Municipal Golf Course closes its doors after 100 years


HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — Established in 1909, the Henderson Municipal Golf Course is one of the oldest courses east of the Mississippi. It’s seen thousands of golfers over the years, and today some of them came back to say goodbye. 

“In golf courses of the world, this is a special place,” said Denis Wright. 

Wright has played on the course since he was seven. He said the course is called a “Duck and Putt” because of its size and challenging terrain. However, Wright says that is exactly why the course is the best around for training young golfers. 

“It’s all about building for the future. It’s not about, I don’t care if they shut it down, it’s nothing about me, it’s about kids in the future,” said Wright. “But the city doesn’t see that, they don’t care. It’s like it falls on deaf ears. They’re just looking at numbers and not looking at what this place means to the community. And if it stayed open, maybe we could get a PGA tour winner out of this place, but we’re not going to get that chance.”

The Bugg family also said the course has played a major role in their lives. The father-son duo have been playing on the course for twenty-one years. 

“I’ve been here my entire life basically. Through middle school golf, and then practices in high school golf just everything. This has just been a course I’ve always played at my entire life,” said Wes Bugg.

“I’ve enjoyed it. It’s a great place to learn to hit your wedges and putting. Just your short game in general, and I just absolutely loved it growing up here,” said Ron Bugg Jr.

While the door on this Henderson golf course closes, another opens. The Bridges Golf Course will offer 18 holes and will open to the public on Wednesday, July 24th. 

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(This story was originally published on July 7, 2019)

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