Pioneer at Golf Courses at Kenton County, The

3.4166705882 3.4 stars from 5 (32)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 5966 yards
  • Slope: 115
  • Rating: 68.2
  • 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 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

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 32 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
18
3 stars:
6
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

25 out of 31 reviews


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"Forget the parking lot, invest in the greens"


dbazsika's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I booked this for a threesome. We wanted to play a course near to us. Figure to try this one out. Staff is awesome. The bar and concessions are very good with daily specials from the bar. I have played The Willows and Fox Run in the past.

Pulling in you see they paved over the parking lot and and lined it properly. They marked the cat path clearly when in the parking lot.

Front nine was pretty good and challenging. Then at the 10th green it all went downhill. Tenth green was 95% burnt down to dirt. In fact a guy was watering it as we were playing. We were shocked because it was so early in the season since its not even summer yet. 3 more holes were like this. TRULY disappointed. Maybe they should go to check Shawnee Lookout to see how greens are SUPPOSED to be?

You're better off going to Devou or Boone Links if you want to play a decent round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Greens in poor condition"


Ras112956's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Have played this course a few times over the years. Always enjoyed it being a bogey golfer it gave you a chance at scoring. When playing this time the tee boxes were like concrete could not get a tee into the ground. Greens on the front 9 were ok but the back nine were terrible. Looks like they airated some and killed all the grass. Will not be playing pioneer this summer again may try Willows and hope for better conditions.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"More dollars needed for course"


u00000919941's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The greens could use a little attention and the cart paths look and feel like they were in a war zone(very bad shape). Should have put the money they spent on parking lot and clubhouse into the course itself.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"pioneer, Kenton"


ktel8080's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was an okay day, the front nine is in better shape than the back nine. there was a couple of hole where the greens were already burnt up.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



u009227212's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Chuck1951"


canorrisky's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/28/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is good condition greens in good shape and some ter boxes are closed for renovation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Heading in the wrong direction"


KRis1100918's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The course was in better shape when we played here a few weeks ago; Tee boxes, fairways and cart paths need some major work. greens were in good shape. we got the 4:24 tee time on golfnow - unfortunately that was the first tee time after an elderly weekly group, so we played very slow the first 9 holes, then had to rush to pass a walking 2-some after we made the turn. don't pay more than $15 to play this course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Pioneer on 11/16/2016:

Hi Kris1100918,<br/> Thank you for your review and rating of our golf course. We are sorry to know you didn't think the conditions were as pleasant as your last experience but we will continue to work on improving. We hope to see you back again soon!

"Great Course"


u069324222's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/13/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved the course just don't be late for tee time


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/20/2016

u069324222,

Thank for the great 5-Star review! We agree, in the game of golf being punctual is everything!

Best regards,

The Pioneer Management


"Pioneer Review"


Golfgirl50's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2016
Previously played Used cart Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Upon arriving the staff was friendly and accommodating. The course was in good shape and the greens rolled well. We rode and had a pace of play of 3.75 hrs. I would recommend the course. There are 3 18 hole golf courses here so you can find one that will satify your needs.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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

Golfgirl50,

Thank you for the great 4-Star review! We are glad you recognized the quality of our staff. We appreciate you recommending us and hope to see you again--bring your family & friends!

Best regards,

The Pioneer Management


"Nice course for high handicaps"


jcscar54's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

In great shape, greens smooth, good for short hitters like me.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/20/2016

jcscar54,

Thank you for the wonderful 5-Star review! We hope to see you out again soon!

Best regards,

The Pioneer Management


"Course in in great shape!!"


eodbal's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/25/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course. All the greens are in immaculate condition. Just pay attention to the nuances of the green when putting. Had a great time. All of the staff are very friendly and the grass cutters were very considerate of us when playing through.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Good bang for your buck"


u613839307's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/17/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

If you're looking to play a 5 star course, try Augusta National. If you want to play a nice local course, that's not too challenging play The Pioneer. Yeah, the pace was a little slow, and the guy at the front counter wasn't the best. But the Starter was a great guy and the course was in good condition.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Maybe next time"


HeelsFan81's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I would have been happier and rated higher but I was stuck behind a 5 some where 4 children were learning the game. I was on a 2 some and would have preferred to play through. Since they weren't allowing it, we played very slow and it was not as much fun. Easy course and not a lot of hazards to worry about. Will be back again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Average"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/30/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was average. Played the front nine. Thank you


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways and greens were in great shape, I would highly recommend checking it out.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"One of my favorite courses"


u000006166156's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

This is one of my favorite course. Good for bad to intermediate players.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pioneer"


ranman1549's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent shape and the weather could not have been better as it was in the 70's.<br/> The staff was pleasant but the pace of play seemed a little slow. Overall it was a great day for golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Highly Recommend"


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 07/07/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I've been playing at Kenton County for over 15 years. Pioneer has never looked better. Green, tee boxes, and fairways were mint condition. Played from the Black Tees. Coarse playes easy on the front and difficult on the back. I would highly recommend playing this coarse to anyone.


Pace of Play: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good


I recommend this course


"Up and Down"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/07/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We teed off behind the men's league so the pace of play was slower than usual. Very windy conditions this day but very few shots seemed to be affected by it. Friendly starter, cart guys, maint staff on the course...all were willing to provide advice as this was our 1st time playing this course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Ehhhhh....OK course...."


JCZents33's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/28/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Tee boxes need some work...Otherwise decent course...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



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