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May 18th, 2017

Listen to Kirk Herbstreit explain his appetizer comment on KSR

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Kirk Herbstreit made his first ever Kentucky Sports Radio radio appearance this morning to clarify a comment of his that is making the internet rounds.

In case you missed it, Herbstreit said Kentucky football is “like an appetizer before the real thing starts,” while speaking at a luncheon in Louisville. The comment of course ruffled Big Blue Nation’s feathers as it sounded like a diss to Mark Stoops’ program.

However, during his interview with KSR, Herbstreit explained that it was not a diss and that it was taken way out of context.

“We talked about UK in a very positive way,” he told KSR. “And then somebody took that text or that little comment that I made and completely took it out of context and shot it up, like most people do to try and create controversy. Next thing I know, I hate Mark, who has been a good friend of mine for over 20 years, and I hate UK and I hate everything about Kentucky. It’s the world we live in I guess.”

Herbstreit’s interview begins around the 13:15 mark in the audio below:


Back off, Michigan State

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One of my favorite commits in Mark Stoops’ 2018 class, wide receiver Shocky Jacques-Louis, announced Thursday afternoon that Michigan State has extended him a scholarship offer.

Jacques-Louis committed to Kentucky almost one month ago over several offers, including one from Louisville, and now one of the Cats’ big competitors on the recruiting trail has thrown its name in the hat for his services.

College football recruiting can be so frustrating.


Five Immediate Thoughts After The Bamba News

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Mohamed Bamba’s recruitment is over and it didn’t go in Kentucky’s favor. Here are five quick thoughts on his decision to pick Texas as we get back on our feet after the disappoint blow to BBN’s recruiting momentum…

 

1. Hey, at least he didn’t go to Duke.

If you’re going to lose a recruitment, you always want to lose to a school that’s not a threat. Texas will be a good team next season, but nowhere near as good as if Duke, our arch nemesis, had added Bamba to its roster.

2. He makes a good point about Jarrett Allen.

Bamba wrote:

I can’t say enough about the strides my friend Jarrett Allen made this past year. I saw his footwork improve. I saw the spots they put him in — where he was shooting, passing and stretching the paint like a modern five. Most importantly, I saw his confidence grow throughout the season as he distinguished himself as a possible lottery pick. I’m thankful for the blueprint he laid down and I hope to follow in his footsteps.

Now let’s look at Bam Adebayo and Sacha Killeya-Jones, two other five-star big men from Allen’s class who attended Kentucky. Bam went from projected lottery pick to fringe first-rounder after a year that didn’t live up to expectations; Killeya-Jones didn’t play at all. Calipari’s long-term record with bigs is good, but those are three guys Bamba has known most of his basketball life and probably kept close tabs on last season when Allen proved to make the most strides in one year. One point to Texas.

3. It’s really not a big deal for Kentucky next year.

As nice as it would’ve been to add a game-changer like Bamba, Kentucky is already pretty loaded in the paint, probably too loaded. A month ago you would’ve ranked Bamba third behind Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo based on need; well, you got Knox and Diallo is still TBD.

However, no Bamba puts pressure on Nick Richards and a sophomore Killeya-Jones to perform, but it’s not like Kentucky won’t have a big man because it didn’t get Bamba.

He would’ve been a great addition because he is special. It’s not the end of the world.

4. He is really, really, really smart and I’m a huge fan.

Unlike most (all) player contributions to The Players’ Tribune, I really believe Bamba wrote his own. Watch one interview with him and you know he’s a very special young man outside of his basketball talents. He clearly put a lot of thought into this decision and believes he is doing what’s best for his family, which is all that really matters in the end. How can you not love that he wants to, in his words, “build a long, successful career that will ensure that my father won’t have to drive a cab 70-plus hours a week, including nights and weekends”?  Consider me a big fan of Mo Bamba for life.

5. I still like my team.

When the ball tips next fall, give me the University of Kentucky over anyone.

They’re at the table waiting to eat.

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Mohamed Bamba commits to Texas

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Well, crap.

Mohamed Bamba is going to Texas. The five-star big man announced his commitment Thursday morning via his own words on The Players’ Tribune. In the end, he picked the Longhorns over Kentucky, Duke and Michigan in a disappointing decision for Big Blue Nation.

Bamba’s explanation of the decision is a long one and very well-written for the kid who is wise beyond his age. He explains living by a mantra of “filling his jar with big rocks first,” and he names Texas as the program that filled his jar the best, and Shaka Smart and academics as the biggest rocks:

Big Rocks

The Coach

Coach Smart may not have been aware of it, but I put him through a weeklong job interview last summer when he coached me on Team USA in Valdivia, Chile. We instantly formed a bond. Now, the tables have turned, and I’m the one interviewing with him, hoping to show I can play a major role in his team’s success next season. His attention to detail is truly unbelievable — I can’t tell you how many times he picked up on something I mentioned in passing and brought it back full circle several months later. I’ve seen firsthand how much he genuinely cares about me and my family and how he’s going to challenge me to be in a state of continuous improvement.

Beyond Basketball

How can a projected “one-and-done” college athlete get a real college education? That gets thrown around a lot and I want to go on record as saying that the two concepts are not mutually exclusive. My academic focus is not just lip service. It’s extremely important to me and my family, but I also firmly believe that the best class I’ll ever take will actually be taught by the people I will surround myself with.

I feel especially fortunate to explore my academic interests within the McCombs School of Business, one of the nation’s top undergraduate BBA programs. Learning from world-class professors and classmates in Austin, a city that’s renowned for tech and innovation, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Oh, and that alumni network — man, the Horns are everywhere! I can see and feel their passion and I’m excited about aligning myself with them for a lifetime of support and learning. I’ve seen firsthand the power of this from my time at Westtown and Cardigan Mountain.

These two big rocks were the true keys to my decision — without the coach and without the “beyond basketball” element, the stones, pebbles and sand wouldn’t have mattered that much.

Bamba goes on to list strength, conditioning and skill development as his jar’s “stones,” followed by the campus environment and weather as the “pebbles and sand.”

It’s a very good read from a young man who just broke our basketball hearts.

Mohamed Bamba: “Ready To Rock”


Yum! Center audit is out and it says U of L was late on its payments

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Kentucky state auditor Mike Harmon released his findings in his office’s audit of the KFC Yum! Center’s big financial debacle and I know you’re dying to hear what kind of mess he dug up.

In the audit, Harmon learned that both the University of Louisville’s athletic department and the Louisville Arena Authority regularly failed to make their annual payments on time. Those late payments created further problems for the Yum! Center’s bookkeeping and revenue sharing.

From the Courier-Journal’s report on the audit:

According to auditors, the payment is to be calculated by April 20 of each year and made 10 days later. In the two years reviewed by auditors, however, both the calculation and payment were completed after those deadlines.

It recommends better coordination between the arena authority, U of L and other third parties to ensure the deadlines are met.

Harmon’s release also points out that the new restructuring of the Yum! Center deal is not yet complete, despite legislators being told otherwise. He blamed “key parties” (I think we know who that is) for a lack of commitment to solving the arena’s debt problem.

For much, much more on Harmon’s findings, check out our friend Joe Sonka’s report on InsiderLouisville.com.

And here’s a .GIF of baby Pearl yelling for the rent:


KSR is at Sleep Outfitters! (Thursday Show Thread)

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Thursday Top 10: Here’s what’s happening in our world

Good morning, KSR. It’s typically a down time around these parts, but this year we have Hamidou Diallo, Mohamed Bamba, football recruiting and UK baseball getting us through each day. Below you’ll find the latest on those hot topics and more from around the BBN newswire in this edition of the Top 10, my first of many since Mrs. Tyler left for Italy. It’s going to be a long two-plus weeks of blogging for your boy. Here we go.

 

1. The Cleveland Cavaliers are good at basketball.

The Cavs took Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night in Boston, winning by something like 13 points, although it was much worse than that score indicates. For the gambling crowd, Cavs -3 for the game was the easiest money of all time, considering they’re much better, LeBron James, and Boston was on very short rest after a tough series. Can we just go ahead and get this Warriors-Cavs series going?

2. Hamidou Diallo to work out with the Nets today.

Diallo will be in Sunset Park today to work out at the Nets’ fancy practice facility, along with the likes of Villanova’s Josh Hart and Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey. As we’ve said many times before, Brooklyn is the team to be very cautious of because: (a) it has two first-round picks; (b) it’s desperate enough to take a gamble; and (c) Diallo is a hometown kid, having grown up about 45 minutes from the arena in Queens Village.

A source close to the Diallo situation told KSR he will work out today and then tomorrow will be a big day of deciding on his future.

3. What do you think of Benny Snell’s new rap song?

Snell released his new hit, “Nothing 2 Something,” on Wednesday:

It’s definitely something.

4. Coach Cal’s new podcast with Anthony Davis is some good listening.

If you’re not too busy listening to Benny Snell’s bars, I highly recommend you check out John Calipari’s new podcast with Anthony Davis.

Somebody get that in Mo Bamba’s hands please.

5. More people picking Bamba to Texas.

Shaka Smart is really putting up a fight in the recruitment of Bamba and it seems more and more people are picking the Longhorns each day. I’m still riding the Kentucky train until it derails, but it is very concerning to see so much positivity for Texas out there. What once seemed like crazy talk now has some legs and it’s okay for you to worry, just a little bit.

As far as when an announcement will come, the recruitment is on pace to end somewhere around the year 2034.

6. UK Baseball live on ESPN tonight.

The Cats begin their three-game series with Florida tonight with the SEC championship on the line down in Gainesville. The game is so big and the stakes are so high, ESPN has picked it up for a 7 pm live broadcast. If you’re one of those people who have yet to jump on the UK baseball bandwagon, tonight’s the night to show your support and join the movement by watching the nationally televised game. Let’s. Go.

7. #ThrowbackThursday: Watch Malik Monk destroy Lonzo Ball for 50 in high school:

I want nothing but the worst for Lonzo Ball in the draft and I don’t care that I’m a hater for it. It’s all his dad’s fault.

8. UK’s “Honor Flight” aims to send veterans to D.C. for a day. 

The University of Kentucky is doing a really cool thing with its “Honor Flight,” a mission to fly World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to Washington DC for a one-day all expenses paid visit to their memorials that are dedicated to their service and sacrifices. The flight is scheduled for May 20th (Armed Forces Day) and is open to alumni who served, retirees who have served and family members of current faculty and staff.

UK is the first university to sponsor an Honor Flight, so this is pretty awesome and should make you proud to be a Wildcat. E-mail @vetcenter@uky.edu for more info or questions.

9. Apply to be a KSR radio guest host!

Want to be Matt Jones (or Ryan Lemond) for a day? Here’s your chance to be one of the guest hosts during Matt’s 87-week vacation this summer: If you think you have what it takes, simply send a 15-minute audition clip to KSRSummerHost@hotmail.com. We’ll listen to your clips and if we think you have what it takes, you’ll get your shot to host the most popular radio show in the state of Kentucky. Get to it.

10. Thursday’s KSR from Richmond is on the way.

Matt and Ryan are at Sleep Outfitters in Richmond for a two-hour live broadcast of today’s show. Stop by if you’re in the area and listen from one of those comfortable beds in the store.


May 17th, 2017

Making The Case For Drafting Fox Over Ball In L.A.

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The Los Angeles Lakers will take a point guard with the No. 2 pick in the draft and there is only one man for the job.

That man is not the hometown kid, Lonzo Ball.

That man is De’Aaron Fox, point guard, from the University of Kentucky.

Let me tell you why Magic Johnson’s decision is an easy one (in my completely unbiased opinion)…

 

De’Aaron Fox isn’t that bad of a shooter.

Sure, to start his freshman campaign at Kentucky, De’Aaron Fox was one of the worst three-point-shooting guards ever (although not even the worst in his own starting five), which is why he’s not projected above Lonzo Ball. But by the end of the year, Fox’s stroke — which always looked the part without getting the results — improved immensely. By season’s end, he was shooting about as well as anyone could want from a speedy, drive-first point guard. He entered the NCAA tournament having gone 7-for-12 in his last six SEC games, showing a massive improvement from earlier in the year when he couldn’t get his outside shot to fall.

From the foul line, Fox was good at 74 percent on the season and even better in the clutch, while Lonzo Ball shot 67 percent over at UCLA.

The Lakers like to run.

The Lakers like to get it and go in transition, and there isn’t a better guard in the draft who can play at that tempo. No incoming prospect is faster with the ball than De’Aaron Fox and there aren’t many guys who are already in the league that can run with him. If Luke Walton wants to push it, Fox and De’Angelo Russell make a backcourt that can really push it.

To be fair, Lonzo Ball is also very good in transition — it’s his biggest strength — but give me the blazing speed that can’t be taught over Ball’s court vision and unselfishness. Like John Wall, Fox can figure that out as he goes.

Lonzo Ball can’t guard me.

He can’t guard you. He can’t guard the person sitting next to you or anyone else reading this. We know he can’t guard De’Aaron Fox and I’m not sure he can guard anyone else in the NBA on the ball. He will get pick-and-roll’d and ISO’d to death at the next level, where, unlike the college game, you can’t hide your defensive inefficiencies. 99 percent of the guys Ball will be matched up with in the NBA are going to blow right past him. Set a screen and it’s a free basket.

Lonzo Ball’s shot is broke.

It’s tough to criticize Ball’s shot because it goes in, but it’s also tough to see him getting as many off in the NBA with that broke-ass form. If he’s open, yeah, it’s a good shot. But what if there are five seconds on the shot clock and he has to get one off over the longer, quicker, better defenders in the league? Not a prayer. He can’t get that shot over a flat-footed Isaiah Thomas with his hands in his pockets.

Lonzo Ball’s shoes are really broke.

This has nothing to do with Ball vs. Fox; however, it should be mentioned that Ball’s shoes are complete trash and blatant Kobe knock-offs.

I’d pass on him with the 50th pick in the Croatian league draft just to keep those shoes off of my court and out of my locker room.

LaVar Ball is an actual crazy person who is doing much more harm than good.

Above all else, at the end of the day, LaVar Ball is Reason No. 1 why teams should pass on Lonzo Ball. He’ll be complaining about Lonzo’s teammates and coaches the moment something goes wrong, and Lonzo will be the one who is punished in the end. Crazy dad did a great job of getting the family name out there — kudos to his marketing — but it’s time to take a seat and let Lonzo do his thing. That won’t happen, though, and whatever team gets Lonzo will be constantly dealing with LaVar’s nonsense. The NBA is a league of grown men making millions upon millions of dollars; do you think they want some kid’s crazy dad inserting himself into their business? Hell, there’s already a target on Lonzo’s back for the things LaVar’s already said, and it’ll only get worse.

Let the next team take Daddy’s Boy and take the safe bet in De’Aaron Fox as your point guard.


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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#10 Brad Turner

BBN in everywhere.

#9 Len Combs

Now I’m picturing Coach K in a romper…not good.

#8 JC

Obviously, he is.

#7 Pat Ingram

Ryan never fails to surprise us.

#6 Dwayne Craig

I was thinking the same thing.

#5 Billie Larry Forston

Or like our show on Monday.

#4 Steve James

Between the Ryan laugh and the John laugh, I’d have to keep my phone on silent.

#3 Jake From State Farm

Burrrrrnnnnnn.

#2 Chet Lemond

Should be an interesting show.

#1 Ryan

This should be our new slogan.


Hump Day Football Notes for the UK Fans of the Day

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Stoops on the Potential New Redshirt Rule

During Monday’s SEC teleconference with Mark Stoops, the big story was the head coach’s thoughts on the new early signing period.  There’s another new rule proposal that could make an even bigger impact.

The rule proposal would permit redshirt players from participating in up to four games without losing their redshirt season of eligibility.  Stoops thinks it makes “a lot of sense.”

“It was a situation where it could’ve benefitted us a year ago,” Stoops said.  “We were in that situation last year when we had a quarterback hurt early in the year in Drew Barker, and played most of the year with our backup quarterback being a redshirt guy. We decided to keep that redshirt on Gunnar Hoak in game 11.”

Instead of playing Hoak, Stoops started Luke Wright against Austin Peay.  The Cats fell behind early, forcing an injured Stephen Johnson back into action.  If Stoops could’ve played Hoak, he believes it would have helped him in the long-run.

“It can protect the player and their redshirt year, help gain a little bit of experience for the following year and overall I think it’s a very good rule.”

Make a Stand

During a recruiting trip to Memphis, offensive line coach John Schlarman stopped to see the family of Greg Page and present them with two gifts.  One is a replica of the statue now featured just outside of Kroger Field.  He also brought a framed painting of the unveiling ceremony from last fall.  UK deserves to be applauded for their efforts to praise the pioneers of the past.

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A Warm Jacket was all Abule-Abadi Fitzgerald Needed

Late-rising defensive end Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald became a hot name on the recruiting trail just before National Signing Day.  During his visit to Kentucky, he loved everything about it, except the weather.  The Florida kid wasn’t used to Kentucky’s cold February temperatures.

“It was just welcoming and comfortable. Everybody there just made you feel at home. It was like, ‘Wow,’ I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t be able to come to this place apart from it’s freezing. But they give you like the warmest jacket.”

You can read the entire interview with SEC Country’s Joe Mussatto here.

Benny Snell has a New Song

Benny tha Bandit just dropped a new beat on SoundCloud that will get your head boppin’.

Early Enrollees Off to a Great Start

Lamar Thomas has a saying he shares with the media often that goes along the lines, “If you’re doing things right off the field, you’re going to do things right on the field.”  Eddie Gran keeps it simple, “Take care of business.”

The seven early enrollees took care of business in their first semester on campus, combining for a cumulative 3.0 GPA.  Excluding JUCO transfer Lonnie Johnson, who had his fair share of struggles in the classroom, all were supposed to spend the spring in high school.  Instead, they were getting excellent grades in a college classroom.  Well done.

Hear Derrick Baity’s Story

How well do you know Derrick Baity?  The Kentucky cornerback (now No. 8) is a playmaker on defense, but he might be the most entertaining player off the field.  Never shy, he talks trash and cuts up, but never backs down when his unit falls short of their standards.  He talks about where he came from and more in this short from UK Football.

A Legacy Quarterback Recruit

Bill Allen was a Kentucky quarterback when Freddie Maggard arrived on campus in the late 80s.  Now his son is an incoming sophomore at Lexington Catholic High School.  It’s rare to see Kentucky offer a scholarship to a quarterback from Lexington, especially one that’s only completed one year of high school football, but Alan Cutler explains why Allen is an exception to that rule (the package starts around the :55 mark).


Blue Smith’s Peers Believe He’s Heading to Kentucky

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After receiving a handful of big commits over the last two weeks, the Kentucky coaching staff has one of the best athletes in the class in their crosshairs.

L’Christian “Blue” Smith is a 6’5″ outside wide receiver that is considered the No. 1 athlete in the nation and No. 29 prospect overall by Rivals.  A teammate of Alex Reigelsperger at national powerhouse Wayne High School, Vince Marrow has a long-standing relationship with Smith and his peers recognize it.

At last weekend’s Rivals camp in Columbus, they asked fellow prospects to predict the destination of Smith and other prospects.  All four recruits that were polled believe Smith will end up at Kentucky.  Defensive end Tyreke Smith, a Kentucky target from Cleveland, summed it up best.

“I think he will end up at Kentucky. I think he fits in their offense, his teammate is committed down there, it looks like he has a good relationship with the coaching staff and he has been down there a lot.”

Another Kentucky target, Louisville Waggener four-star cornerback Jairus Brents, was one of the top defensive back performers at the camp.  Unfortunately, his peers tend to believe he’s leaning toward Alabama and Louisville.

Rivals did not ask for predictions on four-star tight end/defensive end Leonard Taylor, but they did talk to Taylor about his recent visit to Kentucky.

“I enjoyed myself and I like it down in Kentucky,” Taylor said.  “They are just trying to get me to be part of a good program and they are coming along real well.”

Right now, Kentucky and Ohio State appear to be at the top of Taylor’s list.  Ohio State wants him to play defense, while the Cats want him on offense.  Right now, he has no preference of position and does not plan on making a decision anytime soon.

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Test your 90s Pop Culture Knowledge on Hey Kentucky!

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The newest Hey Kentucky! game will bring nostalgia into your living room.  From N*Sync and zubaz pants to Full House, this segment will make you feel 20 years younger.

Watch today’s entire episode with Matt and Drew after the jump.

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Anthony Davis is the Latest Guest on the Cal Cast

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The World’s Most Famous Unibrow joins John Calipari in the latest edition of the Cal Cast to discuss why he went to Kentucky.  Ahead of the 2018 recruiting season and Mo Bamba’s decision, Anthony Davis’ podcast appearance is timely.

Their candid conversation will surely bring a smile to your face.  Unlike most interviews, instead of asking about his accomplishments, Calipari asks about how he was raised and what helped him reach unprecedented heights.

The podcast starts with a story about Calipari’s visit to Davis’ Inglewood, Chicago home. It doesn’t take long for Calipari to casually allude to a visit with Bamba in his Harlem home.  “I just had a kid walk me around in the projects in Harlem thinking I would be intimidated.”

The episode isn’t entirely a subtle shout out to Bamba.  They discuss a variety of subjects like…

—  Growing up with a twin.

—  The first time Cal saw Anthony Davis play: “You were a shooter, not a maker.”

—  The struggles of going through an insane growth spurt.

—  Davis’ early AAU struggles that led him to quit (temporarily).

—  Did you know he took the fourth most shots on the National Championship team?

—  The talk Darius Miller had with the 2012 team the sparked their run to the title.

—  What the locker room was like at halftime of the Championship Game.

You can listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher or on SoundCloud.


Another national analyst predicts Mohamed Bamba to Texas

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Kevin Knox showed us it’s not wise to read too much into the “expert” predictions in 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball, but today, the site’s national college basketball writer Kevin Flaherty picked Texas for Mohamed Bamba, the latest in a wave of momentum for the Longhorns in the big man’s recruitment. Kentucky still has 48% of the predictions, including recruiting guru Jerry Meyer’s, but I personally will take some comfort in the words of Evan Daniels, who told Ben Roberts that there’s practically zero word from Bamba’s camp, other than he’s probably down to Kentucky and Texas.

“I have nothing new. I wish I did,” Daniels said. “Mohamed is certainly taking his time, and he’s going through this process a little differently. … We’ll see how it plays out.”

While we wait on Bamba, let’s enjoy his latest highlights. If he commits to Kentucky while I’m in Italy, that means I have to stay there for good luck, right?

 


Barry Slice’s Golf Trail: UK Club

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This week Barry Slice’s Golf Trail heads to the rolling hills and horse farms of the Kentucky bluegrass to the University Club of Kentucky. I played this marvelous track most recently, so I felt it was most appropriate to include it on the list this week.

The University Club is a massive complex, offering two championship courses with very diverse layouts, each of the two sides being very appropriately named, The Wildcat and the Big Blue. It is also the home course of the University of Kentucky Men’s Golf Team, and hosts numerous competitive amateur events throughout the year.

Each of the two courses are very much traditional American style layouts, with bent grass tees, fairways and greens. The rough is lush and at times can very penalizing Kentucky Bluegrass. Both courses were in absolutely tremendous condition the last time I played there. Located in the rolling hills of the Kentucky Bluegrass region, the courses offer great, expansive views of the Kentucky landscape on a few holes, which also adds to some very challenging golf at times.

The Big Blue course is the tougher of the two sides, in my personal opinion. It is the longer of the two courses, playing at just over 7000 yards from the championship tees. If the back tees aren’t your thing, the Big Blue side offers 5 different sets of tees for varying degrees of experience. Big Blue is more of a bombers course in comparison to the Wildcat side. It has wide, expansive fairways, allowing for room for error off the tee. There is a ton of water on the course, that comes into play on seven of the eighteen holes. The greens on the Big Blue side are large but extremely undulated, so putting can be tricky at times. Hitting the green in regulation rarely guarantees a par on the Big Blue side.

The Wildcat is a little less challenging than the Big Blue but it is a very fun layout, that requires a little more strategic thinking. The Wildcat side is riddled with doglegs, meandering around mature forestry and water hazards. Driver is not the play off the tee on numerous holes, I have even hit iron off multiple tee boxes. It is much shorter than Big Blue, however, playing just over 6,600 yards. The Wildcat side features four sets of tees instead of five like the Big Blue. I think the Wildcat is a very fun golf course to play, and not as easy to play as the Big Blue without prior experience of the golf course.

Both golf courses are very fun and challenging tracks. They’re almost always in absolute pristine condition, so a bad experience on the golf course is rarely had. Both courses have good report cards.

Big Blue

Fairways: A

Tees: A-

Greens: B+

Rough: A

Bunkers: B+

Walker Friendly: B-

Difficulty: 7/10

Wildcat

Fairways: B+

Tees: A-

Greens: B+

Rough: A

Bunkers: B

Walker Friendly: A

Difficulty: 6/10