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Hunting Creek Country Club 
welcomes new director of golf

Prospect, Kentucky (February 16, 2021) – Hunting Creek Country Club, located just outside of Louisville in historic Prospect, Kentucky, recently named Ryan Sanders as its new Director of Golf.  Sanders will oversee the private club’s golf operations, which includes a 7,157-yard golf course originally designed by club member Ben Wihry.

Sanders is a native of Louisville and alumni of Bellarmine University in Louisville. He is a 12 year veteran of the golf industry, having most recently served at Quail West Golf & Country Club in Naples, Fla. Throughout his career Sanders has worked at clubs up and down the East Coast, including Linville Ridge Country Club in Linville, North Carolina; The Vineyard Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; and at The Camargo Club in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ryan Sanders — Hunting Creek Director Of Golf

“I am thrilled to have such a professional, family oriented, individual join our team,” said Hunting Creek Country Club General Manager Zeke Larson.  “With Ryan's positive attitude, commitment to grow the game, industry expertise, and passion for service, I know he is going to be an excellent addition to Hunting Creek.”

During his career Sanders has been a finalist for various Chapter and Section Awards, including Assistant Professional of the Year twice and Merchandiser of the Year, four times. He is passionate about creating experiences for members and their guests and believes the Club should feel like an extension of a member’s home, enhancing their daily life. When not working, Sanders enjoys working on his golf game, spending time with his family and teaching his daughter, Peyton, how to play golf.

 “Over the past three years Hunting Creek Country Club has undergone a complete transformation,” said Hunting Creek Country Club’s Board of Directors President, Tom Sanders. “We have upgraded our facilities, turned over leadership, partnered with Troon, and now we have added one of the final pieces, our new Director of Golf.  After several months searching, we found the perfect individual in Ryan Sanders.  His experience, dedication, and passion set him apart and we could not be more excited about his addition to our team. Hunting Creek Country Club continues its upward trajectory and Ryan only adds to our momentum.” 

In late 2020 Hunting Creek Country Club unveiled its new 25,000 square-foot clubhouse, which includes a completely updated lobby, golf shop, a fireside lounge area as well as new dining options at The Grille 64 and the Partridge Lounge.  In addition, newly expanded outdoor social venues include a new bar area, increased seating and fire pits.

The Grille 64 is a new family dining option featuring an open display pizza kitchen and offers views of the outdoor patio seating area and 18th green. Hunting Creek Country Club has multiple connections to the number 64, hence the new Grille 64 name. The club originally opened on July 4, 1964 and the club’s first major event was an exhibition match between then PGA TOUR professionals Ken Venturi and Louisville native, Bobby Nichols.  Venturi shot a course record 64 and Nichols posted a 70.  Earlier that summer, Venturi won the 1964 U.S. Open at and Nichols won the 1964 PGA Championship.  On May 22, 2019 Kentucky Country Day High School golfer and member, Michael McAdams posted a 64 to tie Venturi’s longstanding record.

Additional club amenities improved during the clubhouse renovation include a newly designed golf pro shop, Fireside and Hunting Creek Rooms and 24-hour accessible fitness center. In May of 2019, Hunting Creek unveiled a new junior Olympic-sized pool.

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About Hunting Creek Country Club
Founded on July 4, 1964, Hunting Creek Country Club is set among the rolling hills of Kentucky on a bluff south of the Ohio River. The club offers a host of year-round amenities, including a 7,157-yard golf course originally designed by club member Ben Wihry. Holt Golf Design led a complete tee-to-green course renovation that was completed in 2010. The renovation focused on improving the routing and updating hazard locations and green slopes to accommodate the advancements in technology and golf equipment. Throughout its history, the course has hosted nearly every major tournament in the state, including the Kentucky Amateur and the Kentucky Open. In addition to championship-caliber golf, Hunting Creek also features seven tennis courts, including six clay and one hard court; a beautiful new swimming pool complex with adult and kiddie pools; and a social calendar filled with year-round fun events and activities for the entire family.

Hunting Creek got its name from the narrow creek that traverses the 16th fairway. The creek originally had no name when golf course architect Ben Wihry and his partner Campbell Miller looked at it on a surveyor’s map. Miller, a history buff, suggested naming it Hunting Creek after the two streams – Little Hunting Creek and Great Hunting Creek – on George Washington’s Mt. Vernon property in Virginia. It was later adopted as the club’s name.

About Troon
Hunting Creek Country Club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 585-plus locations around the globe, including managing 630-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 620-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Indigo Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. Troon-affiliated properties include Princeville Makai Golf Club on Kauai; Champion Hills in Hendersonville, North Carolina; Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas; and Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For additional news and information, visit

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