The morning began with Jerry Faris and Taylor Sparks loading their clubs in my truck, and we were off in search of Salem, Kentucky. Salem is the home of legendary Livingston basketball player and Coach Don Ringstaff. The Ringstaff name is synonymous with Livingston County basketball. After a good 50-minute drive, we arrived at our first Livingston County course, which was Deer Lake. We literally opened up the course that day since we were the first ones there. Neal Cummins would join us for the second nine as he had to help his brother unload 80 bundles of hardwood flooring before playing.
We found the course at Deer Lake to be in good shape. The scenery around the 6,373-yard layout was beautiful. The course was also challenging as there was water on at least eight holes, plenty of sand and one really big snake on about hole number five. Of course, if I could have stayed in the fairway, I might not have ever encountered the snake. Ole Mr. Snake was where he belonged, it was me that was out of place. The course at Deer Lake also featured a footbridge over a creek that was a part of the famous Trail of Tears.
We finished our round and exchanged a few Trigg-Livingston basketball stories with Bill McNamara at the clubhouse. You see, Bill played at Livingston and currently coaches for them. We had a good experience at Deer Lake. The cart and green fee totaled $25 each, so that meant $100 raised for cancer research. After the round of golf, we headed to Hunter’s Café in Salem for lunch. I would recommend the patty melt with fries and sweet tea if you ever find yourself at Hunter’s Café in Salem.
After lunch, we loaded up for the 25-mile cross county trip to Ledbetter. That put us near the Livingston/McCracken County border, but still in Livingston. We went there to play Drake Creek Golf Course. Without a doubt, our group agreed that Drake Creek might just be the best course we have played so far in western Kentucky, and we have played every course in at least seven counties already. Drake Creek was in superb condition. The fairways and greens were simply plush. There wasn’t such a thing as a bad fairway lie, and the greens rolled as true as you could ever desire. It also seemed that the weather got more beautiful as the round of golf went on. If you are a serious golfer and you like to try new courses, Drake Creek should be on your must-visit list. You won’t be disappointed. Make sure you book a tee time, however, as it does get a lot of play. The $34.50 fee allowed us to donate right at $140 to the cancer research fund.
After the round at Drake Creek, we had dinner at the course. There is a free-standing restaurant named The Patio Grill. Owner Todd Butts (not the Trigg County Todd Butts) asked us to give it a try after we finished our round. Well, Friday night is catfish night, so do I really need to go further? After the four of us consumed a good stringer of catfish, we loaded up and headed for home. We were four very satisfied golfers and diners after a day in Livingston County.
Thank you to the fine folks Livingston for allowing us to play and donate to cancer research.
OT: Speaking of Livingston, congratulations to the Lady Cardinals softball team of Livingston County for making it to the state tournament.
OTT: Anyone that wants to donate to the Golfing for a Cure fund can send their donation to FNB Bank at Cadiz, Kentucky 42211. I hope some of you will feel led to donate to this worthy cause. Make your check out to Golfing for a Cure.
OTTT: See you next week with stories from golfing in Calloway County.
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Mike Wright is the former 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.