The Willow at Golf Courses at Kenton County, The
|Black (W)||72||6734 yards||78.7||145|
|Gold (W)||72||6371 yards||76.8||141|
|Grey (W)||72||5749 yards||71.9||131|
|White (W)||71||5131 yards||68.5||124|
|Blue M: 72.7/131||392||154||304||398||192||506||389||402||527||3264||438||182||568||438||390||393||419||145||557||3530||6794|
|White M: 71.0/127||366||131||295||377||179||497||357||366||513||3081||429||172||561||418||374||378||410||136||546||3424||6505|
|Yellow M: 68.2/122 W: 73.7/129||331||128||271||344||164||485||340||329||510||2902||405||152||510||394||185||360||371||126||477||2980||5882|
|Red W: 68.0/117||254||125||239||339||140||442||276||320||433||2568||300||130||472||320||185||138||324||119||447||2435||5003|
Used to play this all the time 5-10 years ago while in college and after before moving out of town. First time playing since moving back and the course was in decent shape but cart paths have gotten worse causing some parts of course to get tore up. Price of a round also went up but not to match any upgrades made. Would play it on a hot deal but not $50 for a round.
The atmosphere at this course was great. Went on an evening when they had live music. The actual course was a little rougher than some others courses I've played at. I would only recommend if you got a good price.
Holes on greens were located for tour pros , behind bunkers, on slopes etc. caused slow play & frustration for less skilled players.
Great course. Lots of hills.
The greens are fantastic. The tee boxes were in excellent condition. The staff was very friendly. Good prices on food and beverages.
best condition in 20 years
Played on Thursday (6/17/21) at 1:20pm
Entire course was in excellent condition!
Greens were firm and fast
Bunkers were full of sand and well groomed
Fairways, rough, and tee boxes were in great shape
The ONLY recommendation is to have a beverage cart. On the LONG back nine of Willows, we were thirsty
Love/Hate relationship with the Willows
It's a toxic relationship that I keep coming back to because I love the challenge. As far as public courses in the tri-state are concerned this is one of the better courses in the area. On a Wednesday the pace was great. Greens are fast, fairways are in great shape, tee boxes are cut, the rough is fair. The front nine is easier than the back. You can walk the front and play well. The back is as tough and challenging as any course can be. It's also hard to walk unless you're in great shape. I've worked as an assistant pro at several higher end well-known courses on the east coast and the back at willows is as challenging as any of those. But for course conditions I (expletive) love this course. In traditional form for the rolling hills courses in the tri-state you must be below the hole.
One suggestion, It's summertime, gotta get a beverage cart out there starting in the morning on the regular. It's too hot, especially on the back, to not have drinks available. Some of the people playing look like they're one foot in the casket one foot on the banana peel old.
The course is headed in the right direction. Cart paths still need some work. Looks like they removed quite a few trees that opens things up. Rough was very penal and you really had to hack it out. Greens were in really good shape.
Overall experience was good, but riding in a cart was rough. The cart paths are in dire need of repair. Knowing this is expensive to do, it would make a great improvement. Some of the rough around the greens seemed very thick and hard to play.
Course in great shape
The course was in really good shape. They have taken down a lot of necessary trees. The fairways and greens were also in great shape. Cart paths need some love but I’m sure it’s on the list.
Willows is hillier than most courses, so there aren’t a lot of flat lies. But the course is in good shape, especially the greens. They were perfectly smooth, and faster than average. It’s obvious they’ve put a lot of effort into the course. I will definitely be back.
Beautiful Day for Golf
The course was in great shape. Greens were really nice. Good day