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Fox Run to Close as Billy Casper Golf Takes Over Kenton County Courses

Kenton County announced that Fox Run golf course will be discontinued as Billy Casper Golf (BCG) takes over management of the two remaining courses in Independence.

BCG manages courses in 26 states, including Devou Park, which is owned by the City of Covington.

BCG will facilitate clubhouse operations, golf course maintenance, marketing and sales, staffing and training, merchandising, golf instruction, and financial management for Kenton County Golf Courses.

The Pioneer and the Willows courses will remain operational.

The county announced that Fox Run would shutter so that the focus could be on improving the remaining thirty-six holes that are most popular with local golfers.

The daily-fee courses will be supported by BCG’s regional and national teams to provide expert guidance in all facets of the business, the county said in a news release. 

“I’m confident Billy Casper Golf’s management and marketing expertise is what the Kenton County Golf Courses need at this time. They are the best in the industry,” said Kenton County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann. “We look forward to partnering with Billy Casper Golf to enhance the overall experience for residents and guests alike, and to pursue our shared goal of realizing Kenton County Golf Courses’ full potential. The decision to close Fox Run was difficult, but the advice from industry experts was clear and consistent. Focusing on the Pioneer and Willows courses in partnership with Billy Casper Golf is the best route to success.” 

The county said that BCG will focus on improving turf conditions, facility infrastructure, and a new training platform. 

“We are honored to be a part of Kenton County’s vision for a bright future among their golf community,” said Nick Bednar, vice president of operations for Billy Casper Golf. “We could not be more excited to implement our services and create a first-class environment for new and avid golfers.” 

Golfers can also expect frequent special events from BCG throughout 2020, the county said, including “craft beer scrambles”, couples and family events, and holiday-themed outings. The facility will also host World’s Largest Golf Outing in August – in benefit of military veterans and their families. 

-Staff report

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