The Willow at Golf Courses at Kenton County, The

3.4285529412 3.4 stars from 5 (61)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6734 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6734 yards 72.6 137
Black (W) 72 6734 yards 78.7 145
Gold 72 6371 yards 71.1 134
Gold (W) 72 6371 yards 76.8 141
Grey 72 5749 yards 67.1 126
Grey (W) 72 5749 yards 71.9 131
White 72 5131 yards 64.3 119
White (W) 72 5131 yards 68.5 124

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 61 Reviews
5 stars:
14
4 stars:
23
3 stars:
14
2 stars:
6
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

48 out of 61 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport   Great for locals advanced golfers playing multiple courses   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views  

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Reviews


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"Yikes!!"


scottcenter10's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played every course this year at Kenton County, and the Willows was by far in the worst shape. Greens were hard as a rock and not very receptive. The greens has big holes where turf was missing, especially on the 10th and the 11th holes. The fringe areas had patches of long grass, and it seemed that my ball found the bare patch behind a piece of rough on two or three holes. The staff is friendly inside, but the mowers are going to do their job even if you are ready to tee off. I hit one over a mower because I was tired of waiting, and he stared me down on my next shot, then followed me until I got to the green. It was very frustrating!!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Sunday Golf"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Some of the greens had big black spots other than that for a Sunday it was a great value and pace of play was 4 hours


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course needs some work"


u00000919941's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather

Reviewed on

The greens had some patchy bad spots. The weather hasn't been that hot yet and the greens already look shabby. Cart paths are in bad need of repair. The parking lot is fabulous, only wished they would've used monies they wasted beautifying the parking on the golf course itself.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Sloooow"


jasson04's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you like 5 1/2 hour rounds on balky carts then this is the place for you.

Course was in good early spring condition, stsff was very friendly. I would suggest on course player assistants to keep play moving.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fairway Problems"


Zachary8648's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

First time playing here and the course was in great shape. Front 9 significantly easier than the back. My main problem was the fairway layout though. A lot of the fairways stop 80-150 yards before the front of the green. If you don't hit a solid approach shot, you'll be punished for coming up short with a shot out of the rough. I don't quite see the need for that. Other than that the course is fantastic. Highly recommend playing it if you have the chance.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Don’t use Golf Now... Cheaper to Call Coarse"


u000006131704's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Let’s consider the facts.... We’re golfing in March. Can’t really complain about much. Coarse was in okay condition for March. Biggest complaint. Golf Now was more expensive then Kenton County. It’s 25 dollars to play right now. I should’ve called the coarse but didn’t think too because I use Golf Now all the time. Golf Now was 2.50 dollars higher because of their 5 dollar “convenience” fee lol


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Cold January"


Chris3604346's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape for the main fact that it was January and off season. Look forward to playing it again in season. Nice layout and challenging


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


u000002735106's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

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

Reviewed on

The Willows is a nicely designed track. The greens were in excellent condition. The fairways were patchy at best. The staff was excellent and friendly. Everything was a positive with the exception of the fairways.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Willows on 11/21/2016:

Hi u000002735106,<br/> Thank you for your review! We are so happy to know you enjoyed your round. We have noted the areas in which we can improve and will work hard to do so. We hope to see you back again soon!

"DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!"


sbspires's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course is absolutely pathetic. I've never played a course in such bad condition. The fairways are composed of nothing but mud and patches of crab grass. Please do yourself a favor and spend your money anywhere else. Also, the $6 cheeseburger made me sick.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"WHATS GOING ON AT KENTON COUNTY?????"


coopbeau8512's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/03/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Have played this coarse many times over the years and have played there 4 or 5 times earlier this year . Played on 9 /3 The fairways are gone crab grass growing in tee boxes and thru the fairways . greens looked beat to death. its pretty obvious the only maintenance going on is cutting greens and the grass . They do not have to cut fairways cause there is no grass to cut. I am shocked how this coarse looked . Kenton County use to take great pride in the condition of this coarse. guess those days are gone . paid 20.00 to play 9 holes. When I called the coarse to check on crowd and condition none advised us of the poor condition of the coarse . Guess it's time to play my golf in Boone co .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"This course is in horrible conditions"


u000007662480's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/30/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a horrible course. The fairways are nothing but mud slides. Patches of bent grass and weeds everywhere. Ball marks all over the greens. Some parts of the of the course are mowed, other parts are not. Just super disappointed. Used to play here a lot


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Willows on 11/21/2016:

Hi u000007662480,<br/> Thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback as it helps us locate areas in which we can improve. We are saddened to know you weren’t completely satisfied with your golf round. We have noted your comments and will work hard to make improvements. We hope to see you back again soon to give us another chance and to let us exceed your expectations!

"Very Dissappointing"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The deal was great, but with a price. I've played this course many times in the past. I brought 2 new people there to play for the first time. By the time we were on hole 3 I was apologizing for how awful the course was. Greens were in okay shape. The fairways were awful. Many times hitting off of mud/dirt in the center of a fairway. Rough was tall and uneven. Overall I was very disappointed. These courses are 5 minutes from my house and I'm pretty sure I'll never go back. Great hot deal price, but I'd rather pay full price at a course in good shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great course in poor condition."


fcore's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The course overall is a fun and challenging course. The greens are amazing offering quite a bit of challenge with lots of subtle undulations. The course has great elevation changes and wonderful layout challenges on most holes.

The one down side is the overall course condition. Too many fairways were in poor condition in too many spots. The tee boxes were terrible chewed up, and clearly needed to be moved.

If the upkeep of the course were better, this would be a full 4 star course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Willows on 11/16/2016:

Hi fcore,<br/> Thank you for your review! We appreciate your feedback and we're happy to know you found the course challenging and an overall fun time. We apologize for your lack of satisfaction with the conditions but we are working hard to improve this area of our business. We hope to see you back again soon!

"have always liked this layout"



2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course maintenance seems to be slipping


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from The Willows on 11/16/2016:

Hi 1alphonse,<br/> Thank you for sharing your feedback on our course. We are working on the course conditions and hope you book your next round with us so that we may exceed your expectations!

"Three different 18 holes courses on site."


Richard1468694's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/04/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This golf course actually has three different 18 holes courses at it. The Pioneer is the easiest.

The Willows is the next hardest. And the Fox Run is by far the hardest course there.

All three are very nice courses.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Worth Every Penny"


u000006131704's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Kenton County Willows is a great coarse! Excellent condition, great value, always fun to play. 136 Slope off the yellow tee's makes it still very challenging. Love this coarse and will certainly play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/20/2016

u000006131704,

Thank you for the great 4-Star review. We are glad to hear you found value in the course, and that you keep coming back for more! We look forward to your next visit!

Best regards,

The Willows Kenton County Management


"This course is so much fun"


cdobson0012's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This place is the reason 5-Stars was invented! The book the Williows thinking it would be a fun course to play and decent value, I was complete blow away with the amazing quality of the entire course. The course offers; some unique and fun tee-box preservative over looking the beautiful layout, some of the best greens in the tri-state area, and different styles of holes throughout the round. If you are small/ long hitter this course is fun with the right blend of challenging. I recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a fun new place to play that will test all the clubs in your bag and you will be thoroughly impressed by the course conditions.

P.S. And I saw two deer, turkeys on the course


Pace of Play: Excellent

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 07/20/2016

cdobson0012,

Thank you for the fantastic 5-Star review! We are happy you enjoyed the layout, and had a fun but challenging round. We hope to see you out again soon!

Best regards,

The Willows Kenton County Management


"Fairways & greens are in great shape!"


Jeff6182145's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

But....some of the bunkers were as hard as concrete and tree roots are tearing up some of the cart paths. Be careful teeing off next to roadways, local traffic will acknowledge you. Other than those minor things, the course was fun to play and I will return.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/20/2016

Jeff6182145,

Thank you for the great 4-Star review! We are glad you had fun, and look forward to your next visit!

Best regards,

The Willows Kenton County Management


"Overall very good course, but horrible bunker conditions"


seahawk1959's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/18/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course conditions excellent except the bunkers. No sand, just dirt and rocks. Some were like concrete. Pace typically slow on Saturday, almost 5 hour round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/20/2016

seahawk1959,

We appreciate your feedback and we will look into the bunker issue. We are glad you recognized the excellent course conditions. Come play again soon!

Best regards,

The Willows Kenton County Management


"Highway Robbery"


sdryan2's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Wednesday evening, after six o'clock, walking, 9 holes... $17.50. Maybe I have been spoiled by using Golfnow but this seems way too high for this course. They must know what they are doing though because the course was packed. It took us about 3 hours to play nine. Fun course and hard as heck is the reason I suggest it, but be sure to take out a loan before you go.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/20/2016

sdryan2,

Thank you for the 4-Star review! We are glad you found the course fun yet challenging. Don't break the bank! We offer great deals online through our website!

http://www.golfkentoncounty.com/book-a-tee-time/

Best regards,

The Willows Kenton County Management



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