Countys Cardinal Hills
is areas best-kept secret
BEDFORD, Ky. (July 1999) The Stark familys
Cardinal Hills Golf Course, located on Stark Lane just outside Bedford,
Ky., on highway 421, is situated on 104 rolling acres of picturesque
by Libby Richards
golfers already know what
others are finding out: Cardinal Hills
Golf Course is a great deal for the price.
Built in 1967, the par-70 course measures 5,614 yards
in length and has 55 golf carts. It is open from 7:30 a.m. until dark
seven days a week and offers moderately priced greens fees and a clubhouse
stocked with snacks, drinks and a pro shop.
The course is owned and operated by the entire Stark family, who live
around the perimeter of the course on the remaining 146 acres of the
original family farm. Parents Jerry and Sharon, along with sons John,
Stephen, Jarrod and their wives and grandsons, drive to work every
morning in their golf carts.
Maintaining the 18-hole course is a full-time job for all, putting in
14- to 16-hour days. Despite the long hours, it is a job they love.
Mom is the backbone of the whole thing, said son Stephen.
She keeps it all together, financially and organizationally. We
all have ideas, and we go to her and she works them out. Shes
one of the hardest working women I know.
Hills Golf Course
335 Stark Lane, Bedford, Ky.
18-hole par-70 course.
18 holes with cart $20 on weekdays; $22 on weekends.
Owners: Jerry and Sharon Stark & Family
For both Sharon Stark and daughter-in-law, Kim, its
not unusual to spend the entire day using a weed eater or mowing the
grounds and picking up rocks and trash.
For some of the Stark grandchildren, the course has provided benefits
other than a labor of love. Grandson Scotty is attending Northern Kentucky
University on a golf scholarship. His younger brother, Michael, a senior
at Trimble County High School next year, is already receiving calls
from several university recruiters. Both have played on the high school
golf teams since the sixth grade. Grandsons Christopher and Jonathan
Marlin, ages 9 and 6, won their age divisions at the Orchard Golf Center
in their hometown of Greenwood, Ind.
Originally only nine holes, the course was designed by Harold England,
who owned Wheatley Golf Course. In 1988, the family sold it on contract
but had to take it back in 1994. In 1996, Jerry Stark designed the new
back nine, which Stephen built.
It took about a year to build, but it takes about five years for
one to mature, Stephen said.
Since then, the course has been receiving rave reviews from its players.
When the Starks took it back over, it really improved, said
regular golfer Farrill Davis. The course is getting better every
year. Its a fine course and challenging even for good golfers.
The beauty of the course is that it is set up for types golfers of all
skill levels. Its not too long or too short, so its the
perfect size for tournaments. Many events are held there every year
including the Relay For Life, the Tri-County Senior Citizens Benefit
and the Louisville UPS tournament. Stewart Mechanical from Louisville
and Dayton Walther Casting Center of Carrollton also have tournaments
Upcoming tournaments are scheduled for July 3 and July 31.
Despite all of the activity, Cardinal Hills seems to be Trimble Countys
best-kept secret. Weve had a lot of guys from Louisville
who hadnt even heard of the course, Stephen said. They
love it because its not busy during the week and you dont
have to reserve tee times.
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