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Colonial Country Club



Idle Hour Country Club

Lexington, KY Private

Overview

Perhaps the most exclusive club in Kentucky has found its way onto our ranking of Kentucky’s Best Golf Courses for the first time—thanks to finally obtaining enough ballots to be considered. For those fortunate to receive an invitation, you’ll encounter a Donald Ross gem built in the 1920s—with undulating and typically elevated greens that usually run as some of the fastest in the state. Architect Ron Prichard performed a renovation in recent years to restore a number of bunkers, and over time the routing has been flipped—so the closing stretch on the front nine provide some of the course’s most challenging holes. Walking is encouraged at Idle Hour, with subtle land movement in the fairways, water and well-placed bunkers presenting a stout driving test.

About

Holes 18
Length 7038
Slope 134
Facility Type Private
Designer Donald J. Ross, ASGCA

Awards

Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Best in State: inaugural ranking.
2023-'24 ranking: 3rd.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.4

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
6.8601
Character
6.9874
Challenge
7.0197
Layout Variety
6.778
Fun
6.9682
Aesthetics
6.754
Conditioning
7.0737

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