A little geography is in order here. Our destination was the town of Hickman, which is in Fulton County. Hickman is not located in nearby Hickman County, as you might think. It took us a good hour and 40 minutes to reach Fulton City in Fulton County. From there, we headed 18 more miles to Hickman, which is located on the Mississippi River.
Fortunately, Wayne Taylor had a vehicle big enough for the whole crew to ride in. The crew consisted of Wayne, Jerry Faris, Jonathan King, Cole Gardner, Nick Choate and myself.
The golf course we played was the Hickman Country Club. The 6,146-yard course was in very good condition. All of our crew except myself blistered the course by playing outstanding golf. The course was such that someone could really shoot a good score if they were playing well.
The nine-hole course had two par 4s that were short enough that they were driveable or almost so. Since you repeated the nine holes twice, this made for four short par four holes. The greens were also in excellent shape.
The only drawback from the round of golf was that we didn’t get to play with a local golfer. Earl, who mans the clubhouse, was set to play with us but had to cancel at the last minute.
Earl did provide us with some sound advice, however. Earl told us that the restaurant of choice in Hickman was Hub’s. He said we would not be disappointed. He was 100 percent right about that.
Hub’s Steakhouse is just a scant half-mile from the Mississippi River. It has been in existence for 14 years. Hub’s specializes in blackened steaks. Although I am not a professional food critic, I have very experienced taste buds. My blackened rib eye was as good as any steak I have ever had in western Kentucky. That’s right, as good as the legendary Charlie’s Steakhouse.
Hub’s also had a wide variety on their menu. They sell 12 boxes of fresh oysters a week. Jumbo shrimp, fajitas, pasta dinners and backyard chicken are also available.
Let me put it this way. Jerry Faris and I are planning a relaxing drive to Hickman later this fall to take our wives out to eat. You gotta go to Hub’s.
Making the trip to Hub’s even better was the generous donation owner Gary White made to our Golfing For a Cure Fund. Hub’s employee Matthew Wright overheard my conservation with Gary and contributed in honor of his mother who survived breast cancer.
To close out the evening, we traveled the half-mile and spent a good 20 minutes gazing down from a bluff that overlooks the Mississippi River. There are gazebos there and a safety fence to add to your viewing pleasure and safety.
I hope you someday make the trip to Hickman. If you do, just remember ... YOU GOTTA GO TO HUB’S.
OT: Hub’s hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday, 5– 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5–10 p.m.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.