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Out of the seven Madison County golf courses, EKU students have chosen their king of greens.

The Gibson Bay Golf Course, which borders Lake Reba, was voted The Best Golf Course in the Eastern Progress Best of Richmond competition.?

“We get a big part of our business from EKU students,” said Jason Eberle, Gibson Bay general manager and head golf pro. “I think people like it because the city of Richmond has made it a priority to keep the course in top shape and has always made sure it was first class.”

The course offers up to five tee boxes per hole, bent grass-seeded fairways for optimal play and the ease of shooting. “It is a great course for the money,” political science major Mike Kennedy said. “I probably golf there four or five times a year.”

Despite students’ preference for the course, it shouldn’t be mistaken for a cakewalk.

Misguided tee shots, ending up on a hillside, can result in uncomfortable approaches.

Its long, alley-like design sometimes leads to wind-altered shots on the par-72 course.

Man-made mounds and bunkers have been strategically placed around many of its greens.

The course, designed by Michael Hurdzan in 1993, was named as an honorable mention for best new public golf course in the U.S. by Golf Digest, according to the Gibson Bay Web site.

A round of golf at the nine-hole course costs $12 ($8 for ages 17 and under, as well as ages 60 and over) on weekdays, and $18 ($12 for ages 17 and under) on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.