Located just a mile to the southwest of Union, the Lassing Pointe golf course is a Michael Hurdzan design that first opened its doors to Bluegrass State golfers in 1993. In terms of early tournament play, it was used to host the Kentucky Open in 1996 and 2000, along with the regional NCAA championship in 2002 and 2004.
It’s not the longest of courses, measuring 6,724 yards from the back tees, but what it may lack in length it makes up for in challenge, with a great mix of wide open and tree-lined fairways, elevated tee boxes and raised greens – all of which you might expect to encounter on a course strategically designed by Michael Hurdzan.
Water comes in to play on several holes, none more so than the par three 14th and the par four 18th: it’s all carry from tee to a shallow putting surface on the former, while the latter plays to an enormously long home green which is set on a peninsula, across the lake from the 14th green.
Lassing Pointe is by far one of the better public golf courses in the greater-Cincinnati area. The course lay-out offers a good variety of holes and several par-4's that play quite long. The size of the greens on this golf course is notable, especially the 18th green at 100 yards. The golf course is not always well maintained.
A "2.5" indicates "mediocre" based on this site's benchmarks, but you also note it as "by far one of the better public courses in the Greater Cincinnati area." Perhaps some context would help (i.e. "...but the Cincinnati public golf scene is, as whole, atrocious" or "I don't enjoy Cincinnati-style chili very much").
Skyline and golf do NOT mix, let me tell you.
It’s conceivable that the best public route in Kentucky is nominally attached to Cincinnati. And, likewise, that the best municipal course available to Cincinnatians is actually in Kentucky. The strength of these arguments are largely measured in how well the player enjoys perhaps the most novel hole in Michael Hurdzan’s repertoire.
Carrying the previous paragraph’s irony over, we’ll examine Lassing Pointe’s last hole first, as it’s the one that will instantly ingratiate / infuriate readers. The last green stretches nearly 120 yards in length, while perhaps allowing 20 yards at its widest point. To the right is a slope that occasionally offers generous rebounds; on the left is a lake. Imagine any one of Bay Hill’s cape holes and then turn it into a green, and you have No. 18 at Lassing Pointe. The drive is easy, and the approach is insanity. Invective is inevitable when playing within a foursome. Many rounds will be soured by the demand of one hole, which makes this hole an awful punctuation mark on an otherwise pleasant layout.
It’s essential, then, to appreciate the designer’s more balanced approach. As you might expect from the antithetical theme pursued so far, the best trio of hole’s at Lassing Pointe is its first. The opener is a mid-length Par 5, offering eagle opportunities early—depending on how one approaches the split fairway with their second shot. The second, a Par 3, is an interpretation of the reverse redan, wedged into a hill with a large, deep bunker out front, and smaller pots guarding the back. The third is the first Par 4, snaking downhill from an upper fairway to a lower one and a green as thin as the notorious eighteenth’s...although it plays a more reasonable length for its shape.
Although No. 18 will be the stick that breaks most camels’ backs, if you’re in debate over whether to trudge out to Lassing Pointe, consider No. 8. A short Par 5 that plays downhill, featuring a forced carry over a small pond to consider eagle. Look at the bunker that wraps around the inlet. If your design sensibilities are offended by its heavy-handedness, avoid this course. Otherwise, jump in If you’re in the area and looking for a reasonable rate on a good route. Play 17, and then ask if your mood is prepared for the 18th.
Lassing Pointe is a Hurdzan design. While in Kentucky it is easily accessible from Cincinatti, OH. Depending upon the tees played the course can challenge good players and still is open enough for the less skilled or expereinced golfer. Of note is 14th hole. It is 187 yard par 3 all carry over water. That is not unique, but what sets it apart is the Wishing Well. I don’t know how much cash is contributed every year, but my quarter paid dividends as I did hit the green, and a dry ball is a happy ball.