340||517||431||158||381||3387||530||432||416||218||353||508||372||168||407||3404||6791|
|White M: 70.7/121||355||545||427||171||333||509||410||132||369||3251||518||414||403||153||304||497||360||153||395||3197||6448|
|Gold M: 69.2/117 W: 71.2/121||319||478||337||143||290||462||366||125||324||2844||477||381||325||142||298||423||309||98||362||2815||5659|
|Red M: 66.1/111 W: 68.1/115||260||397||326||133||279||452||286||115||282||2530||467||319||281||137||288||413||299||105||352||2661||5191|
Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Kentucky
Played as a single in early November. First one out after a frost delay.
Pace was excellent. This course is very "walker friendly" and I was able to do the loop in under 3 hours.
Early November. Frost delay. Leaves everywhere. Yet the tees, greens and bunkers were all in excellent condition!
The course itself if fairly flat, but the doglegs and bunker placement is well done. The elevated greens keep you guessing.
This course was awesome. I am a below average golfer ( arguably lol) and enjoy going around to courses within 100 miles and just enjoy the different challenges, scenery, and meet people. The staff was very informative and even gave some tips. There was two of us playing but behind a 4some that didn't keep a very good pace, but that's okay. Greens are in great shape along with very well maintained bunkers, rough and fairway. Great course and will come back
In great shape
Love making the drive from Tennessee to play this course. Greens are very true right now. Thanks!
Great but challenging golf course greens are in excellent condition overall conditions were very good would definitely recommend this course
I’ve played this course for many years. It is in the best shape ever!
I recently rediscovered Boots after being away for many years. It is one of the gems of the Kentucky park system. The greens are in awesome shape with the new Bermuda...and they are FAST! First 5 holes are tree lined but it doesn’t get any easier when it opens up. Eighteen may be one of toughest finishing holes around. Good test of golf
Lots of improvements have been great for the course. Greens are excellent
Boots is a Gem
What a treat to play this GEM of KY state parks course. The condition of course is excellent. Fairways, Greens, Rough, and Sandtraps are all great. Greens roll medium. I wish they would cut down more but ok Congrats to the course super! Pace of play excellent! Played in 3.5 hrs no pressure from anyone. Highly recommend to play!
“Hidden Gem” is an understatement!
Wife and I found this challenging and enjoyable course literally in “the middle of nowhere” (Cadiz, Ky) on our way to Ames, Iowa. One of the courses in the Kentucky state park system. Course was in immaculate shape- greens were firm, fast and true (but I didn’t figure them out!) Glad to see they were in the midst of reclaiming natural wet area on the back nine! Pace of play was less than 4 hours - only had to wait once or twice. If you are traveling west (it’s always seemed north to me) on I-24 through Kentucky it is well worth your time to experience this amazing course. And yes, we played Boots Randolph’s “Yakety Sax” on our Bluetooth while we played hole #9!!
What a GEM!
Haven’t played here in 5 years, what a treat!!!
We are putting this one on the rotation.
Good State Park Course
Golfers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky need to look no further than their state park system when looking for challenging and affordable golf opportunities. There are three state parks in the southwestern part of the state that could be packaged together as part of a Kentucky State Parks golf outing. Each of these parks has a bevy of lodging and dining options as well as plenty of things to do for the entire family.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park Golf Course in Cadiz, Kentucky is not a course you will find by accident but once you get there you’ll be glad you made the trip. Located in an area referred to as the Land Between the Lakes, the Lake Barkley Lodge is in a class all its own. Designed by Edward Durell Stone, the lodge is constructed from Western Cedar, Douglas Fir, and over 3 and a half acres of glass. For those wanting more space, there are 13 cottages available.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park is home to an 18-hole championship golf course named after Boots Randolph, the great saxophone legend from Paducah, KY. The Boots Randolph Golf Course was designed by Larry Packard and recently underwent a complete greens renovation, the first course renovation in more than 20 years. The course plays along the valley floor and as a result, it’s relatively flat with no blind shots. Most of the fairways are tree-lined, but not with dense strands of trees. You’ll most likely find your ball but will most likely have to maneuver around a tree. There’s a creek that meanders throughout the property and comes into play on about 9 holes, sometimes more than once. The greens are well bunkered and are the most memorable aspect of the course. They all have a lot of undulation and a considerable amount of slope, many have multiple tiers and all are fast.
Number 18 is one of the most challenging holes on the course; if I were to name it, I’d call it “Twice Across the Creek.” You’ll need to hit across it with your tee shot, which shouldn’t be a problem unless you hit it over 260 yards or push it right. The creek crosses the fairway a second time just inside the 150 marker and the green is slightly elevated and well protected. At 395 yards from Tee 2, it takes two well-struck shots. Par is a good score here.
This is just one of the thirteen golf courses that are part of the Kentucky State Parks. They are all beautiful, well maintained, and staffed by friendly, knowledgeable staff. Most offer overnight accommodations as well as restaurants that serve great food in abundant portions.