COACH'S CORNER: Golfing for a Cure in Graves County
by Mike Wright, Cadiz Record Columnist
Aug 13, 2014 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Thanks to the good folks of western Kentucky, our Golfing for a Cure Tour is rolling right now. Last week, I told you about my travels through Calloway County. This week, it is Graves County.

There are two golf courses in Graves County, South Highland Golf Club and the Mayfield-Graves Country Club. Sit back and relax as I take you on a trip to those two courses and a couple of fine restaurants.

South Highland Golf Course is a semi-private course owned by Bob Turner. You will find his daughter Katherina running the pro shop. The course features bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways. There are four sets of tee boxes for you to choose from. The club has many amenities, which include a swimming pool, racquetball courts, croquet, four tennis courts, bocce ball (a European game) and a mini golf chip and putt course. The club also has an open grill and a banquet room. I couldn’t help but enjoy my round of golf at South Highland as I shot one of my best rounds on the cancer tour to date. I found the course to be very playable and the greens in excellent shape. My playing partners were Jerry Farris and neighbor Sean Williamson. All in all, it was a great day, and the Turners were super hosts. When I asked them for advice on a local restaurant, they suggested the Sedalia Restaurant.

If I ask someone for a recommendation on a local restaurant, then I am usually going to take their advice. Our hungry golfing threesome went to downtown Sedalia and had lunch at the above mentioned Sedalia Restaurant. The place was packed with locals and the food was good. The eight or so glasses of iced tea I had were better than good.

The Mayfield-Graves Country Club was the second course we played in Graves County. Glenn Dorten is the pro there. Their course is one of the oldest in the western end of the state, as it was established somewhere around 1925. The Mayfield-Graves Country Club has bent grass greens and Bermuda fairways. Three sets of tee boxes greet you on every hole. There is also a driving range, putting green and five tennis courts for the members to enjoy. There are approximately 250 members at the club. One of the more famous golfers ever to play there was Kerry Middlecoff. A lot of senior golfers will recognize that name from golfing yesteryear.

Playing the Mayfield-Graves Country Club brought back a lot of memories for me. The Country Club has served as the host for the

KHSAA 1st Region golf tournament many times throughout the years. I played on Trigg County’s first-ever golf team back in the mid 1970s. I played in two region tournaments at the Mayfield-Graves Country Club. The course kicked my butt in the ‘70s and did so again on this most recent visit. I guess some things never change.

Despite my lack of success, it is still a great golf course. The course was in really good shape and as golfers say has a lot of character. Glenn and the folks there were excellent hosts. We even ran into a former Trigg County student Tyler Greenman, who was working there.

The folks at the Country Club suggested we eat at Carr’s Steakhouse in downtown Mayfield. We did just that. We were not displeased. Out of the dozen or so counties that we have visited, Carr’s Steakhouse was one of the two best restaurants that we have eaten at. In my opinion, I rank it right up there with Hub’s Restaurant in Hickman down in Fulton County. Most of the times, a steak in a restaurant is just not as good as you can grill at home. At Carr’s, it is every bit as good. Take the trip to downtown Mayfield and eat at Carr’s. It is good food, good atmosphere and good people. Tell them Coach Wright sent you.

Next week Golfing for a Cure will come to you from Lyon 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 -- trophyland@outlook.com.

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