Pioneer at Golf Courses at Kenton County, The

2.9749411765 3.0 stars from 5 (49)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 5966 yards
  • Slope: 115
  • Rating: 68.2
  • 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 70 5966 yards 68.2 115
Black (W) 70 5966 yards 73.5 123
Gold 70 5703 yards 66.9 113
Gold (W) 70 5703 yards 72.0 120
Grey 70 4866 yards 63.4 105
Grey (W) 70 4866 yards 67.6 111
White 70 4385 yards 61.3 100
White (W) 70 4385 yards 64.9 105

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 49 Reviews
5 stars:
6
4 stars:
22
3 stars:
10
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

30 out of 48 reviews


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Type of Golfer
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"Improving"


u000004232213's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have generally liked this course over the past few years, but last year it was not well maintained. The fairways and greens were good, but the rough made it almost unplayable. First time playing this year and it was much better. If you were off the short grass, you could at least find your ball. Hope they continue to keep it manageable. It is a good course with challenges to keep you interested. The staff is always friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Traps need work"


conrad1195126's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2019
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

All of the sand traps were in poor condition, weedy and compacted. The fairways were in good shape, the greens were fair.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course in great shape"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Played front 9 for the first time. Course was very wet due to recent storms and bunkers were full of water and weeds, but the tee boxes, fairways and greens were in great shape.


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



"Not good"


Jason8716500's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2019
Previously played

Reviewed on

Many greens are un puttable hopefully that will improve bare spots everywhere


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Fun round of golf"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The pioneer is a fairly open golf course that gave me the chance to work of some new things. There were still some challenging holes that made me work. Sand was understandably in bad shape given the rain we have had. A few of the greens were in rough shape but it is the end of a season. We some of the only golfers out on a Thursday late morning which helped make the round run.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pace slowed by NARROW fairways and TALL TALL rough"


wasbetter's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2018
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

Course is in terrible condition. Fairways have been narrowed to Less than 15 to 20 yards on all. This slows up play tremendously because, golfers, just 3 to 5 yards off the fairway are trying to find their balls in ankle high rough. Excuse for not cutting rough.....too wet....BUT YOU CUT THE FAIRWAYS


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Course needs some serious TLC"


u000007662480's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I typically don’t like to leave negative feedback but the shape of the course was just mind boggling. The first two greens look no short from being the sandlot. They had a segment of the green where it was decent, but of course that’s where the pin was located. More can be reviewed, however the greens were just unnecceptable. The course used to be decent and it’s just now a complete dissapointment.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Grandson’s First"


u000001755310's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Taking my grandson to his first regular course was a small disappointment. I had played there many times but have not recently been there. It seemed that the fairways have disappeared with lots of weeds and crab grass. The rough was impossible being uncut and swallowed the ball. Greens were bad on some holes. My grandson and I enjoyed ourselves despite complaints. Last was the cost which seemed high.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Not good at all."


Hsvlefty's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/03/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hadn’t played this course in years but went back when my son-in-law visited. Greens were awful; some so bad they only mowed a small patch to put the flag. Fairways were extremely tight - maybe 15 yards, with the rough(first cut) being maybe 3 inches long. Spent most of the day looking for balls barely out of fairway. Cart paths were terrible. Used to be a fun course - I would not go back.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Deteriorating"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course conditions are getting worse and worse. Its unfortunate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"disappointed"


montgomerymw1's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2018
Previously played Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

Course was starting to burn out due to stretch of hot weather. Crabgrass in most fairways. Two greens had only about 300 square feet of grass on them so you basically had to pick up. Maintenance guy watering #10 sat in his cart just off the fringe and was a distraction with his radio blaring. Don't anticipate going back again this year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Green's in bad shape"


u00000919941's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

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

Reviewed on

The greens on the pioneer were in very bad shape. Two greens(10-11) had at most 1/4 of green with any grass. Irrigation system was broke for a long period of time allowing the greens to burn up. Course wasted to much money on new parking lot. Fix course first (mainly the greens) and then worry about the amenities.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"play the parking lot...."


wasbetter's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

course is in TERRIBLE condition. They spent $300,000 to redo the parking lot and $ 0 on the fairways and greens. But if you want to lose a ball, the rough is the place. Not 'amatuer' friendly at all. USED TO BE.....

Play is slow because you spend too much time looking for your ball two steps from the fairway.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Really going down hill"


u000006482264's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

My wife and I used to have a season pass for Kenton Co, but ever since the new management crew took over a couple of years ago, things have been on a steady decline. All 3 of the courses are suffering from patchy fairways and burned out greens. There are a handful of holes on Pioneer that hardly have any grass on the entire green. That never used to be the case up there. They have spent a lot of time and money on revamping the parking lot that essentially did nothing but eliminate 50-60 parking spaces and force everyone to park out in the boonies. That's money that would have been much better spent on maintaining the course or upgrading their treacherous cart paths. All of the employees are very polite and super friendly and the snack bar was very well run, but overall they are neglecting what this is all about...the golf course. At this rate, the county government will get what they really want and that's to sell it off for condo development. What a shame


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



478784533's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Losing Greens"


u7676415's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Parts of the greens are burning out and going away on a decent number of the holes. Ask if you are going to be playing there in July what the conditions are. Rest of the course in good shape.

Father's Day is not a day to play this course if you want a decent pace of play. Popular spot since it is the easiest of their 3 courses.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Forget the parking lot, invest in the greens"


dbazsika's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I booked this for a threesome. We wanted to play a course near to us. Figure to try this one out. Staff is awesome. The bar and concessions are very good with daily specials from the bar. I have played The Willows and Fox Run in the past.

Pulling in you see they paved over the parking lot and and lined it properly. They marked the cat path clearly when in the parking lot.

Front nine was pretty good and challenging. Then at the 10th green it all went downhill. Tenth green was 95% burnt down to dirt. In fact a guy was watering it as we were playing. We were shocked because it was so early in the season since its not even summer yet. 3 more holes were like this. TRULY disappointed. Maybe they should go to check Shawnee Lookout to see how greens are SUPPOSED to be?

You're better off going to Devou or Boone Links if you want to play a decent round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Greens in poor condition"


Ras112956's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Have played this course a few times over the years. Always enjoyed it being a bogey golfer it gave you a chance at scoring. When playing this time the tee boxes were like concrete could not get a tee into the ground. Greens on the front 9 were ok but the back nine were terrible. Looks like they airated some and killed all the grass. Will not be playing pioneer this summer again may try Willows and hope for better conditions.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"More dollars needed for course"


u00000919941's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The greens could use a little attention and the cart paths look and feel like they were in a war zone(very bad shape). Should have put the money they spent on parking lot and clubhouse into the course itself.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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