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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:


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


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!


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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Our newly expanded short game area at Champions will be open soon!
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We have recently installed GPS systems in cart fleets at both courses, an improvement that will benefit Keene Trace members year round!

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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Friday Introductions: Alli Butler
Friday Introductions: Alli Butler
This week, we got the chance to sit down with our newest addition to the Keene Trace team, Alli Butler (soon to be Young!). She joined us earlier this month and will be focusing on marketing and events. We asked her a few questions so you all could get to know her a little better! 
Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? What school(s) did you attend? 
“Absolutely. I grew up in Nicholasville and went to LCA for high school. I love Lexington, but when it came time to choose a college I felt like going away was the more admirable, adventurous thing to do. I went on countless college visits, including a “just for fun” tour of the University of Kentucky. I ended up falling in love with the campus and am now a senior there! Going to UK was not what I expected for college, but it has been the most fun years of my life. Graduating this year will be bittersweet for sure!” 
How did you get involved in the golf industry? 
“My role at Keene Trace is on the marketing side of things, so my background is more in marketing than golf. However, my fiancé played golf for LCA while we were dating and is now on the Transylvania team, so I’ve loved being around the golf industry through him. He started teaching me to play last year, and being at Keene just makes me more excited to keep learning!” 
What are you most looking forward to in 2018?
“Well, I am getting married in June so it’s hard to top that! Beyond that, I am just excited for this summer at Keene Trace. I could not have joined the team at a better time! Of course, I am probably most excited for the Barbasol in July. I’m also looking forward to the opening of Sweat Keene Trace this summer. I am so thankful to be a part of all of it!”

Top Three Reasons Why NOW is the Perfect Time to Start Golfing!

1) Beautiful Spring Weather!

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With temperatures in the high 70s, weather conditions are perfect for a round of golf! Learning a new sport (or picking back up an old one!) can be a challenge, but warm temperatures, sunny skies and beautiful scenery make even the worst day on the golf course better than a good day in the office.

2) Surf the Earth with a GolfBoard!

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Why ride a typical golf cart when you can Surf the Earth with one of our state-of-the-art GolfBoards? Keene Trace is the only place in Central Kentucky where you can. Not only are GolfBoards more fun, they allow you to play even more golf by speeding up your pace of play!

3) Put your practice to the test by participating in exciting summer events!


Lastly, picking up golf in the spring gives you just the right amount of time to get comfortable enough to participate in fun member events like our Member-Member Tournament on June 9. Even if you're a beginner, playing in tournaments is a great way to put your practice to the test with a little fun competition while meeting other members... and hey, you may even bring home a trophy!

Keene Trace Golf Club is the place to be this golf season. Whether you're completely new to golf, picking it back up after a long time, or just wanting to improve your game; there is no better time than NOW!

Email Lauren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to talk about membership.






Friday Introductions: Zak Duff

Zak has worked at Keene Trace for a few years now and was recently named our Director of Golf. We love having him here at Keene Trace and want to give you all a chance to get to know him a little better!  

Check out our video, and feel free to email Zak if you have any questions about the upcoming golf season!

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Junior Golf | Pt. 1
Junior Programs: Why Junior Golf?
Happy Friday, everyone! Spring can only mean one thing: golf season is upon us! My name is Megan Kinney, and I am the new Junior Golf Director for the High Performance Golf Academy located at Keene Trace Golf Club.
Below, I have attached a video introducing myself and giving a little more information about a couple programs we have planned for our juniors!
A little more about my junior golf story...
I started my golf career at a junior camp. I had never touched a club before and I can remember telling my Dad to not leave me there alone. I was so nervous. And yet, it was at that camp that I fell in love with the game. It was there that I felt the joy from hitting a good shot or sinking a putt. Because of that camp, I begged my Dad to take me to the driving range everyday after. Ultimately, I owe my entire love for the game to that little golf camp.
Golf was the thing that kept me out of trouble. It was my motivation. It taught me the value of hard work and sacrifice. And, golf taught me how to handle heartbreak. Because, let's be real, we fail more times than we succeed in this game. I can't tell you how many times I missed a putt on the last hole, or hit one out of bounds in a playoff, or made a silly mistake that ended up costing me. That's just the game. I would look at my Dad on our drive home with tears in my eyes and make the empty promise to swear off the game for good. Yet the next day, I would be out there practicing, pushing myself to be better.
My love for the game always outweighed the feeling of defeat. Golf was my home. My safe place. And no matter what, it will always be the sport that provides me that comfort. 
I think was my biggest benefit from golf was the bond it gave me with my Dad. We had always been best friends, but golf gave me so much time with him. I lucked out-- my Dad isn't a normal "golf dad". He never got mad, and he never forced me to practice. He was just along for the ride. He is truly my biggest fan. I can't tell you how many nights he stayed out on the golf course as I hit wedge shot after wedge shot to him in the dark. He would take me early in the morning to putt until my hands went numb. He went to almost every tournament of my career. Countless hours on the road together led to our best conversations. He would sing my favorite songs with me as we traveled to a tournament, and no matter what score I shot, he would always make me laugh on our way back. He is the person that believes in me even when I don't believe in myself. People think you'll only remember your wins but as I get older, I realize that golf gave me something that can never be repayed. It gave me an unbreakable, unwaivering bond with my best friend. 
So, if you find yourself wondering why should I put my kid in junior golf? I can honestly tell you, the benefits are countless.
I really look forward to working with and investing in our juniors at the academy and Keene Trace Golf Club. I promise to work tirelessly to help each junior accomplish their individual goals-- on and off the golf course.
Click here to learn about our Summer Junior Program, OPERATION: NEXT!
Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Megan Kinney
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Calling all Barbasol Championship Volunteers!
The Barbasol Championship requires 1500 volunteers. That's right... 1500! Local volunteers are crucial to the success of the tournament and we look forward to showcasing the bluegrass hospitality only found in central Kentucky. With that being said, we need YOU! Why spectate when you can be hands on in all the action?! Our members get priority pick over the different volunteer opportunities so be sure to take advantage and register now!Screen Shot 2018 03 06 at 2.07.24 PM
All volunteers are required to pay $75 for the volunteer package. The volunteer package includes the following:
  • Nike polo shirt
  • Nike hat
  • Four good-any-day grounds passes
  • Parking pass
  • Food and beverage during shift
There are many different volunteer areas you may choose from. To read more about specific volunteer jobs and descriptions, please visit: http://barbasolchampionshipky.com/volunteer/
Volunteer regsitration is taken online through the link we sent out in this week's newsletter. All volunteers will be asked to create a member login and from there, you may make your volunteer selections, noting your availability. You may update your information on your member login at any time, should your availability change between now and the time of the tournament. 
The member window to register is now-March 15th. Please don't hesitate to contact Volunteer Coordinator, Vanessa Taylor, should you have questions. She may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We look forward to taking part in showcasing our club with you as we #bringonthebarbasol! 

Get Your Swing Ready for Spring
With Spring right around the corner, now is the time to brush the dust off your clubs and gear up for the upcoming season. To help get your game ready, Larry Ward is with us offering key tips to achieve the perfect swing.
Larry is Owner and Lead Instructor at High Performance Golf Academy, located here at Keene Trace. High Performance Golf Academy is the state-of-art teaching facility, featuring award winning PGA Professionals that are ready to take your game to the next level. This covered and heated 5-bay teaching facility is equipped with cutting edge technology, providing everything you need for either the occasional tune-up or long-term training. Members have access to the facility and receive discounts on services offered at HP. 
Like Larry's tip? Hear more at our upcoming Live with Larry Event
Join us 6pm THIS Thursday as Larry will be with us for a night of Q & A. Whether you're curious about which clubs to buy for 2018, or how to perfect a part of your game, Larry will cover it all! 
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PGA TOUR Talk | Pt. 2

Last Thursday's TOUR Talk featured bdGlobal President and Barbasol tournament operator, Brooks Downing. Brooks brought a packed house with him and gave us all up-to-date information on the logistical side of the Barbasol tournament. From course conditions, to hospitality, sponsorship, and an overview of the week's event schedule, Brooks covered all the major elements and painted an exciting picture of what we can expect once its tournament time. I think it's safe to say that we all left hyped up about the fun that is just around the corner... Bring on the Barbasol! 

If you missed last night's event, here is a recap of his presentation. 

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Currently, course projects are well underway. Projects include tree removal, bunker work, construction of pro tees and pond bank beautification. bdGlobal has a marketing plan set in place to take effect mid-April. Look for Barbasol marketing in areas such as billboards, radio and television. In addition to Lexington, the goal is to attract areas beyond Lexington, such as the Golden Triangle. Lastly, decisions are being made for tenting structures which will be provided by Colonnade, law enforcement, security and parking for the tournament.

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The slide above reflects a tentative layout of the hospitality venues located around tournament #18. The goal is to provide premier viewing  areas for courporate sponsorships, as well as stadium seating for the public. How awesome will it be to have prime tournament viewing of the finishing three holes?! 

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The above overview of Champions reflects the various fun tournament experiences onsite that a guest will encounter during their day at the Barbasol. We will have a "Kentucky Proud" area,  grilling up local meats and beverages. Another fun attraction a guest will see onsite is a "Birdies for 30" spot in which cheap beverages will be sold for thirty minutes each time a birdie is hit. 

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Brooks gave us a sponsorship update, giving insight to current sponsorships sold, pending and under discussion. Corporations exploring sponsorship opportunities may choose from chalets, suites, tents or tables as potential spaces to rent for entertaining clients and guests. To inquire on these options, please contact Brian Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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The topic of volunteer opportunities was a large part of the evening's  TOUR Talk. This tournament will require around 1500 volunteers, ranging anywhere from working with the Golf Channel in the media tent to assisting with childcare for players' wives. bdGlobal has recently hired a Volunteer Coordinator, set to start this week, so be on the lookout for volunteer opportunity information soon! Members will have the first pick in selecting volunteering positions.

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Above is a sampling of various volunteer positions to choose from. If you have experience in any of these areas, please contact Lauren at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Next PGA TOUR Talk is 6pm Thursday, March 1st at Champions.


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.


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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