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3.3
64 Reviews (64)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
14
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
4
Conditions
2.9
Value
3.5
Layout
3.8
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.6
60.6%
Recommend this course
41 out of 64 reviews
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3.5
12 Reviews (12)
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
2
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2
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.3
Value
3.6
Layout
3.8
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
75.0%
Recommend this course
9 out of 12 reviews
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3.6
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
3
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2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.8
Layout
3.9
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
78.6%
Recommend this course
11 out of 14 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Par 71
Length 5966 yards
Slope 115
Rating 68.2
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The Pioneer Golf Course - Kenton County Golf
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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.

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Kentucky (2016 #20)

Reviews

3.3
64 Reviews (64)
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Better than expected

while there was nothing overly special about the course, it definitely deserves a higher rating than reviews have shown. I believe it's under new management and it takes time to revamp a course. Greens were fun but very tough with slopes all around.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/08/2020

Thank you for the kind review and feedback! We are working on making the guest experience the best it can be. You're feedback helps us do that! -KC Team

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great staff

Overwhelmingly satisfied with the way the staff were prepared and handled matters under current COVID conditions.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Commented on 07/08/2020

Thank you for the great review! We appreciate feedback and it helps us make Kenton County GC the best it can be for all players and guests. We look forward to earning your business again soon! -KC Team

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fix the rest of the bunkers on the front 9 of Pioneer

Last year all bunkers on Pioneer and Willows were redone, either eliminating them and grassing over or renovated with new sand EXCEPT those bunkers on holes 6/7/8/9 on Pioneer. I know for a fact that the materials (sand) is on the property in order to renovate the (approxiamately) 7-9 bunkers on these holes. Without them being redone in creates 2 different sets of bunker play as the ones which haven't been touched are really unplayable.
Don't tell me how much you are upgrading the conditions of these courses without this work being completed.
Oh, and don't even get me started on talking about the absolute horrific conditions of the cart paths.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent Conditions

Played Pioneer today, played Willows yesterday...both courses are in the best shape I’ve seen them in years.... 2 complaints I have is, still no rakes in the bunkers (maybe they aren’t allowed yet, per Governor) and the rough needs a trimming...hard to spot a ball just off the fairway....on a packed day I could see the length of the rough slowing down play a lot...
The price is a little high right now as well... normally this course runs about 30.00 or so to play...42.50 per person to ride 18 is a little much for this course....very short course with only 2 par 5’s...very tough par 3’s though

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very impressed

I’ve been playing Kenton county for years and today reminded me of the condition it was in 20 years ago. Pioneer course is very fair, wide open so you can hit off the fairway and still have a playable shot which really kept pace of play up. You still gotta hit it well off the Tee but you don’t have to be perfect to have a good time. Me and another golfer walked 18 in 4 hours. Greens were pretty good and consistent. The only complaint I have is the tee boxes were marked with white, yellow and red(women) Markers but the distance shown at the box was different colors which made it difficult to know what the distance really was off the tee. Bring a gps app on your phone until they get this fixed.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

One minor problem

Don't have a big problem with course conditions, etc, but it would be nice to inform people that course is walking only before you arrive at course - ended up walking 9 only, back nine too hilly to walk.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great practice round course

Somewhat forgiving. Not to long, some challenging holes but good for all levels of play

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Shameful maintenance of a nice public ciurse

Same torn up cart paths as last year....not a ball washer to be found on any hole...hole marker signs laying in the mud. Terrible what this private company running the golf courses of Kenton County has done to it.

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pioneer Course conditions

Given the good amount of play the last few months, The Pioneer’s tee boxes, fairways and greens were in great shape. As with all courses at Kenton County, the cart paths are trashed. It’s smoother to drive in the grass than on the torn up cart paths. Spend some money to fix them!

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 15
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Thumbs Down

I don’t know where to start....burnt fairways, every bunker is unplayable and considered “grounds under repair”, rough is 4” high and it takes forever to find a ball just off the fairway, and every tee box is like concrete....the green are in good shape and rolling fast, but so hard that it’s impossible to hold a ball when it lands....overall they’ve completely let this course go and I won’t be back this year....save your money and play elsewhere

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

Will be back again and again!

Very nice course. Staff is extremely professional, courtesy, and helpful.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Improving

I have generally liked this course over the past few years, but last year it was not well maintained. The fairways and greens were good, but the rough made it almost unplayable. First time playing this year and it was much better. If you were off the short grass, you could at least find your ball. Hope they continue to keep it manageable. It is a good course with challenges to keep you interested. The staff is always friendly.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Traps need work

All of the sand traps were in poor condition, weedy and compacted. The fairways were in good shape, the greens were fair.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Course in great shape

Played front 9 for the first time. Course was very wet due to recent storms and bunkers were full of water and weeds, but the tee boxes, fairways and greens were in great shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Previously Played

Not good

Many greens are un puttable hopefully that will improve bare spots everywhere

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun round of golf

The pioneer is a fairly open golf course that gave me the chance to work of some new things. There were still some challenging holes that made me work. Sand was understandably in bad shape given the rain we have had. A few of the greens were in rough shape but it is the end of a season. We some of the only golfers out on a Thursday late morning which helped make the round run.

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