Department of Parks
General Burnside Island State Park Golf Course to Open May 23
BURNSIDE, Ky. – The redesigned golf course at General Burnside Island State Park will open May 23 and will be added to the Kentucky State Park Signature Series of courses.
The course, which was closed for 18 months for renovation, features bent grass tees, greens and sodded zoysia grass fairways. The par-71 course features four sets of tees ranging from 5036 to 6394 yards. Brian Ault, designer of national award winner Dale Hollow Lake and Hidden Cove Golf Course at Grayson Lake designed this golf course located just south of Somerset.
The course is on an island surrounded by Lake Cumberland and features a number of holes that overlook the lake and the surrounding natural wooded areas. The golf course, which also has a new practice range, will become the 8th Signature Series course the Kentucky State Parks offers. The Signature Series courses offer championship caliber golf surrounded by natural settings.
Season passes are available for sale at the course and give players full access to all 19 Kentucky State Parks Golf Trail courses, including four that have been ranked nationally by Golf Digest. Local patrons who purchased a 2006 season pass will receive a pro-rated credit upon purchasing their season pass for the 2008. Green fees during the week are $37.75 and $42.75 on the weekends including golf car.
Tees and Zzzs golf packages are available with lodging at nearby Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. More information about General Burnside Island Golf Course and golf packages can be found at www.parks.ky.gov or by calling the course at 606-561-4104.
“The golf course is spectacular. Past patrons will be amazed when they see the changes that were made,” state park Golf Director Dan Strohmeier said. “This is a completely new golf course that will be fun and challenging for all levels of golfers.”
An opening ceremony is scheduled for June 4 and will feature state and local officials, representatives from the various consultants on the project and local media.
The golf course is part of General Burnside Island State Park, which also features a campground, boat ramp and picnic shelters.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov