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Golf Course Overview: Barren River State Resort Park

Golf Course Overview: Barren River State Resort Park

Insights From An Insider With Cody Goodwin, Head Golf Professional

By Brian Weis

Local and traveling golfers love to research courses before playing them, whether it is to gain some local knowledge or to set an expectation before their upcoming round. Below is an interview with Cody Goodwin who shares some valuable insight about the property, its most talked about holes and the signature dish/drink to consume at the 19th hole.

How Does Your Course Differ From The Others In The Area?
Barren River golf club has a unique setup shadowing Barren Lake. The course offers a challenging and narrow setup. Driveable par 4's, lengthy par 3's and difficult par 5's makes for a fun day.

For someone who has not played the course in awhile, has there been any new changes/renovations to the course or property?

What is your course's answer to Amen Corner? (Describe your best/hardest 3 back/back/back holes)
14,15, and 16 offer a difficult but fun touch to the back nine. The 14th is a layup hole to a downhill pin over a penalty area. 15 is a 3 shot minimum par over hazard. 16 is a long par three over hazard that can be played up to 220 yards in distance.

What is your course's claim to fame, or is there a little known fact that golfers should know about the property?
The course is the best in the area and the scenic holes are second to none.

What tournaments/events have you (recently) hosted or will be hosting? Or any recent awards?
Barren river host numerous sponsored tournaments from surrounding cities. There will be an annual senior am and jr am added to the schedule in 2021-2022.

Besides golf, what other amenities do you offer if a golfer wants to spend most of the day at your facility?
The park features a lodging, villas, restaurant, pub, and beach to just name a few. The pro will always advise a nice cool down drink and dinner after the round to enjoy the full experience.

For the traveling golfer, do you have lodging onsite or partner with any area hotels?
yes, we offer lodging.

What is your signature dish, sandwich or drink at the turn or restaurant?
Try the catfish dinner at our restaurant! the pro shop offers healthy snacks and hot dogs along with cold refreshments.

Contact Course
Barren River State Resort Park
1149 State Park Road
Lucas , KY, 42156

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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