Gibson Bay Golf Course

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4.3
131
5 Stars
76
4 Stars
44
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.6
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
98.7%
Recommend this course
128 out of 130 reviews
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Average Rating
4.0
13
5 Stars
4
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
100.0%
Recommend this course
13 out of 13 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
19
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
19 out of 19 reviews
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Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7113
Slope 128
Rating 74.1
Type Public
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Gibson Bay Golf Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 7113 yards 74.1 128
White 72 6508 yards 71.3 122
Gold 72 6002 yards 69.0 117
Red 72 4869 yards 69.1 115
Scorecard for Gibson Bay
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 73.7/131 441 542 203 403 380 190 501 375 426 3461 379 443 249 432 601 403 571 157 417 3652 7113
Blue M: 71.0/125 411 508 179 369 343 170 482 333 404 3199 353 409 221 378 580 372 475 140 381 3309 6508
White M: 68.8/121 384 488 161 341 304 146 443 304 379 2950 320 379 183 344 545 351 457 116 357 3052 6002
Red W: 67.4/114 282 400 109 282 239 88 379 254 276 2309 253 329 131 311 487 278 415 69 287 2560 4869
Handicap 13 3 1 5 15 17 7 9 11 4 2 10 8 14 12 6 16 18
Par 4 5 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 36 4 4 3 4 5 4 5 3 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 1993
Fairways Bent Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Best of Lists

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Kentucky (2016 #4) (2015 #2)
  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 Value Courses in the U.S. (2014 #24)
  • Golf Advisor: Best of Golf Advisor (2014 #28)

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4.3
131

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 6
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 14
Thick Rough 12
Bunkers 10
This course/club is great for:
Locals 11
Advanced Golfers 10
A Weekend Splurge 9
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 13
Worth the Drive 13

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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
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Previously Played

Pace of ply

They were having amens league outing and no consideration for people paying top money to play!! There several foursomes in front that wouldn’t let faster players play through!!

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser

Labor Day Golf

It’s been a while since we’ve played the course and was slightly disappointed on the maintenance of the course, the greens had burn marks and it looked like someone wore cleats and dug into the greens, the fairways weren’t maintained and the roughs were rough, love the course, price was great but don’t know what happened to the grounds keeper

Expectations were high and came away slightly disappointed

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice, but overplayed.

GB is an awesome public course, however because of its popularity it is overplayed. The pace of play is much slower compared to other surrounding courses, but that's to be expected. I usually play here once every couple months for a change from my home course. I do recommend this to anyone wanting to play in Richmond, however don't expect an 18 hole round under 3.5 hours.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A day at gibson bay

Very courteous staff, excellent chicken salad sandwich and the golf course was in fantastic shape, especially the greens. Will definitely play again!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Gibson Bay is awesome

I’ve played Gibson since the mid-90s and it remains one of my favorite courses, if not my favorite course, of all the courses in a 25 mile radius of Lexington. The tee boxes are in good shape, the fairways are beautiful and spongy, and the greens are fast and true. And no matter how hard of some of us may try, ur not gonna hit a house playing Gibson Bay. There’s numerous courses in, and around, Lexington that charge close to the same price, or even above, the price ur gonna pay at Gibson. Do urself a favor. Make the 18 minute drive from Hamburg and go play a beautiful course with a fantastic layout, that definitely has all the challenges and elevation changes and bends and water that u want in a Kentucky course. They just got done with a project where they created a nice size lake/pond that looks great now. I’m sure the new bridge area will be done soon as well. But I think it looks great compared to what it used to look like. Well done to whoever made that happen. Oh yeah, and the BBQ sandwich inside the pro shop is pretty dang good too.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Course is fun to play

Some construction, fairways and greens in good shape. For the price “excellent “.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice Course

Course in good shape. Course great for my skill level. I play once a week.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good value, challenging but fair, bring bug spray

Greens were average speed for a public track but rolled very well but were still soft and receptive - good reads are rewarded. Tees and fairways were in pretty good shape. Some tough and some gettable 3's, 4's and 5's. Great value though, I'd rank this up near Houston Oaks.

Only down side was the flies, I guess from Lake Reba. Bring bug spray.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

I'll be back

We booked a weekend trip to the Lexington/Richmond KY area for a "guys" weekend getaway. Gibson Bay was one of the courses in the package from mygolfvacation.com. The course was under repair in the middle and the course was really wet in spots due to a lot of rain a few days before we arrived. For the poor conditions, the course was amazing.The grounds staff should be commended, BIG TIME. The course layout is fun and you don't have to worry too much about hitting into other people if you hit a stray shot. The clubhouse staff was incredibly nice and the snack staff was very nice too. The food is your standard fare and beer prices are normal. Very fair pricing. We will definitely be back!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Layout and Condition

Course lay out is great and for winter conditions, the greens were great. Overall course is looking really good for January.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Great Course, Tough Because of Weather

This was my first time playing and it's unfortunate I played in 30 degree weather after everything was already frozen. The layout of this course is really great. I look forward to playing this course in the spring and summer. I've never played a Kentucky course in the winter. I am from SC so you can play pretty much all year with about the same conditions on the course throughout the year there. Here in Kentucky, the green was like concrete due to our freezing temperatures. The ball bounced as high as the cart path when it directly hit the green. It was very amusing. But to be January, and with the temperatures and weather we've had, 1. I was shocked and glad at the same time that the course was open to play and 2. I was very impressed with the course conditions considering. If you've never played Gibson Bay, I would highly recommend playing. Especially in the spring and summer. I look forward to coming back and playing again soon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Course

Excellent public course. Well maintained and very plush for this time of year. Very reasonable fees.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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