Pioneer at Golf Courses at Kenton County, The

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3.1
44
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
7
1 Stars
3
Conditions
2.8
Value
3.6
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.1
46.7%
Recommend this course
26 out of 43 reviews
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Average Rating
2.4
16
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
3
Conditions
1.9
Value
2.7
Layout
3.5
Pace
3.5
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.3
12.5%
Recommend this course
2 out of 16 reviews
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2.4
17
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
2
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
3
Conditions
1.9
Value
2.8
Layout
3.4
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.4
11.8%
Recommend this course
2 out of 17 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 70
Length 5966
Slope 115
Rating 68.2
Type Public/Municipal
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The Pioneer Golf Course - Kenton County Golf
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 70 5966 yards 68.2 115
Black (W) 70 5966 yards 73.5 123
Gold 70 5703 yards 66.9 113
Gold (W) 70 5703 yards 72.0 120
Grey 70 4866 yards 63.4 105
Grey (W) 70 4866 yards 67.6 111
White 70 4385 yards 61.3 100
White (W) 70 4385 yards 64.9 105
Scorecard for Pioneer
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: 68.2/115 W: 73.5/123 320 407 188 365 170 306 283 279 530 2848 270 325 338 191 373 389 441 480 311 3118 5966
Gold M: 66.9/113 W: 72.0/120 292 396 178 335 156 293 274 269 513 2706 263 314 328 172 366 371 426 455 302 2997 5703
Grey M: 63.4/105 W: 67.6/111 243 378 71 306 118 266 262 247 416 2307 250 285 207 151 353 278 316 436 283 2559 4866
White M: 61.3/100 W: 64.9/105 239 318 69 237 115 263 207 245 329 2022 195 274 204 149 243 273 313 434 278 2363 4385
Handicap 9 5 3 7 17 13 11 15 1 18 14 12 6 8 4 2 10 16
Par 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 5 35 4 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 36 71
Handicap (W) 7 3 17 5 15 11 9 13 1 18 14 12 6 10 4 2 8 16

Course Details

Year Built 1968
Golf Season Year round
Architect Taylor Boyd

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

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Reviews

3.1
44
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Pace slowed by NARROW fairways and TALL TALL rough

Course is in terrible condition. Fairways have been narrowed to Less than 15 to 20 yards on all. This slows up play tremendously because, golfers, just 3 to 5 yards off the fairway are trying to find their balls in ankle high rough. Excuse for not cutting rough.....too wet....BUT YOU CUT THE FAIRWAYS

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course needs some serious TLC

I typically don’t like to leave negative feedback but the shape of the course was just mind boggling. The first two greens look no short from being the sandlot. They had a segment of the green where it was decent, but of course that’s where the pin was located. More can be reviewed, however the greens were just unnecceptable. The course used to be decent and it’s just now a complete dissapointment.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
First Time Playing

Grandson’s First

Taking my grandson to his first regular course was a small disappointment. I had played there many times but have not recently been there. It seemed that the fairways have disappeared with lots of weeds and crab grass. The rough was impossible being uncut and swallowed the ball. Greens were bad on some holes. My grandson and I enjoyed ourselves despite complaints. Last was the cost which seemed high.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not good at all.

Hadn’t played this course in years but went back when my son-in-law visited. Greens were awful; some so bad they only mowed a small patch to put the flag. Fairways were extremely tight - maybe 15 yards, with the rough(first cut) being maybe 3 inches long. Spent most of the day looking for balls barely out of fairway. Cart paths were terrible. Used to be a fun course - I would not go back.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Deteriorating

The course conditions are getting worse and worse. Its unfortunate.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather

disappointed

Course was starting to burn out due to stretch of hot weather. Crabgrass in most fairways. Two greens had only about 300 square feet of grass on them so you basically had to pick up. Maintenance guy watering #10 sat in his cart just off the fringe and was a distraction with his radio blaring. Don't anticipate going back again this year.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Green's in bad shape

The greens on the pioneer were in very bad shape. Two greens(10-11) had at most 1/4 of green with any grass. Irrigation system was broke for a long period of time allowing the greens to burn up. Course wasted to much money on new parking lot. Fix course first (mainly the greens) and then worry about the amenities.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

play the parking lot....

course is in TERRIBLE condition. They spent $300,000 to redo the parking lot and $ 0 on the fairways and greens. But if you want to lose a ball, the rough is the place. Not 'amatuer' friendly at all. USED TO BE.....

Play is slow because you spend too much time looking for your ball two steps from the fairway.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Really going down hill

My wife and I used to have a season pass for Kenton Co, but ever since the new management crew took over a couple of years ago, things have been on a steady decline. All 3 of the courses are suffering from patchy fairways and burned out greens. There are a handful of holes on Pioneer that hardly have any grass on the entire green. That never used to be the case up there. They have spent a lot of time and money on revamping the parking lot that essentially did nothing but eliminate 50-60 parking spaces and force everyone to park out in the boonies. That's money that would have been much better spent on maintaining the course or upgrading their treacherous cart paths. All of the employees are very polite and super friendly and the snack bar was very well run, but overall they are neglecting what this is all about...the golf course. At this rate, the county government will get what they really want and that's to sell it off for condo development. What a shame

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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