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About the Golf Course

Sandy Creek is the Place to find Your Game

“Having lived in the Ashland area most of my life I have had the pleasure
of playing all the local public golf courses.  Sandy Creek offers tree-lined
Bermuda fairways framed by a mixture of bluegrass and rye rough cut
to a height that is player friendly.  If you ever find yourself in the Ashland
area and are looking for a place to get in an enjoyable round of golf, I would
suggest you give Sandy Creek a try.  I think you will enjoy the experience.”
Tom Cooksey Ashland, KY

Sandy Creek is a par-70, 18-hole public course that offers interesting tests if you are a skilled golfer.  After all, our course played host to one of the area's best amateur tournaments from 1991 to 1996 and again in 2006.  The lowest winning score has been just four under par for 36 holes.

Sandy Creek is also enjoyable if you are just starting out in the game.  Our goal is to make new players feel at home in the world of golf and to help you improve your skills. Golf is a great game that can be played by the entire family – Mom, Dad and the youngsters -- and that means your family as well.

Tee times are not required and walk-ins are welcome.  It is always a good idea to call in advance to see how busy we are.  Walking our fairways is a joy because there are few uphill stretches to climb.  You will find that the pace of play is excellent.

Built on an 82-acre site, our course is lined with hundreds of trees, many planted when the course was built.  This puts an emphasis on the need to make straight tee shots and accurate approaches.  Watch out for the water: Sandy Creek is bordered on three sides by the East Fork of the Little Sandy River.  Water comes into play on nine holes.

“Our smaller sized greens add to the enjoyment and challenge.  Their size definitely makes them resistant to low scoring” says owner and PGA Professional Rich Mahar.  “The smaller greens put a premium on the approach shot, and birdies are not as easy as it may seem”.  Mahar has recently started a greens renovation program to rebuild a couple of greens each year.  The normal life expectancy of a golf green is about 30 years.  Although the greens are in great shape, rebuilding two a year will ensure they stay that way.

Among the favorite holes on the course is the 4th, a par-4 that measures 320 yards from the back tees and 288 from the front, has an elevated landing area.  "It's hard to get close to the green and the green slopes away from you," Mahar says.

The 13th (485 yards from the back and 359 from the front) is a "nice, reachable par-5," according to Mahar.  But there is a creek down the right side of this dogleg and a ditch crossing in the landing area, causing trouble for big hitters.  "They have to be careful," he says.  "There are also big trees on the right-hand side to avoid."

The 16th, 17th and 18th holes make for great finishers.  The 17th, for example, is a very tempting short par-4 that plays at 297 yards from the back tees and 266 from the front.

The 18th, a par-4 measuring 363 yards from the back and 281 from the front tees, is a stronger test.  "There is a generous fairway and a green that is very receptive to your second shot," Mahar says.  "It is a great chance to make a birdie.  But if you try to drive the green, you may go out of bounds on the right side."

Distances, slopes and ratings for Sandy Creek Golf Course: 5,538 yards (64.4/108); 5,150 (62.6/105); 4,629 (64.0/106).


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