Department of Parks
Yatesville Golf Course Fairways To Be Renovated
LOUISA, Ky. -- On the heels of one of the hottest summers on record, Eagle Ridge Golf Course at Yatesville Lake State Park will begin to renovate the fairways beginning Sept. 10. The last day of play before the work begins is Sept. 9.
Due to the high temperatures, shortage of rainfall, and an unpredictable water supply, the fairways could not be maintained.
The fairways will be reseeded with bent grass and returned to their original condition. Despite the difficult conditions, the course’s maintenance staff was able to successfully maintain the greens throughout this season.
In addition, the Department of Parks has received a temporary water permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Huntington, W. Va., to pump water from nearby Yatesville Lake. A temporary water supply pipeline is being built to assure the golf course an adequate water supply during the reseeding process.
The department will also be pursuing a solution to the water supply shortage problems that have occurred over the last several years. If there is funding, the department plans to eventually construct an irrigation lake and seek permanent approval from the Corps to withdrawal water from Yatesville Lake.
The golf course will not be open for play from Sept. 10 through late spring 2008 to assure that the fairway grass can mature. The course will re-open with a newly constructed golf shop and practice range. The Department of Parks plans to restore the course to the condition that warranted the national ranking by Golf Digest Magazine in 2005.
Local patrons that purchased a 2007 season pass will receive a pro-rated credit upon purchasing their season pass for the 2008. In addition, the one full-time golf shop employee will remain employed during this period of renovation. Golf maintenance will remain at full staff in order to perform the renovation to the fairways.
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