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Friday Introductions: Alex Miller
Alex has been around Keene Trace for a long time, but we wanted to give you all a chance to get to know him better. Read on to learn more about him and make sure to say hi when you see him around!
 
How long have you been at Keene Trace and what is your role here?
This is my 5th season here at Keene Trace. I started as a cart guy under Brad Hicks at champions in 2014 and worked my way up to 2nd assistant under Scott Smith. Now, I am an assistant golf professional. I also manage the outside staff alongside my peers, do all scheduling and hiring of the outside services, and I do part-time club repair work.
 
How did you get into golf and do you have a favorite golf memory?
My grandfather introduced me to the game at the early age of 4. I was immediately hooked and haven’t looked back! My dad has taught me almost everything I I know about golf, with the exception of two lessons back in the high school golf days. It’s a passion of mine to help others enjoy this wonderful sport as much as I do and assist them with any needs they may have.
Picking a favorite golf memory will be tough. I’d have to say witnessing and calling a good buddies' hole in one on #4 at Keene Run has to be up there as one of my favorite memories. Landon Adkins, one of our outside service staff, hit this beautiful high draw to a front right pin location. At about the apex of the ball flight I said “congrats on your 3rd hole in one!” Completely joking, but that’s kind of a inside joke with our group, as we say that a lot when a shot is looking good. His ball hit short right of the green and took a immediate hop left and rolled dead center cup! We went insane as most groups do witnessing such a cool event, better yet someone calling the shot!
 
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
In my younger years I played many sports including basketball, baseball, football and of course golf. But something that many wouldn’t expect is that I received a 5 year award from Gotta Dance Studios for tap and jazz! So if need be, I can put on my blue suede shoes! This also causes me to have a lot of foot work in my golf swing. Some coaches have even called me “twinkle toes” in the past!
 
What do you do when you aren't at Keene?
Outside of work I try and spend as much time with family as possible. I also may spend a bit too much time playing video games and watching movies! My parents and sister live in Lexington, so we try and do family dinner nights once a week. She has 4 young girls and I love my nieces! They keep us all busy with gymnastics and of course dance. Other than that, I try and play golf when the chance is given.
 
What was your favorite part of the Barbasol?
My favorite part of the Barbasol would be tough to choose. If you make me pick one, I would say starting on the first tee with Mr. Carl Nathe for the pro am on Wednesday. Not only was it perfect weather all day, but I got to spend hours meeting and greeting great tour players and amateurs alike. Of course, I loved seeing our members so excited about the event and seeing them enjoy it was better than enjoying it myself! Truly a life changing experience!
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You might be wondering what's going on in this picture. Each ball on the green (#1 at Keene Run) represents a ball mark that has either been repaired incorrectly or not at all.
 
This is just a little visual representation of why it is so important to properly repair ball marks. Different people are taught different ways, so we decided to have our superintendent Carl Gray give us his way. Check out the video here:
 
 
Or follow this simple step-by-step method:
1. Use a ball mark repair tool (note: if you do not have a repair tool, you can also use a tee!)
2. Insert tool into edge of ball mark, starting from the back
3. Work your way around the rim of the ball mark, inserting your tool into the edge of the mark and gently pushing toward the center (note: do NOT pull up, twist, or lift with the tool)
4. Smooth the surface with your club or foot
 
Thank you for helping us keep our courses in the best shape they can be!
 
 
 
 
Barbasol: What Was the Hardest Hole?
Blog by Evan Mossbarger
 

The data is in! If you have watched a tour event on TV, you know about or have heard about shotlink. Several of you even know how it works and how to work it since you so graciously volunteered to operate shotlink for the Barbasol tournament. The PGA Tour compiles this data for every event and uses it to set up tournament play from event to event. Data is compiled for nearly everything from driving distance, number of putts, length of putts, and any other data you could imagine. We recently received a compilation of hole by hole data that we thought you might like to see. Check out the ranking and see if it lines up with how you might rank the holes.

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So, were your predictions correct? Let us know!

Barbasol: Maintaining Tournament Green Speeds

Barbasol Tournament Green Speeds

If you are anything like me, I like to look at data and see if it lines up with what I may have predicted. We do this all the time in golf, keeping up with number of pars, bogeys, three-putt greens and so on. As most of you know, the PGA TOUR relies heavily on data for a number of reasons. During the tournament, a team of data collectors were sent out to the greens every morning after cutting and rolling, and every evening after play had concluded. Data was collected for moisture content, firmness, and of course green speed. Due to the amount of rain the course received during the tournament, over five inches, the moisture data and the firmness data were somewhat irrelevant. But the green speeds were analyzed every morning and evening to determine what needed to be done to maintain the speed targeted by the tournament officials. The target for the tournament was established at 11 based on data from the stimpmeter. The 11 means that once the golf ball leaves the stimpmeter device it will roll 11 feet. You can look up stimpmeter on youtube and see how the test is actually run. In order to reach the speed target, the greens were double cut and rolled in the mornings and usually just double cut in the evenings. Each green was tested for speed, using the same location each time. The green speeds were anywhere from 11 to 12 during the tournament. The tour and players both commented on how they liked the greens stating that even through the adversity of rain, they held their integrity and putted true. The data also showed the greens were consistent in speed, which we all know is a very important factor.

The question begs why can’t we have green speeds of 11-12 every day? TOUR speeds are difficult to maintain on a daily basis and for long periods of time. Going back to middle school biology, a blade of grass is composed of several items including chlorophyll, which is responsible for the green tint. Chlorophyll is used in the process of photosynthesis, which is the means by which plant life generate food. When a blade of grass is cut at tour height, there isn’t much leaf, resulting in the reduction of chlorophyll, and sustainable plant health. That is why many greens you see on TV look brown by Sunday. When we mow at normal height, there is nearly double the amount of chlorophyll, resulting in a healthier plant.

All this to say that our normal green speed is eight to nine. During special events such as club tournaments, we do speed the greens up by double cutting and rolling. I hope this helps your understanding of Barbasol green speeds versus normal green speeds.

Article written by Evan Mossbarger

Getting Back in the Swing of Things: August Events
Now that Barbasol 2018 is in the books, it's time to get back in the swing of things here at the club! The start of school may be just a few weeks away, but Keene Trace is still in summer mode! We have lots of good stuff on the calendar for August and we hope you will join us:
 
Couples 9 League
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Dive-In Movie
SUMMER DIVE IN MOVIE NIGHTSKEENE RUN POOL DUSKJULY 26TH AND AUGUST 9TH 1
 
Pickleball 101
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Club Championships
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Barbasol 2018 Recap
The first Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace was one for the books! Whether you were able to make it out or not, we wanted to look back at some of our favorite moments from the week. Already looking forward to next year!
 
Brittany Lincicome
We got to witness history as Brittany was only the 6th woman ever to play in a PGA event, and the first in over 10 years! She was so fun to watch and was kind to everyone she met - she has definetely gained a new fan base at Keene Trace!
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Brittany had quite the gallery following her during her two rounds, but it was especially cool to see the young girl golfers who came out to watch. Thanks to Brittany for being such an amazing role model! Also, how cute is this tiny spectator in her Masters hat?
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Member Support
The member support during this tournament was unbelievable. Whether it was donating leaf blowers and daycare items, volunteering, cleaning up after the storm, helping with divot repair or simply making it a point to come out to the tournament; we appreciate all of it! Below are just a few of the awesome people who came out to assist with divot repair:
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Danny Lee Reppin' Keene Trace
Not the best picture, but if you zoom in you can see Keene Trace on the back of his hat right before he tees off on Thursday. Pretty cool!
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Clubhouse Patio
We have to recognize Yancey and his team for the incredible job they did last week. The food was amazing! Seeing the clubhouse patio packed out with members was definitely one of our highlights from the week. Oh, and the milkshakes were pretty good too!
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Hush Y'all
Who didn't love these signs?
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Maintenance Crew
We cannot say enough good things about Carl Gray and his crew. They worked long hours to make this course PGA ready, and even overcame the untimely storm that blew through on Friday. We are so proud of this crew!
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Winner: Troy Merritt
We could not be happier with the conclusion of this week! Troy Merritt was a gracious winner, high-fiving our maintenance crew one by one and giving glory to God in his post-round interview. Congratulations Troy!
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Who to Watch at the Barbasol!
Who to Watch at the Barbasol
 
One of our favorite things about hosting the Barbasol Championship is being able to support local players! Read on to get to know a few of the Kentucky natives who will be playing next week:
 
#1: GROVER JUSTICE
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Grover is an instructor at High Performance Academy and has been part of the Keene Trace family for a long time! He is not only a Kentucky native, but played golf at the University of Kentucky in college. Whether you've been one of his students at HP, met him around Keene Trace, or simply want to support local talent; Grover is definitely one to follow! He answered a few questions for us so that we could get to know him a little better before we see him on the course:
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do at HP:
GJ: I grew up in Pikeville, KY. I attended and played golf at the University of Kentucky. I am married to Heather. We have 2 children, Logan (14) and Madelyn (11). I have been in the golf business for 20 years, as either teaching, playing or as a club professional. I am a teaching professional and a club fitter at High Performance.
What do you love about teaching?
GJ: I love to share my passion of golf with others that have similar interests. I get the opportunity weekly to work with females and males, ages 7 to 90 years old and from 30 handicaps to playing professionals. Each student presents a different challenge that we have to overcome together for them to reach their personal goals. It is very rewarding for me to be a part of other's successes such as tournament wins, scholarships, personal best scores, etc.
Golf is a big part of your life, how did you get into it originally?
GJ: I got into it by playing a par 3 with my dad and brother in Myrtle Beach, SC. I am a very competitive person and they both beat me. From that point on, I was determined to get better.
What are some memorable golf moments for you personally?
GJ: 1) Playing golf for the University of Kentucky and winning 5 individual tournaments
2) Playing what is now the Web.Com tour
3) Having my son, Logan, caddie for me at the National PGA Club Pro Championship last month
4) Playing with "The King", Mr. Palmer, at his course, Bay Hill
So, you're playing in the Barbasol! How did that happen? Is it your first PGA event?
GJ: Yes, I recieved an exemption through the KY section PGA for being named Player of the Year for 2017. Yes, this is my first PGA event.
How are you preparing for the Barbasol?
Preparing for the Barbasol is a bit of a challenge, because of my current teaching schedule. Currently, I play in the section events on Mondays. I am teaching Tuesday through Sunday, but have been reserving late Saturday afternoons for preparing for the tournament.
What are you most excited about for the Barbasol?
I am excited to play in my first PGA tour event and have family, friends, High Performance students, and Keene Trace members supporting me that week.
 
#2 and #3: Chip McDaniel and Cooper Musselman
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McDaniel and Musselman are also UK golf alums, both having graduated in May of this year. Sponsor exemptions are allowing them to play in the Barbasol since neither of them have earned tour cards yet. Beginning a professional career in your home state is a rare opportunity, and it will be exciting for Kentucky fans of all ages to see it play out!
 
#4: Josh Teater (also pictured above!)
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Maybe one of the most well-known Kentuckians at the Barbasol, Teater grew up in Lexington and played on the PGA Tour for a couple years starting in 2010. He is currently playing the Web.com Tour and working to earn back his Tour card. It'll be exciting to see him play for the first time at Champions since the 2004 Kentucky Open!
 
Come out next week to support these Kentuckians, as well as the many other outstanding golfers who will be competing!
 
 
 
B A R B A S O L: Interview with Brooks Downing
B A R B A S O L is less than 2 weeks away! As we get excited for this event that is right around the corner, we thought it would be fitting to look back at an interview we did with Brooks Downing, owner of bD Global, back in November. Now that many of you have begun picking up your VIP Member tickets, signing up to volunteer, and making plans to attend the event; we know you are more curious than ever about what the Barbasol will look like and how it came to Keene Trace! Read on to see our original interview with BD, as well as some additonal information about the Tournament, including member experience perks and player list updates:
 
How did the Barbasol Championship become a possibility, and why was Champions a good fit?
  • BD: In 2014, after the new ownership purchased the golf course, I was asked to help consult with the course regarding marketing. I threw out an idea on bringing back the old Senior Tour that had taken place at Griffin Gate and Kearney Hills from 1983-97. So, being in the golf space - we manage 2 Web.com tour tournaments each January - we reached out to our contacts at the PGA Tour and for 2 years worked on bringing a Champions Tour event to the course. We got close in 2015 and again in 2016, as we needed to raise substantial sponsorship dollars to do so, but could never quite push it across the finish line. Then, this past January (2017) while we were working in the Bahamas, we got a call that the Barbasol Championship was available if we wanted it, and we could not say "Yes" quick enough given that it was a regular tour event tailor made for our community.
How long will the Keene Trace Golf Club be home to the Barbasol Championship?
  • BD: We are initially signing a 4-year agreement, but we hope it has 24 years or more here in the Bluegrass.
In your opinion, what does it mean to a member of Keene Trace that their Club is now host to a PGA Tour event?
  • BD: It's a prestigious honor to be selected as a PGA TOUR site. Think about it, there are only 49 in the world...and one is right here in the Bluegrass. First and foremost, it has to have an active ownership that is prepared to make an investment to become one of the best courses in the entire country. It has to be a course that is designed to be a championship layout that requires shot making by the professionals while providing a terrific spectator experience. Champions checked all of those boxes.
What are some highlights that we can expect to see around the tournament?
  • BD: Not only do we have premium suites available around 17 and 18 - and be mindful that we are flipping the nines! - but we will feature the Seattle Slew Club tent on the 17 fairway whereby fans can reserve a table of 10. We have created a couple of venues out on the course to attract people to get out and about to see the tournament, such as the Grey Goose tent, the Natty Shack, and a KY Proud village that will feature craft beers, cookouts by the local Cattlemen's Association and the state's Pork Producers, etc. We will also have a Birdies for 30 on a Par 3 where fans can purchase discounted beers for 30 minutes after every birdie is scored on the hole. Again, our goal is to create a big party, where at the end of the day, fans have had a first-class experience and are asking the question, "Who invited all these golfers to our party?"
Wow! Not to mention, members get additional amenities on top of the amazing things Brooks mentioned. For example, Yancey has prepared a stellar menu for the member-only clubhouse featuring things like Mahi Tacos, Buffalo Chicken Tacos, a Pimento Cheese & Fried Onion Burger, Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps, frozen cocktails and milkeshakes, and even a Breaded Frog Leg Platter that you may remember from this year's Member-Member!
 
Another update since Novemeber when we originally interviewed Brooks are some of the first-class player commitments that have been made to the Barbasol. Not just one, but FIVE former major championship winners have committed to the Barbasol Championship. This list includes Davis Love III, Retief Goosen, Brittany Lincicome, Angel Cabrera, and Y.E. Yang! As Brooks Downing puts it, "With these accomplished stars in the field along with all the young up-and-coming talent on the PGA Tour, the four days of competition will be very intriguing and entertaing to watch."
 
Yes, they will! We'll see you in 12 short days at the Barbasol!
 
Friday Introductions: Matthew McCrady
It's that time again! We love taking Fridays to introduce the people who make Keene Trace what it is. We love our staff and want you all to get to know them even beyond what they do at Keene Trace. Today we are getting to know one of our newest additions to the Keene Trace family, Matthew McCrady! He started about a month ago as an assistant golf professional, and has fit right in to our team here. Read on to get to know him a little better:
 
What is your role at Keene and how long have you been here?
I’m an assistant golf professional working towards full PGA member status. And I’m fresh into my second month here.
 
How did you get into golf?
I grew up watching Tiger and started playing around 5 years old with my dad while learning from my uncle who has been a teaching professional for 40+ years.  
 
Why do you love being part of the Keene Trace family?
I love being here at Keene, the members are fantastic and welcoming. The staff we have now might be one of the best in the US, and what’s not to love about the Barbasol Championship being held here.
 
Memorable golf moment?
I remember my first birdie at the course I grew up at, I might have been 8 or 9. I hit an iron approach and the ball hit a sprinkler head to bounce on the green and roll in the hole from 50 yards.
 
What do you like to do in your free time?
When not at work, you will usually still see me around. I love to practice and play a lot of golf. If not here, I’m usually with friends hanging out and probably deciding where to eat dinner at.
 
If you haven't met Matthew yet, make sure to say hi next time you see him! 
PICKLEBALL!

Any pickleball players out there? We heard that it was the fastest growing sport in America, so we’re trying it out at the club! Since many of you are new to the game like us, we thought you might enjoy reading some of the history of the game as well as the rules and how to play:

HISTORY:

Although the game has gotten more attention in recent years, it’s actually been around since 1965. It was invented by a group of dads trying to cure their kids' summer boredom….and named after one of their dogs, Pickles! Despite it’s lighthearted start in a backyard, the game now has a national governing body called the United States of America Pickleball Association and is taken very seriously by players all over the country. The game’s popularity is most likely due to its extreme versatility; it is played by people of all ages, genders and fitness levels. They have even provided modified rules so that wheelchair players and standing players can play against each other!

RULES AND HOW TO PLAY:

Below you will find a basic rules overview, straight from the USAPA website. This should help you get a feel for how the game works, but it’s always easier to learn in person! Come out to our tennis courts at Keene Run on July 4th at 1.30PM to see an adult doubles exhibition match. Our July 4th pool party will be going on that day as well, so you can come out early to grab barbecue lunch and free Kona Ice before checking out the pickleball match!

BASIC RULES OVERVIEW

Pickleball is played either as doubles (two players per team) or singles; doubles are most common.The same size playing area and rules are used for both singles and doubles

The Serve

  • The serve must be made underhand.
  • Paddle contact with the ball must be below the server’s waist (navel level).
  • The serve is initiated with at least one foot behind the baseline; neither foot may contact the baseline or court until after the ball is struck.
  • The serve is made diagonally crosscourt and must land within the confines of the opposite diagonal court.
  • Only one serve attempt is allowed, except in the event of a let (the ball touches the net on the serve and lands on the proper service court; let serves are replayed).

 Service Sequence

  • Both players on the serving doubles team have the opportunity to serve and score points until they commit a fault *(except for the first service sequence of each new game).
  • The first serve of each side-out is made from the right/even court.
  • If a point is scored, the server switches sides and the server initiates the next serve from the left/odd court.
  • As subsequent points are scored, the server continues switching back and forth until a fault is committed and the first server loses the serve.
  • When the first server loses the serve the partner then serves from their correct side of the court (except for the first service sequence of the game*).
  • The second server continues serving until his team commits a fault and loses the serve to the opposing team.
  • Once the service goes to the opposition (at side out), the first serve is from the right/even court and both players on that team have the opportunity to serve and score points until their team commits two faults.
  • In singles the server serves from the right/even court when his or her score is even and from the left/odd when the score is odd.

*At the beginning of each new game only one partner on the serving team has the opportunity to serve before faulting, after which the service passes to the receiving team.

 Scoring

  • Points are scored only by the serving team.    
  • Games are normally played to 11 points, win by 2.
  • Tournament games may be to 15 or 21, win by 2.
  • When the serving team’s score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) the player who was the first server in the game for that team will be in the right/even court when serving or receiving; when odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) that player will be in the left/odd court when serving or receiving.

 Two-Bounce Rule

  • When the ball is served, the receiving team must let it bounce before returning, and then the serving team must let it bounce before returning, thus two bounces.
  • After the ball has bounced once in each team’s court, both teams may either volley the ball (hit the ball before it bounces) or play it off a bounce (ground stroke).
  • The two-bounce rule eliminates the serve and volley advantage and extends rallies.

 Non-Volley Zone

  • The non-volley zone is the court area within 7 feet on both sides of the net.
  • Volleying is prohibited within the non-volley zone. This rule prevents players from executing smashes from a position within the zone.
  • It is a fault if, when volleying a ball, the player steps on the non-volley zone, including the line and/or when the player’s momentum causes them or anything they are wearing or carrying to touch the non-volley zone including the associated lines.
  • It is a fault if, after volleying, a player is carried by momentum into or touches the non-volley zone, even if the volleyed ball is declared dead before this happens.
  • A player may legally be in the non-volley zone any time other than when volleying a ball.
  • The non-volley zone is commonly referred to as “the kitchen.”

Line Calls

  • A ball contacting any line, except the non-volley zone line on a serve, is considered “in.”
  • A serve contacting the non-volley zone line is short and a fault.

 Faults

  • A fault is any action that stops play because of a rule violation.
  • A fault by the receiving team results in a point for the serving team.
  • A fault by the serving team results in the server’s loss of serve or side out.

 Determining Serving Team

  • Any fair method can be used to determine which player or team has first choice of side, service, or receive. (Example: Write a 1 or 2 on the back of the score sheet.)

 

If you have questions about pickleball at the club, email Alli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have questions about the game, check out https://www.usapa.org. We can’t wait to see you all on July 4th and get this Pickleball thing going!

Friday Introductions: Zach Meadows!
Zach Meadows has been around Keene Trace for awhile now, so many of you have already gotten to know him. He is known for being one of the funniest people on our team, and of course being awesome at his job! Maybe one day we will convince him to let us do a video interview, but for now he let us ask him a few questions so that you all could get to know him and his adorable family a little better:
How did you get into the golf world?
  • I fell in love with the game when I was 12 years old, playing with my dad. He taught me how to play and it was a great way to spend time together. I started working as a cart boy at Paintsville Country Club, and really became obsessed with the business and operation of golf. That led me to enter the PGA Associates program, and I am currently working toward a Class A membership.
How long have you been at Keene Trace and what is your role here?
  • This is my second season at Keene Trace, and I am the 1st assistant golf professional.
What do you do when you aren’t at Keene?
  •  I like to hang out with my wife and two children whenever I get the chance. My son Jaxson has finally become interested in golf, so we try to play as much as possible. I also really love cooking and trying out new recipes. *Editor's note: Now we know who is making our next staff dinner :)
Can you share a fun fact about yourself with us?
  • My dad and I share the same birthday!
What are you most excited about with the upcoming Barbasol Championship?
  • I am most excited that our members get to be part of this event, and the exposure and prestige it will bring to the club. Personally, I'm excited to see how our golf course stands up to the world's best golfers!
And of course, we have to cap off our introduction with a few pictures of Zach and his family! If you see them around, make sure to say hi!
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Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club

This past Thursday, Keene Trace staff took a trip to Dublin, OH to check out the Memorial tournament. We thought this would be the best way to prepare for our own PGA event, the Barbasol Championship, coming up July 16-22nd. We had a blast and wanted to share a few highlights with you all!

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Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH

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One of my personal favorite parts was exploring the media room and getting to see the huge leaderboard. Jack insists that everything be kept very traditional, which creates a really cool, nostalgic feel to the tournament.

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You all probably recognize this room. I am very disappointed that none of our staff got a picture standing at the podium!

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At the short game area, every player had their own specific bag of golf balls to practice with. It was fun to see all the details that go into a PGA event!

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We all had to try their famous milkshakes! I got the buckeye flavor and it was as good as they say!
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And of course, we did watch some golf while we were there! What a lineup we saw here with Johnson, Day, McIlRoy

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Rory McIlroy on #8. Looks like he likes his drive!

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Sadly, this was the only group picture we got and not everyone made it in. But, we had a great time exploring as a staff and cannot wait to experience the Barbasol along with all of you all in July!

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We've all heard something along these lines about the negatives of playing golf with your significant other! It's funny and probably true in some cases, but we want to bust the myth that playing golf as a couple has to be stressful. Actually, we think it can be pretty great, and here are a few reasons why:

1. If one of you doesn't know how to play golf, joining a couples' league can be the perfect way to learn. Couples' leagues usually have a more laid-back feel than other leagues which helps take the pressure off.

2. Joining a couples' league means you will also get to meet other members. Playing a round of golf gives you plenty of time to get to know other couples in a fun, relaxed setting.

3. Playing golf with your signficant other not only gives you a common interest, but you can work toward goals together, too! After you're both comfortable playing, you can get competitive by signing up for local tournaments together.

4. Most importantly, in the midst of school, work, raising kids and whatever else may be filling up your schedule; playing golf with your significant other gives you a few hours of uninterrupted time to connect and have fun together. What could be better than that?

So, what are you waiting for? Keene Trace Couples' 9 and Keene Night Live starts on May 25th! Our couples' 9 league will play every Friday, and will be followed by Keene Night Live twice a month. Keene Night Live includes live music and dinner specials and is open to any members!

This Friday, May 25th, play will begin at 6PM at Keene Run. RSVP your team to the golf shop by noon on Friday to play. See you there!

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Course Changes: Getting Champion Trace PGA ready!

As many of you know, we have been busy getting our Champion Trace course PGA ready! Here is a little update on some of the course changes that are going on in preparation for the Barbasol:

1. BUNKER WORK

Bunker work began in April, giving our crew plenty of time get our bunkers in excellent condition for summer play!
 
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2. POND BANK UPDATES

Cole Sander Golf group started work on pond banks earlier this month. This group has also done upgrades at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, a previous host of the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup!
 
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3. NEW BARBASOL TEES

Barbasol tees are being added on No. 2 and No. 3 at Champions. This is another project being done by the Cole Sanders Golf group!
 
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4. EXPANDED SHORT GAME AREA

Our newly expanded short game area at Champions will be open soon!
 
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5. GPS CART SYSTEM

We have recently installed GPS systems in cart fleets at both courses, an improvement that will benefit Keene Trace members year round!

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These changes are just a sample of the exciting things happening around Keene Trace this summer. Our Champion Trace course is undergoing new construction projects weekly in order to be PGA ready in July. We could not be more excited about the Barbasol and the lasting impact this historic event will have on our course!
Junior Golf Update
Hello from Keene Trace Golf Club!
We want to give you an update on all that's going on in our Junior Golf Program. We have amazing talent among our junior golfers and we are priveleged to be able to offer them new and exciting ways to better their game through High Performance Golf Academy. We want to make sure you all are aware of all the opportunites that come getting your Junior golfer into our programs!
These programs and camps are all uniquely designed to accommodate players of different skill levels, giving them specialized instruction tailored to their individual game. This year, HP launched an incredible new program called "Operation:Next" that focuses on junior player development. This program is designed for players ages 6-18, teaching them fundamentals such as how to shoot par, pace of play, rules and etiquette of the game. It is no surprise that this program filled up quickly, but if you didn't get a chance to sign up don't worry; there are plenty of other summer opportunites for junior golfers to develop their game!
Below you will find a Junior Camp FAQ and also a list of camp dates.
Click the second photo to access the registration page for any of these events! 
 
Contact Megan Kinney with questions or to get signed up!
502-330-5654 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
We look forward to helping your child advance in the game of golf!
 
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New Year's Resolutions Will Make You a Better Golfer

New Year’s Resolutions Will Make You a Better Golfer

During the 2016-2017 PGA season, one pro stood out among the many talented men on tour. Justin Thomas, a fellow Kentuckian, went above and beyond to win 5 tournaments, capture a major, win the FedEx Cup, and that’s just scratching the surface. All his accomplishments added up to earning him the honors of Player of the Year.

Yes, a boy from Kentucky shocked the world by edging out the biggest names in golf—Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, who all fell short to the unrivaled performance of Justin Thomas.

Even more shocking, Thomas had taken the time to write down every goal he wanted to achieve during the year. He designed a plan and by the end of the season had knocked off almost every item on his list.

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This should stand as motivation for every golfer. Set a list of goals, make a plan, and see what happens. And what better time to do that than at the beginning of 2018?

This year, try writing a list of measurable, realistic and achievable objectives. This will hold you accountable for your golf game throughout the year. For extra accountability, talk to your golf buddies or family about these goals so they can help you accomplish each objective.

Think about what you want to get out of the game of golf—not every golfer will need to set goals about winning or improving your stats. Some might need to focus on mental game or their time put in playing, for others maybe it's best to set fun goals like playing a new game on the course each week with your buddies.

Each golfer is different, so each list will be as well. 

Examples of golf goals for 2018:

  • Truly enjoy every opportunity that you get to play or practice golf. Too many golfers spend their time on the course frustrated or disappointed, when we are truly fortunate to get to play this crazy game. (And yes, that means even when you start your round with two doubles. It happens—deep breaths!)
  • Hit an average of 12 greens per round. This gives you an incentive to work on your approach shot accuracy. More focused range practice, less raking balls to hit mindlessly.
  • Take 2 golf lessons a month. Our top-notch staff at the High Performance Golf Academy can help get your game on the track you desire.
  • Go on a golf trip with your buddies. Is there anything better than a vacation filled with golf? Take a page out of the #SB2k17 vacation book with Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Smiley Kauffman and Justin Thomas—a trip with your best friends may be just what you need in 2018!
  • Win the Bourbon Duck Tournament. Keene Trace Golf Club's biggest and most competitive tournament of the year. If that’s your major tournament, plan your practice schedule a month or two in advance. It’s grind time to take home the title of being the 2018 Bourbon Duck Champion.
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New Year, New Blog!

 Welcome to the Keene Trace Golf Club blog!

We are SO excited to start this adventure. As we enter 2018, we have a lot to look forward to—new leagues, new events, and new members in our Keene Trace family. Not to mention, the PGA TOUR will return to the Bluegrass State on our very own Champion Trace golf course!

(Who else is counting down the minutes?!)

With all these exciting opportunities and changes, we are challenging ourselves to be better each day for our members. This blog is one of our new projects. Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop portal of articles, videos and interactive activities. We will keep you updated on everything you need to know about the club—including the changes you can expect to see and the exclusive inside scoop for the Barbasol Championship!

Whether you’re new to our family, or a returning member, we are continuously working to provide you the best experiences and memories on and off the golf course. Therefore, this blog is for you—we’re here to provide you with content you want to see.

If you have any suggestions, questions, comments or feedback, please don’t hesitate to let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are looking forward to an opportunity-filled 2018! Check out our next post tomorrow!

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