KGAM Selects Picadome

NGAWire® | 5Sep13

Today the KGAM announced that the 2013 TPC Rhapsody Day golf course will be the Gay Brewer Jr Course at Picadome in Lexington, KY.

We will honor the life of 1967 Masters champion Gay Brewer by playing the course he enjoyed as a youngster.

Below are excerpts from a review by Jason Thurman posted in

The Gay Brewer, Jr. golf course at Picadome is one of the largest continuous green spaces in the city of Lexington, KY. Renamed a few years ago after the Masters champion who grew up playing the course, locals simply refer to it as “Picadome” and some are probably confused as to why a golf course in a southern state famed for producing bourbon is named after a homosexual beer maker.

The Picadome Golf Club was established in 1927 as a nine hole public course, the first public in Lexington. An additional 9 holes were built in 1934 and the course continued in that form until 1966.

I played it a few days ago for the first time in four years, and was reminded again of why it’s one of my favorite places to play in the state of Kentucky. While situated on a pretty tight property of only a little over 100 acres, Picadome still manages to reach almost 6600 yards from its longest tees. As a result, the routing sometimes places holes very close together.

Is Picadome a must-play course? Probably not. In its current form, it’s probably just an above-average track in very good condition and a fantastic value. But it stands out to me as a course whose bones are wonderful. There’s a ton of interest around the small green complexes, tons of subtle risk/reward shots, and tons of places where the architecture just works. It’s a referendum in subtle course design and getting the most out of a routing.

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