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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.


PGA TOUR Talk | Pt. 1
 Can you believe the Barbasol Championship is making its debut to our very own Champion Trace in just a little over five months (5 months, 21 days, 20 hours, 16 minutes... but who's counting?!). With the tournament right around the corner, NOW is the time to get the momentum going for what will be an amazing event experience right here on our home turf!
This past week, we hosted our first PGA TOUR Talk night; an event series aimed at giving our membership an "inside the ropes" perspective of what the Barbasol Championship will look like for us as a club and for you as a member. Evan kicked off our series by sharing an overview of the tentative tournament schedule, as well as a hole by hole view at priority changes and enhancements to be made on the course in preparation for the tournament's arrival.
For those unable to attend last Thursday, here is presentation for your review. 
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Don't miss our next TOUR Talk featuring the President of bd Global, Brooks Downing. bd Global is one of the fastest growing sports marketing agencies in the U.S.  and will serve as operator  for the Barbasol Championship. During this TOUR Talk, Downing will offer insight into tournament logistics, as well as volunteer and hospitality opportunities associated around the event. 
This TOUR Talk will take place 6pm Thursday, February 8th. 
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Ranking the Top 5 Golf Movies
A Definitive Rank of the Top 5 Golf Movies
As we enter the weekend, why not take this opportunity to brush up on your golf cinema? I have ranked the Top 5 Best Golf Movies. Grab some popcorn and use these movie nights as a way to pass the time before you're out on the course yourself!
5. The Legend of Bagger Vance
Let's start with just some cast highlights-- Will Smith, Matt Damon and Charlize Theron. A movie that focuses on the mental aspect of the game, we watch as a man faces the struggles of his past while preparing to play the most important golf round of his life. The Legend of Bagger Vance acknowledges the correlation of golf and life. Good movie, good plot, great cast. This movie is believable too in the sense that it tries to honestly capture the emotions of what a golfer faces. It shows that you cannot do this alone. Lean on the people rooting for your success.
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4. Happy Gilmore
Some have tried to argue that this movie is easily top 3 if not top 2, but it slips into the number 4 spot for me. Adam Sandler will make you laugh until you cry while delivering memorable quotes and scenes throughout the movie. I've seen many people attempt the famed Happy Gilmore running drive. Oh, and never forget that Shooter McGavin blew a 4-stroke lead on the back nine. It's a movie that every golfer needs to see. ASAP.
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3. The Greatest Game Ever Played
On a more serious note, The Greatest Game Ever Played never fails to remind me how rewarding the game of golf can be. It's the kind of movie you watch when you need to be reminded of your love for the game. Let's face it, golf is hard. And it's even harder to be an elite player. However, at the end of the day, it challenges us to be a better competitor, athlete, and person. This movie serves as a perfect reminder of just how lucky we are to spend our days on the course. The Greatest Game Ever Played showcases the dedication, hardwork, and focus required to compete with the best. Just remember when things get tough on the greens to "read it, roll it, hole it."
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2. Tin Cup
Plain and simple, golfers love Tin Cup because Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner) is so darn relatable. If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that golfers are (usually) stubborn characters. We wear our heart on our sleeve and this movie takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. Tin Cup is one movie you can watch over and over again. I will always stop to watch Roy play the last hole of the US Open. I keep hoping that at least once he'll choose to lay up but each time it never fails that he reaches out his hand to his caddy Romeo asking for another ball. Oh, and can we all agree that shanking the ball on the range is absolutely mortifying? At least now I know to double knot my left shoelace and put a tee behind my left ear to fix all my problems.
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1. Caddyshack
Is there a more iconic golf movie? I went back and forth between Tin Cup and Caddyshack but at the end of the day when I think of golf cinema, my mind goes straight to Carl Spackler, those goofy golfers, and one determined, grounds-destroying gopher. After spending countless hours at golf courses, very rarely does a day go by that I don't hear someone paying homage to this movie. It supplied us with multiple quotes and laughs to fuel our golf matches for a lifetime. This movie isn't going anywhere fast-- and golfers will be saying "So what? Let's dance." for years to come. 
P.s. Can we take a moment to acknowledge that Keene Trace's course superintendent is also named Carl? Could it be more perfect?
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Honorable Mention: Seven Days in Utopia
If you haven't seen this movie, I highly suggest watching it-- especially for younger golfers who have high aspirations for their golf game. This movie tackles what it feels like to be embarrassed by the game of golf. It walks you through the life events after a young, talented golfer has a public meltdown in his first big break on tour. This movie will teach you a lesson on being humble, something I think we can all benefit from once in a while. It's a short movie, at just under an hour and a half, and I think it's worth a shot if you haven't already seen it.
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After this snowy weekend, we thought you may need a good laugh. We are officially unveiling our blooper video from the virtual tour series of our club that we released in November and December. After multiple takes, a couple "cuts", and countless laughs, we were able to talk with some key members of our Keene Trace Staff. Now, we want to show you some exclusive, never before seen footage!
Sit back, press play, and laugh along with us as we reveal the "not so glamorous" side of doing interviews.
After that, feel free to checkout our Youtube channel to see the original interview series, in which we took a deeper look at each department and what they offer here at Keene Trace!
We taped the series in hopes that viewers gain insight to our club and our mission here.
Stay warm-- happy Monday!
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Five Benefits of Yoga for Golfers
Five Benefits of Yoga for Golfers
 Here at Keene Trace, we are eagerly looking forward to an upcoming Candlelight Yoga event on Sunday! We thought we would review the ways yoga can help us shave strokes on the course.
Did we find a way we can relax mentally and physically improve our golf game?
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1. Strength
Often we think of strength being a direct correlation to weight-lifting and body-building. However, as golfers, we focus on improving our strength in very specific areas-- with a focal concentration on our core. Yoga is an activity that is guaranteed to strengthen your core. Take a break from the basic situps and crunches and grab yourself a yoga mat for a fun alternative.
2. Endurance
As you practice your repetition of yoga poses, and improve your ability to hold the position over an extended period of time, your muscular endurance will increase. This is a huge advantage for a golfer! Being able to repeat your swing and not get tired will make 18 holes a breeze. You'll be the first to convince your buddies that an "extra 9" won't hurt!
3. Flexibility
Yoga is the perfect way to loosen up those tight muscles. Over time, you'll notice your range of mobility will increase. If your muscles and joints can move faster, you will be able to naturally increase the speed in your golf swing. And if you can increase speed the correct way, you can improve your distance. A full range of motion will help you bomb it down the fairways!
4. Balance
Our golf swing works best when we achieve unwavering stability. Poses in yoga are designed for you to practice finding your center of gravity. As you become more aware of your balance, your golf swing will improve. Swinging "out of your shoes" can be fun on the range, but for a reliable swing it's all about the finishing pose. 
5. Mental Health
Quite possibly the most important part of our golf game is the mental aspect. Yoga is centered around the concept of finding inner peace. It is the nature of the mind and how your emotions connect to your physicallity. Yoga will assist a golfer in controlling their emotions, bettering their focus, and improving their concentration. These elements can be used to reach your peak performance in golf. 
Keene Trace Golf Club is proud to partner with SWEAT Lexington for a pop-up yoga class with Casey Kerris on Sunday, January 14th at 7:30 pm in the Keene Run Clubhouse!
Join us for Candlelight Yoga as we have a restorative reset.
Spots are limited-- guests welcome!
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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.


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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