A round of golf… what a better way to start a three-day weekend/vacation. Friday afternoon, I met up with my buddy David, the one who really got me started into golfing, at Hidden Creek Golf Course. David is not a golf noob; he’s been playing since he was a kid. The last time I played a round of golf with David, I was using one of his old sets, and we quickly rushed through the back nine, so that we wouldn’t miss his wedding. In fact, before I started this project, every round of golf I ever played was with David.

Hidden Creek Golf Course is located in Sellersburg, IN, and is about 10 miles from the Indiana/Kentucky border, north of Louisville, KY. The week leading up to this mini-vacation, I was researching the different golf courses in Kentuckiana, and Hidden Creek stuck out as one of the nicest courses. I had to play this course.

Hidden Creek Golf Course consists of an 18-hole course, and a 9-hole links-style course. We just play the regular 18-hole course. The front nine is called the “lake nine”, because the holes surround a lake. The back nine is called the “creek nine”, because the holes follow a creek (pretty smart, eh?).

This course was tough. The fairways were narrow and somewhat hilly. A couple of the fairways were parallel with the railroad tracks that bordered the one side of the course, while other fairways were parallel with a treeline and a creek that bordered the other side of the course. The fairways were also very close to other fairways, so it was not hard to slice a drive into another hole. In fact, David almost got hit twice with golf balls from other players. The round took about 3-1/2 hours.

David and I didn’t play so well. I still felt pretty confident with my drives, but I didn’t really show it. I don’t really remember how many drives I mis-hit. My iron shots were crap, until I had a revelation on the 15th hole… I realized that I was standing slightly behind the ball during the shot, which would cause me to consistently top the ball. After I realized this, I started standing with the ball more in the middle of my body, and my iron shots started improving.

David is the most confident with his iron shots. He was telling me that when he was younger, he used to play with an iron set that was too short for him. He got used to that set, and was playing pretty well. When he switched to a set that was the correct size for him, he got much, much better.

Hidden Creek Golf Course – Scores & Stats
Course length: 6,872 yards (6,130 yards from white tee boxes)
Course par: 72
Course rating/slope: 70.1/124 (white tee boxes)
My score: 118 (46 over par)
David’s score: 105 (33 over par)
Balls lost: 10+ (I lost count. Many of them went over the railroad tracks or across the creek.)

David got par on three holes. The best I got was a bogey on the 18th hole.

David let me borrow one of his putters for this round. I decided to keep track of the number of putts on each hole, just to see what kind of stats would come up. I ended up 3-putting nine times and 2-putting six times. The rest of the times, I really didn’t care to keep track. I also decided I would continue to “borrow” his putter. Thanks David!

Hidden Creek Golf Course
4975 Utica-Sellersburg Rd.
Sellersburg, IN 47172