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Did you know that Keene Trace offers club repair services? As the summer winds down, now is the perfect time to get your club repair needs taken care of!
Grip Change
Grips need to be changed once a year for the average player with normal wear and tear. Grip changes cost $3 a club in addition to the cost of the grip. We also have the ability to save a grip when switching it out before it's worn for $5.
Shaft Replacement
We can replace steel shafts for $12 plus cost of shaft and graphite for $20 plus cost of shaft.
Counter Weight Adjustment
Adding weight to the grip end of the putter helps balance the overall weight of the putter. $10 per club.
Club Coloring
Give your clubs a personalized touch by customizing the color fill. $10 per club. Discount available for multiple clubs.
Length Adjustment
Having the correct club length will promote good posture and provide a more comfortable set up for the golfer. $5 to shorten a club (plus the cost of a regrip). $6 for a steel extension or $8 for a graphite extension.
Lie/Loft Adjustments
Lie and loft adjustments are often overlooked by the average golfer. The angles at which we make impact are different for each player, so having the correct lie angle for you is a small adjustment that can make a big difference. Loft adjustments can help close in the gaps between clubs. $5 per club. Discount available for multiple clubs.
Email Alex at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (859) 224-4653 to set up an appointment with one of our golf professionals today!
Aerification Schedule and Understanding DryJect
Aerification Schedule:
Keene Run: September 4th through 7th
Champion Trace: Week of September 17th
FAQs About Aerification:
Why do we need to aerify?
Many of you who have been around the golf world for a long time and are very familiar with the aerification process. Basically, aerification is the process of punching holes in the greens and fairways to allow air to get into the soil underneath. If you think about all the pressure contstant footsteps and mowers are putting on the course, you will understand how compacted the soil can get and why this process is fundamental to a healthy course.
Why does aerification usually happen during peak course conditions and playing weather?
The timing of aerification can be a source of frustration for many golfers, but knowing the reasoning behind it may make it easier to understand. Peak course conditions and nice weather are ideal for aerification because the course can heal best in these conditions. The strong grass and consistently good weather allow for the course to heal quickly and fully. If it were to happen in the winter, the course would not be able to heal in the same way.
FAQs About DryJect:
What is DryJect?
DryJect is a machine that aerates, topdresses and amends in one pass. Essentially, it blasts aeration holes through the root zone while simultaneously filling with amendment. It is the only machine that can inject while aerating!
How does it benefit Keene Trace members?
Keene Trace owns the Kentucky DryJect franchise because we believe in it's ability to improve infiltration, air porosity and water retention. All of this allows the course to heal more quickly following aerification and to be healthier overall. Not to mention it helps to speed up the aerification process itself. For you, that means courses in their best shape and more time to play them!
Friday Introductions: Jessica Meadows
Jessica joined our team earlier this summer working with our superintendent Carl Gray. She joined just in time for the Barbasol and played a crucial role in helping with maintenance and volunteers during that week. We have loved getting to know her and hope you all do, too!
What is your role at Keene Trace and how long have you been here?
I work as part of the turf crew as the assistant to Carl Gray. I have been here for 4 months!
Do you play golf? If not, what drew you to this job?
 I am not an avid golfer, but I know the game. I love working in the sports industry and planning events, and I wanted to be able to experience this side of the golf world.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love being with my family, watching my daughter play softball, being outdoors and traveling.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself!
I have lived in 7 different states and Germany!
Lastly, you had a unique perspective of the Barbasol working on the maintenance side of things. What were some of your favorite parts of the experience?
Never working a PGA event, my experience as a whole was amazing. I can honestly say I never knew how much work it took to make an event like this so successful! Being "behind the scenes" has given me a new respect for the turf crews in the golf industry. It isn't easy. With that being said, I am so blessed to work here and for Carl Gray. He is an outstanding leader, knowledgable of every aspect, and takes pride in his crew!
Jessica is an awesome addition to our Keene Trace family - we hope you enjoyed getting to know her!
Friday Introductions: Carol Kearns
Carol has been with us for awhile, but since she has a much more behind-the-scenes role we thought you all might like to get to know a little more about her. We are so grateful to have her as part of our team!
What is your role at Keene Trace and how long have you been here?
I am the club accountant and I have been at Keene Trace since the beginning.
Do you play golf?
No, but many of my family members play and I love the game!
Tell us a little about your family!
I married my high school sweetheart and we celebrated our 34th anniversary on Saturday of the Barbasol! We have three daughters, two son-in-laws, and three grandchildren with one on the way!
What are your favorite hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My grandbabies especially warm my heart and make me smile!
Tell us a fun fact about you!
I drove a golf cart for the first time the Sunday before the Barbasol. And, my brother is one of my bosses :)
We hope you all enjoy getting to know our awesome staff a little better. Make sure to say hi to Carol and thank her for all she does next time you see her!
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!
ball marks
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
Cream Summer Music Festival Concert Program 2
Dive-In Movie
Pickleball 101
Teal Golf Gear Illustration Golf Poster 2
Club Championships
Click the picture for more details and to register!
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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:
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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!)
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!
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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