Champion Trace

The Champion Trace course at Keene Trace Golf Club was designed by world renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills and built in 1987 by Tom Heilbron, a former president and current member. Although Arthur Hills has left his mark on many areas throughout the country, he put a special touch on Champion Trace in the late 1980s. Since its inception, Champion Trace has been rated as one of the best courses in the state of Kentucky. Champion Trace has obtained state, regional and national prominence as a world-class golf course by hosting events such as:

TPC ACCREDITATION


  • PGA TOUR Barbasol Championship (through 2023)
  • NCAA Divison III Golf Championship (May 2019)
  • NCAA Men's Golf Championship
  • USGA Senior Amateur Championship
  • Men's & Women's SEC Championships
  • NCAA Collegiate PreviewWomen's Western Open
  • Multiple KY OpensKY Amateur Championship
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Hole #1 - “Pandora's Box”

Par: 4Handicap: 12

423 398 398 390 318

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Not much trouble on this dogleg right. Bunker left shouldn’t come into play. Long hitters can go with 3-wood off the tee. Green slopes back right to front left. 

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Hole #2 - “Triple Tears”

Par: 5Handicap: 8

549 549 540 510 417

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Multiple tees present different angles to a shallow, tiered green. Deep collection area to left. Important to be on proper tier to avoid nasty putt.

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Hole #3 - “Hard Par”

Par: 4Handicap: 10

413 413 388 364 327

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Demanding hole, with fairway sloping right to left. Long tee ball needed to get to downslope. From there it’s an uphill, 140 to 150 approach. Tight lies from collection areas. Green tilts back right to front left.

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Hole #4 - “Skeleton Springs”

Par: 4Handicap: 2

456 423 403 384 353

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Bunkers to right, thick rough left make this a must-hit fairway because there’s water in front of a shallow, sloping green.

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Hole #5 - “Great Crossings”

Par: 3Handicap: 14

206 206 182 162 136

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Terrific risk-reward hole. Long hitters can get a downhill roll to where it’s a mid- or short-iron second shot. Even those who lay up face tough approach to shallow green guarded by creek in front and bunker back left. 

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Hole #6 - “Boomerang”

Par: 5Handicap: 18

527 504 504 483 423

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Conservative tee shot to wide part of fairway leaves about 160 yards in. Aggressive tee shot carries fairway bunker, leaving about 100 yards in. Green sloping back right to front.

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Hole #7 - "Ambush”

Par: 3Handicap: 16

188 188 171 139 136

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Straight-ahead, slight uphill hole lengthened by new tee to left of 15th green. Need to avoid small pot bunker right center of fairway. Very scoreable for long hitters.

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Hole #8 - “Water's Edge”

Par: 4Handicap: 6

403 403 382 337 260

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Water on left running length of the hole, mounds on right but not penal. Those trying to get home in two can bail out right, although three bunkers come into play. Fairly small green also guarded by bunkers, with water to the left.

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Hole #9 - “The Brink”

Par: 4Handicap: 4

425 389 389 336 285

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Tee shot over water to relatively big green, but could be dicey if wind is blowing and pin is in front. Entertaining finishing hole in tournament play.

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Hole #10 - “Glacial Rifts”

Par: 4Handicap: 15

386 386 358 321 283

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Straight-ahead hole, but since you can’t see the fairway from the tee, be aware of left fairway bunker. Right rough isn’t bad but could yield sketchy lies. Green has some pronounced sloping, so best to stay below the hole. 

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Hole #11 - “Winding Way”

Par: 3Handicap: 17

183 183 164 152 127

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Off the tee, an uphill, slight dogleg left. Preferable drive gets you a flat lie for second shot. Long hitters can get home in 2. Better to be short than long because green has severe pitch from back to front. 

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Hole #12 - “Player's Choice”

Par: 4Handicap: 1

455 419 419 383 334

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Gear back off the tee (3-wood?) to keep the ball from going through the fairway. Drive about 250 yards leaves about 160 to a tiered green. Front hole location especially testy. (New tee box could give longer hitters option of trying to drive the green.) 

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Hole #13 - “Homeward Bound”

Par: 4Handicap: 3

430 380 380 340 301

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Longer hitters can take left bunker out of play. Aggressive tee ball down right center can find downslope and make for shorter approach, but it’s still an uphill second. Greenside bunker could be trouble depending on pin position. 

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Hole #14 - “Blackberry Hill”

Par: 5Handicap: 7

552 511 511 475 422

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Tee shot over a valley to a shallow green with deep bunker guarding front. Hit the middle of the green, get par and move on.

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Hole #15 - “Hidden Treasure”

Par: 4Handicap: 5

424 424 381 364 335

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Relatively short but quirky hole, and very scoreable, especially out of the fairway. Approach can be awkward to a shallow, sloping green hidden by bunker and mounding. Don’t go long or could be OB. 

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Hole #16 - “Bullseye”

Par: 4Handicap: 13

369 369 353 338 278

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Another good par 3, this one downhill. Important to hit the right club, with deep bunker right and wind possibly a factor. Middle of the green always good.

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Hole #17 - “Picture Perfect”

Par: 5Handicap: 9

529 529 506 481 419

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Beautiful hole. Split fairway, but much better to play from upper left. Driver not required for longer hitters. If tee shot gets hung up between fairways, awkward lie awaits. Back-to-front sloping green green guarded by water and bunkers.

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Hole #18 - “Waterloo”

Par: 3Handicap: 11

199 181 181 151 104

HOLE DESCRIPTION:
Tough hole from start to finish. Need to avoid bunkers guarding left side of fairway, but don’t block your tee shot — water borders right side. Small green requires accurate approach. Front pin position especially testy. Par is a really good score.

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