Dale Hollow Golf Course is another popular entry in the Kentucky state park golf system, available to visitors on the Kentucky-side of the Dale Hollow Lake recreation area. The layout comes from Brian Ault, who completed several other entries in the state’s collection of courses, including General Burnside Island.
Dale Hollow takes a very different tack from that landlocked course, allowing Ault to stretch the tips past 7,000 yards while also adding more hazards to the landscape. The most noticeable will be the enormous sand hazard that runs alongside nearly the entirety of its 190 yards. There will also be a number of water hazards, such as No. 14, a short par five with a severe dogleg that challenges players to take a longer line over the pond in search of an eagle opportunity.
Often, however, Ault does not need to do much work to create a challenge for the player; the region’s mountainous landscape can handle itself. Consider the dogleg left at No. 12, where the inside of the hole is guarded by a drop off down a cliff face of exposed rock.
Dale Hollow Lake is part of the Kentucky Golf Trail. This is a very hilly course. The course opens with excellent birdie oppties. The first hole is downhill and a dogleg left. Favor the right side off the tee. The 2ndis shorter but uphill favor the left off the tee as there is a gaggle of bunkers right. The 3rd is a 200+ yard par 3 but it is downhill. The fist par five is a big bender right. Yardage wise you should be able to get home in two, but the fairway gets really narrow in the go to landing zone. My advice is play it as a 3 shotter, favor the left side off the tee and then pick your preferred approach yardage. The 6th is a long par 4 with a tight fairway and a ravine. Conversely, 7 has a huge fairway, large fairway bunker on the right side and a greenside bunker right. The 8th is a tough par five, with the last 100 yards angling left. It is way to easy to block yourself out on this hole. Big hitters can get home in two. The 9th is not that long, but of course you are now going back uphill towards the clubhouse.
The back starts with a downhill par four. There is a small water hazard right of the green. Pay attention to the tee box on 11. A mid-yardage par three, the tee box aims you left of the green. The 12th is a 600+ yard par 5. Dogleg left it is not as daunting as it sounds. Play smart and favor the right side so as to not get blocked out. Another dogleg left 13 is over 450 yards, favor the right off the tee. The 14th is an awesome hole. Par five downhill off the tee dogleg right to an elevated green with a water hazard on the inside elbow. You can drive through the fairway and there is also a fairway bunker on the left side of the fairway over the water hazard. It is about how much you want to chew off and of course then executing. Take an extra club on the approach. The 15th is a par 3 with a very narrow green with a ravine carry. The 16th and 17th are almost opposite hands of each other, as well as uphill and downhill ,both good birdie oppties. The finishing is not easy, dogleg right, bunkers on both sides of the elbow and then a ravine and then back up to the green.
Fun course, good value, tough walking course.