The Lexington area will welcome a PGA Tour golf tournament next summer when the Barbasol Championship comes to town. Keene Trace Golf Club will host the tournament, which will move to the Bluegrass from Alabama, and will be played opposite the Open Championship.
The event was announced Wednesday afternoon at Keene Trace in a press conference that included Governor Matt Bevin, who said, “Being selected as the latest PGA TOUR stop is a significant development, and we are excited to showcase the greatness of Kentucky to golf fans from around the world. It will be an incredible honor for Kentucky to host these individual and corporate guests each summer. From this day forward, the PGA TOUR can join us in saying: ‘We are Kentucky!’”
The 2018 Barbasol will be played July 16-22 on the Arthur Hills-designed Champions course in Nicholasville, approximately 10 miles from downtown Lexington. It had previously been played at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Grand National course in Opelika, Alabama.
The tournament will carry a purse of $3.5 million and award 300 FedExCup points to the champion. Officials are looking to make the 2018 Barbasol Championship a regional celebration that showcases the Bluegrass State and area attractions, including its famous horse farms and distilleries.
The tournament is expected to have an economic impact in excess of $20 million.