Hickory Sticks Golf Club

3.9407000000 3.9 stars from 5 (118)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6148 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 69.1
  • Layout

  • 3812 Painter Road, California, Kentucky 41007
  • (859) 635-4653
  • www.hickorysticks.com
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Year built: 1998
Type: Public
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6148 yards 69.1 131
Gold 71 5770 yards 67.4 127
Blue 71 5332 yards 65.3 123
White 71 4634 yards 62.8 117

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.9 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 118 Reviews
5 stars:
38
4 stars:
52
3 stars:
17
2 stars:
5
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

102 out of 116 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for locals wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks  

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"Great layout"


Michael7595966's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wow, why can't this layout be duplicated in a premium course closer to the city. Maybe one of my favorite layouts, lots of risk reward and driveable par fours. I would play again even though grass quality is just not there. Sometimes hard to tell fairway apart from rough. Beautiful views and lots of elevated tee boxes.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



rodcobb's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A true hidden gem in my opinion."


Fladawg79's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

It was tricky getting to the course but once there it was one of the best courses I have played in years. Course conditions were wet in the morning but seemed to dry out very quickly by mid morning. Never had to wait more than 1 or 2 minutes to tee off. The course had many challenging holes, but not to hard to keep me from coming back. Great day for golf and great course to play!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u009227212's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



BruiserIrons's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Hickory Sticks Golf Club on 05/03/2017:

Thank you! Hope to see you again soon.


jerrytie's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

The course is in excellent condition, for all the rainy weather we have been having. Repairs to cart paths are being done at this time. Bunker repairs are looking real good.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tough if beginner"


u5275963's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved the course. The change in elevation was a great experience/challenge. Not an ideal course for your 3rd round of the season but definitely want to come back at the end of the season and give it another go. Very windy throughout the course/day but still an enjoyable afternoon.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fun course. Great view"


u000006151170's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What I like about this course is that it has some hills but not many blind spots so you can usually find your ball fairly easily. Most of the greens were in bad shape with some a lot worse than others. Same could be said about tee box but not as bad and more expected than the shape of the greens. Looks like they are working on adding fresh sand to the traps. I had the pleasure of hitting into one with fresh sand and was pleased with the sand. A few holes have trouble with still water if you go off the fairway so be warned if you go a day or two after a rain storm. Over all, even though I just complained a lot about the course, it was beautiful and a fun course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Guy4513370's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Some fairways are in rough condition but ground crews were out doing maintenance. I expect the course to be much improved as Spring weather improves.

Not a very long course but a very challenging layout.

Excellent value


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Decent layout, late year conditions"


Charlie513's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course is pretty torn up. Tee boxes were in rough shape and not cut. It was difficult to distinguish fairway from rough on most holes,. They ran together. Most greens were in decent shape for this time of year. Staff was friendly. Would come back earlier in the year but never again this late.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Response from Hickory Sticks Golf Club on 11/03/2016:

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your experience was not up to par. Course conditions are always changing and we hope to have another chance at exceeding your expectations. Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials! https://www.facebook.com/Hickory-Sticks-Golf-Club-301597003393/

"Hickory sticks"


Larry5769413's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on

What a big disappointment unfortunately these rinky-dink golf courses around here do not keep their courses up Teebox is chewed up nothing but crabgrass crabgrass fairways just a joke I don't know why they can't keep their golf Courses in better shape very disappointed. I wouldn't let my cattle graze out there


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Hickory Sticks Golf Club on 11/01/2016:

Hi Larry,

Thank you for your feedback. We apologize that our course conditions were not up to par. Our team is working hard to make the necessary improvements and we hope to see you out here again in the near future. Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials! https://www.facebook.com/Hickory-Sticks-Golf-Club-301597003393/

"A very enjoyable round"


ltyree's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is a very scenic course with a nice layout. It was definitely one if my more enjoyable rounds this year!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/22/2016

Hi Ityree,

Thank you for leaving a review of our course. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your round. We look forward to having you back soon!


"Crabgrass Golf"


psteltenkamp's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

I played Hickory Sticks 3 years ago & the course was in good condition. Last year, conditions deteriorated and there was a huge amount of crabgrass. I thought I'd give it one more shot this year and it was again, awful. There was more crabgrass than regular grass. There were many times you would hit a good shot and the ball would hit a clump of crabgrass and shoot out to the right or left instead of continuing straight. Will never play this course again. GolfNow, very disappointed that you would continue to offer this course based on it's extremely bad conditions. I definitely wasted my money. BUYER BEWARE!!


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 10/11/2016

Hi psteltenkamp,

Thank you for your feedback. We are always looking to improve in order to make the best experience for our golfers. We apologize that the course conditions were not up to par but our team is working very hard to improve them. We hope to see you again soon!


"Good course for the money"


lastz's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2016
Previously played Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played 18 holes. Course was in Good condition considering the heat & rain issues we've had. Got electric carts ++++, friendly staff and beer.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 10/11/2016

Hi lastz,

Thank you for your review. We look forward to you playing out here again sometime soon!


"Nice"


u927358414's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/08/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Due to the weather this year fairways was not the best, greens were very nice. I use to golf here 20 years ago, I think they expanded the yardage because it seems like my ball just doesn't go as far (LOL) but I liked it then and I like it know . Very nice setup you got to try it ‼️


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Commented on 09/12/2016

Thank you for returning after 20 years! We are happy to hear that you still enjoy the course and we hope to see you again soon!


"Good practice"


jerry102c's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Some challenging layouts. Greens rough. Very narrow access road to course. Tee boxes in poor shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/30/2016

Hi Jerry102c,

Thank you for choosing Hickory Sticks. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the challenge of the course. We hope to have you back again for another practice round!


"Needs a lot of work"


Ken4223154's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A lot of fairways were burned or diseased Greens the same. Bunkers not maintained. Crab grass heaven. Still one of the most scenic courses around.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/30/2016

Hi Ken4223154,

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a good experience. Please email us at LaylaTeeTimes@yahoo.com if you would like to further discuss your round. We hope to hear from you soon.


"Conditions could have been better"


kyelm's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lots of elevation change. Tough if you don't play this course regularly.

Course could have been in better condition. It was hard to tell what was fairway sometimes. Recent wet weather my have put them behind in maintenance.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/30/2016

Hi Kyelm,

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that your experience was not up to par. Course conditions are always changing and we hope to have another chance at exceeding your expectations.


"Hickory sticks"


ktel8080's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very nice course, it is kept nice and the greens are very good. A little slow play due to the amount of golfers that were out that day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 08/09/2016

Hi Ktel8080,

Thank you for choosing Hickory Sticks! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the conditions of the course! We hope to have you back again soon!


"Don't play after rain"


KRis1100918's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

The "cart path only" on this hilly course was disappointing when we got to the course. The course doesn't drain well - had a hard rain the night before. Tee boxes weren't cut; greens were OK; slow play. They paired us up with another 2-some which we weren't thrilled about.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 08/09/2016

Hi Kris1100918,

Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience. Please email us at LaylaTeeTimes@yahoo.com if you would like to further discuss your experience.



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