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The Course

Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club

Welcome to Champion Trace

The Champions course at Keene Trace Golf Club was designed by world renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills and built in 1987 by Tom Heilbron, a former president and current member. Although Arthur Hills has left his mark on many areas throughout the country, he put a special touch on Champion Trace in the late 1980s. Since its inception, Champions has been rated as one of the best courses in the state of Kentucky and will be the home of the PGA TOUR Barbasol Championship through 2023.

Hole Guide

Discover the world-renowned Champion Trace up close and personal.

Directions

Getting there from all directions.

Hole Guide

1

Pandora's Box

Not much trouble on this dogleg right. Bunker left shouldn’t come into play. Long hitters can go with 3-wood off the tee. Green slopes back right to front left.

Par 4 - 392 Yards
2

Triple Tears

Multiple tees present different angles to a shallow, tiered green. Deep collection area to left. Important to be on proper tier to avoid a nasty putt.

Par 2 - 187 Yards
3

Hard Par

Demanding hole, with fairway sloping right to left. Long tee ball needed to get to downslope. From there it’s an uphill, 140 to 150 approach. Tight lies from collection areas. Green tilts back right to front left.

Par 4 - 462 Yards
4

Skeleton Springs

Bunkers to right, thick rough left make this a must-hit fairway because there’s water in front of a shallow, sloping green.

Par 4 - 461 Yards
5

Great Crossings

Terrific risk-reward hole. Long hitters can get a downhill roll to where it’s a mid- or short-iron second shot. Even those who lay up face tough approach to shallow green guarded by creek in front and bunker back left.

Par 5 - 543 Yards
6

Boomerang

Conservative tee shot to wide part of fairway leaves about 160 yards in. Aggressive tee shot carries fairway bunker, leaving about 100 yards in. Green sloping back right to front.

Par 4 - 423 Yards
7

Ambush

Straight-ahead, slight uphill hole lengthened by new tee to left of 15th green. Need to avoid small pot bunker right center of fairway. Very scoreable for long hitters.

Par 4 - 451 Yards
8

Water's Edge

Water on left running length of the hole, mounds on right but not penal. Those trying to get home in two can bail out right, although three bunkers come into play. Fairly small green also guarded by bunkers, with water to the left.

Par 5 - 567 Yards
9

The Brink

Tee shot over water to relatively big green, but could be dicey if wind is blowing and pin is in front. Entertaining hole in tournament play.

Par 3 - 205 Yards
10

Glacial Rifts

Straight-ahead hole, but since you can’t see the fairway from the tee, be aware of left fairway bunker. Right rough isn’t bad but could yield sketchy lies. Green has some pronounced sloping, so best to stay below the hole.

Par 4 - 443 Yards
11

Winding Way

Off the tee, an uphill, slight dogleg left. Preferable drive gets you a flat lie for second shot. Long hitters can get home in 2. Better to be short than long because green has severe pitch from back to front.

Par 5 - 573 Yards
12

Player's Choice

Gear back off the tee (3-wood?) to keep the ball from going through the fairway. Drive about 250 yards leaves about 160 to a tiered green. Front hole location especially testy. (New tee box could give longer hitters option of trying to drive the green.)

Par 4 - 408 Yards
13

Homeward Bound

Longer hitters can take left bunker out of play. Aggressive tee ball down right center can find downslope and make for shorter approach, but it’s still an uphill second. Greenside bunker could be trouble depending on pin position.

Par 4 - 458 Yards
14

Blackberry Hill

Tee shot over a valley to a shallow green with deep bunker guarding front. Hit the middle of the green, get par and move on.

Par 3 - 209 Yards
15

Hidden Treasure

Relatively short but quirky hole, and very scoreable, especially out of the fairway. Approach can be awkward to a shallow, sloping green hidden by bunker and mounding. Don’t go long or could be OB.

Par 5 - 516 Yards
16

Bullseye

Another good par 3, this one downhill. Important to hit the right club, with deep bunker right and wind possibly a factor. Middle of the green always good.

Par 3 - 191 Yards
17

Picture Perfect

Beautiful hole. Split fairway, but much better to play from upper left. Driver not required for longer hitters. If tee shot gets hung up between fairways, awkward lie awaits. Back-to-front sloping green green guarded by water and bunkers.

Par 4 - 410 Yards
18

Waterloo

Tough hole from start to finish. Need to avoid bunkers guarding left side of fairway, but don’t block your tee shot — water borders right side. Small green requires accurate approach. Front pin position especially testy. Par is a really good score.

Par 4 - 429 Yards

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Directions

CHAMPIONS AT KEENE TRACE GOLF CLUB 20 Avenue of Champions Nicholasville, KY 40356

From the Blue Grass Airport

Turn right onto Man-O-War Blvd and continue to Harrodsburg Road. Take a right turn onto Harrodsburg Road and continue until Military Pike. Take a right turn onto Military Pike go left when the road forks to continue on Keene Road. Continue on Keene Road until you reach a three way stop. Go straight onto Delaney Ferry and continue until the Champions entrance on left.

From Downtown Lexington

Take Harrodsburg Road and continue until Military Pike. Take a right turn onto Military Pike and go left when the road forks to continue on Keene Road. Continue on Keene Road until you reach a three way stop. Go straight onto Delaney Ferry and continue until the Champions entrance on left.

From Louisville

Take I-64 East towards Lexington. Take Exit 115 towards Newtown Pike. Merge right onto KY 4 (New Circle Road) Take a right turn onto Harrodsburg Road and continue until Military Pike. Take a right turn onto Military Pike and go left when the road forks to continue on Keene Road. Continue on Keene Road until you reach a three way stop. Go straight onto Delaney Ferry and continue until the Champions entrance on left.

From Cincinatti

Take I-75 South towards Lexington. Take Exit 115 towards Newtown Pike. Merge right onto KY 4 (New Circle Road) Take a right turn onto Harrodsburg Road and continue until Military Pike. Take a right turn onto Military Pike and go left when the road forks to continue on Keene Road. Continue on Keene Road until you reach a three way stop. Go straight onto Delaney Ferry and continue until the Champions entrance on left.

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Barbasol Championship

Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club
20 Avenue of Champions
Nicholasville, KY 40356
USA