The Willow at Golf Courses at Kenton County, The

3.3685411765 3.4 stars from 5 (82)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6734 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6734 yards 72.6 137
Black (W) 72 6734 yards 78.7 145
Gold 72 6371 yards 71.1 134
Gold (W) 72 6371 yards 76.8 141
Grey 72 5749 yards 67.1 126
Grey (W) 72 5749 yards 71.9 131
White 72 5131 yards 64.3 119
White (W) 72 5131 yards 68.5 124

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 82 Reviews
5 stars:
18
4 stars:
31
3 stars:
16
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

60 out of 82 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport   Great for locals advanced golfers playing multiple courses   Challenges include elevation changes undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views  

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"Has Potential, Bunkers Worst Ever Seen"


pmfilanowski's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course has a lot of potential, I played the front 9 of Willows and then the back 9 of Pioneer today for the first time. The staff and starters/ranges were very nice in my interactions with them. The fairways were in pretty good shape and the course layout was both challenging and fun.

I took three stars off because many of the greens on the Willows had bumpy, dead areas. Tee boxes on both the Willows and Pioneer were mediocre at best (some had uneven lies). The major disappointment were the bunkers: the absolute worst I ever saw on any golf course! I attached a picture, which shows the green side bunker on Pioneer #16. Literally every bunker on Willows and Pioneer had grass growing out of them, were hard as clay, and none of them were maintained at all. In addition, none of the bunkers on the Willows front 9 had rakes lying near them? I guess the staff gave up on them and they wanted players to as well...

For the staff who maintain the golf courses at Kenton County: why even have "bunkers" on the course if you do not maintain them? Fill them in and just have grass in their place. It's embarrassing to operate a golf course with EVERY bunker in terrible condition. It speaks to your work ethic and care of the course, quite frankly. No effort was put into any bunker, please see the attached picture.

I really do see potential in this course, though. A little effort in certain areas (the greens and bunkers) can go a long way! I do not know if I would recommend playing here this year, but would like to try it in the future to see if any improvements are made.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I don't recommend this course



"Will be back again and again!"



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course would get 5 stars if not for bunkers which is understandable given the weather we have experienced the last several weeks. Staff is excellent, facilities are top notch, and course is challenging but fair.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fairway and greens decent, bunkers awful"


arlowe13's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Walked the front only, but the fairways and greens were in good shape. The bunkers, however, need some serious work. Weeds, packed sand, a little effort could go a long way in how the course looks.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course"


trent3829109's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one the best course and lay out course I had the pleasure of playing. Canr wait to play again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good layout"


Brian1142810's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2019
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good layout, but greens were rough in quite a few spots, dead spots! Spring time conditions for the fairways and rough, not a great lie to be found, especially around the green. Yardages could be better marked, especially card could be a lot better marked as far as a map for first time players to navigate around course!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course"


u7198645's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2019
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always enjoy playing Willows. A challenging course that will consider using every club in your bag.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



ian10's avatar
Age:  65+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2019

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



None's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course was in good conditon. It had been wet the day before and never fully dried out before I played it, but fairways and rough were of ease to hit out of. Bunkers seem to need some work before the season begins. Shot 73 with some new irons so the layout made it easy to work those in. Overall 8.5/10


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A good test of Golf"


Bmal's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front nine is tight and tests your placement skills . Hole # 4 a Bogie feels like par . Back nine # 10 plays like a par 5 . All in all one of the tougher courses in Northern Kentucky.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Weather permitting"


Sw5gtwyUOgqqEKgadSB1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2018

Reviewed on

18 Holes of overcast.

Good friends, New clubs, and a little friendly competition, What a great Day.

The Fox Run course is in good condition and the greens were running at about 10.5 to 11.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Terrific shape"


Jeff7793715's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The willows course was in terrific shape compared to when I played over the summer. Excellent conditions and the weather was very delightful. Will be going back again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Poor"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One of the poorest courses I've played at in the past couple of years. Greens are in bad shape. Staff was all over the course, forcing us to either stand and wait or play on as they awkwardly watched from the sides of the green on several holes.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Needs help"


thagr81's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played the Willows today for 1.49 so it was worth that....but at regular price you would be disappointed....this course used to be my favorite around here to play, but now it’s like Meadowood....fairways are patchy at best, a couple greens were terrible, and I mean TERRIBLE....rough wasn’t altogether awful, hard to spot your ball on a couple holes, but it is the rough so I’m good with that....layout is awesome and course could be great again if properly managed....I won’t return this year but might give it a shot next year


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Goat ranch"


tkreicker99's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The public golf courses at Kenton County continue to go downhill. The fairways are patchy. The greens are worse. If you mistakenly miss the fairways with your drive, prepare to say goodbye to your ball because you'll likely never find it. The "Old man's club" that seems to be promoted out here is actually hurting the course. Way more unrepaired ball Mark's than repaired. Top that off with a refreshing $2.50 diet coke and... (way overpriced). It seems to be all the public courses around here. Boone county courses are not much better. Best decent golf in the area is Belterra or North to Cincinnati.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"great time"


u000004976060's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Took my 7 yr old son with me, both of us had a great time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"help me help you"


Clint2621633's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I want to like this course I really do...I’ve played at Kenton Co since high school — 20+ years — but the past five years have seen a steady decline in the care of the course. They are making some improvements, but it’s probably to little to late.

The greens were horrible, fairways tolerable and tee boxes concrete...


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Course in bad shape"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in horrible shape. Every fairway and green had many dead spots. I won’t be going back there


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



u000007420689's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Good time"


superdave88's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on a Monday morning. Not crowded and peaceful. Great time to work on my game, which needs a lot of work.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pathetic shape for a golf course"


bbeil05's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Worst conditioned course I've played this year (30+). Superintendent should be embarrassed. Greens fee should be $15 or less. Besides the conditions, the layout is not for the average golfer. On certain holes, just off the fairway, the rough is no longer mown for no particular reason, other than to save $$. Spent all their $$ on the clubhouse and re-design of the parking lot! That's what golfers want, a lovely clubhouse and parking lot!! HAH!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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