Traditions Golf Club is one of several in the Greater Cincinnati area where a local entrepreneur has aired out his urge to design his own golf club. Ken Heil acquired a piece of property in northern Kentucky, near the three-state border with Ohio and Indiana, to lay out and construct this private club.
It might be tempting, while playing the hole titled “Road,” to suggest the amateur architect doesn’t recognize the elements of a true “Road” hole. The name, however, is a reference to the 275 highway loop, which runs on the other side of the property’s barrier. With rolling terrain such as this, carved out over millions of years by the Ohio River, it would be tough to screw up a design.
The 7,100-yard route has hosted a number of championships, including the 2008 NCAA Big East competition, during the period where the University of Cincinnati called Traditions its home. Although Heil made a career out of property development, there is no housing along Traditions; apparently he understood that sometimes it is best to leave business at the office. The club is part of the ClubCorp network.
The golf course is generally well maintained and cared for. The layout of the holes provides challenge and variety of shot shapes. The golf course is cut out of the hills outside of Cincinnati and has several holes that play uphill. The greens are large and have good undulation. The par-4 7th hole is a good risk/reward hole with a green that has a nearly 4-foot valley to it on the right side.