Bardstown Country Club – Maywood/Woodlawn
The golf course at Maywood opened in 1995 and was immediately voted one of the best new golf courses by Golf Digest. The original designer was David Pfaff, a renowned golf architect from Carmel, California.
After Chris Osborne and his family took over ownership of Maywood in 2003, they immediately began an extensive program of renovations for both the course and clubhouse. Spencer Holt, a protégé of designer Arthur Hills, was hired to make improvements on the course. Some of Holt's most recognized work took place on the following golf courses:
Using Holt's direction and the Osborne family golf knowledge, bunkers and tee boxes were redone while many holes were lengthened. With the addition of GPS yardage systems on every golf cart and the re-design of the course, the pace of play has been dramatically improved.
With five sets of tees available, Maywood golf course expects to be an exciting test of golf for every level of golfer. The course can be played from 4600 yards all the way back to over 7200 yards for the championship caliber player. Players will find the course offers an appealing blend of traditional golf with the features of a links style design. The course is guaranteed to only get better as it matures and will continue to be the host of many PGA section events and state amateur championships. The combination of a great test of golf along with the friendly Bardstown Country Club staff will be sure to make a lasting impression on every player who visits Maywood.
A round of golf at Maywood starts with a strong test on No. 1, the third most difficult hole on the course. This par-4 that is lined with out of bounds down both sides plays 440 yards from the back tees. It is dogleg right that requires a second shot into an elevated green which is protected by sand and grass bunkers. "What makes it tough," says Chris Osborne, owner and head golf professional at Maywood, "is that it is a narrow target off the tee and the second shot is uphill to a protected green."
Three of the most interesting holes on the front nine are the last three which stand alone in a separate little valley around a large reservoir. The par four No. 7 measures 424 yards from the championship tees, but the most commonly used tees give the hole a distance of 317 to 250 yards. Since the hole is downwind and downhill, this is often a go-for-broke hole - players are tempted to try and reach the green off the tee. "But if you miss the green and are lucky enough to stay out of the stream running in front of the green," says Osborne, "par is not a 'gimme." No. 8 is a 175-yard par-3 playing towards the dam of the reservoir. Teeing off from the bottom of the valley, the fairway is surrounded by hillsides of heather and a number of bunkers. You don't have to cross water, but this tee shot requires precision to the long, narrow green. Water is an issue on No. 9, a par-4, measuring 415 yards, which requires a shot crossing as much of the reservoir as you can handle. It may take a tee shot of 235 yards just to clear the water. Visually, this is the toughest driving hole on the course. The large reservoir lines the left side of the hole and you must hit the tee shot over a portion of the water. The entire right side of the hole is lined with out of bounds, so it requires a tee shot that has both length and accuracy.
You're going to find a change in terrain as you head to the back nine. That's because the front side of the course is a traditional layout while the backside is more of a links style with subtle, rolling hills.
You start out with a long par-5 that plays into the wind, which makes the hole play longer than the actual yardage. Playing from the championship tees will make No. 13 one of the toughest holes on the course. This is a 464-yard par-4 that requires a 215-yard carry over a ravine from the tee in order to reach a landing area on the uphill fairway. There are many trees to the right side of the fairway that protect players from trying to cut the sharp dogleg to the right.
The heart of the back nine is the tough stretch of holes - 15 through 17 - that are three of the best on the course. No. 15, a 444-yard par-4, requires a tee shot into the wind. No. 16, the signature hole of the course, is a 210-yard par-3 with a 60 to 70 foot drop in elevation. The right side of the green is protected by a perfectly manicured rock wall and a pond. The entire left side of the hole is protected by out of bounds and the sand bunker on the left side of the green does not give the golfer an easy up and down. No. 17 is a 430-yard dogleg left with bunkers on the left side of the fairway for you to contend with. It requires a perfectly shaped tee shot from left to right in order to stay in the fairway.
The final hole is a 515-yard par-5 that can be reached in two shots because the green is downwind. "This last hole is one that allows golfers to make up for lost ground and have a good chance at birdie," says Osborne.
After concluding the final hole, players are encouraged to relax in Maywood's beautiful clubhouse. This is a perfect atmosphere to grab a bite to eat or have a drink while talking about their playing experience.