Best of 2016: Top 20 golf courses in Kentucky

We're on the hunt for great greens in the bluegrass state. Golfers played courses throughout Kentucky in 2016, and we compiled the top-rated. Kentucky's golf scene is most well known for Valhalla, the private club owned by the PGA of America that hosts the Ryder Cup and PGA Championship.

The rest of the state's golf courses, meanwhile, caters to highly affordable public courses. In the top 20 below, you'll see just how many top courses are state park facilities, too. A couple university-affiliated courses, as well as golf resorts made the ranking.

To compile our state lists, we used a similar method to that of our our national Top 50 ranking. A course's score is based on their overall (50%) rating and subcategory average (50%). Reviews are weighted based on how prolific that reviewer is on Golf Advisor, and a course receives a bump in their rating if their score is better than that reviewer's average score.

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Top courses by subcategory in Kentucky in 2016

Course layout: Heritage Hill
Course conditions: General Burnside State Park
Value: Lincoln Homestead State Park Golf Course
Off-course amenities: Connemara Golf Course
Pace of play: Deer Lakes Golf Course
Staff friendliness: General Burnside State Park

Top 20 golf courses in Kentucky in 2016

20. The Pioneer at the Golf Courses of Kenton County


19. Mineral Mound Golf Course


18. My Old Kentucky Home


17. Calvert City Golf & Country Club

Calvert City

16. Big Blue Course at University Club of Kentucky


15. Marriott Griffin Gate Golf


14. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park


13. Cardinal Hills Golf Course


12. Houston Oaks Golf Course


11. Miller Memorial Golf Course


10. Battlefield Golf Club


9. Hidden Cove Golf Course

Olive Hill

8. A.J. Jolly Golf Course


7. Boots Randolph Golf Course


6. Eagle Trace Golf Course


5. Deer Lakes Golf Course


4. Gibson Bay Golf Course


3. Dale Hollow Lake Golf Course


2. General Burnside State Park Golf Course


1. Heritage Hill Golf Club

No. 44 in the U.S. in 2016

Feb 17, 2017

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Brandon Tucker

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Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.