No word from Old Bridge owners on local option

August 15, 2003

The owners and management of Old Bridge Golf Club have declined to comment on their efforts to obtain a license to sell alcoholic beverages at the club on KY 34.

Repeated calls to owner and club professional Bruce Brown have not been returned, and spokesmen for club owners Jack Freeman of Harrodsburg and J. Thomas Hensley of Danville said they are out of town and unavailable for comment.

A petition to put the measure on the ballot was submitted to County Clerk Denise Curtsinger this week. The petition contains 145 signatures.

The Dec. 23 election date was set by Judge-Executive Tony Wilder and will be conducted at the Lexington Avenue Christian Church precinct. Only registered voters in the No. 15 D102 precinct, which includes Old Bridge, will be eligible to vote.


The golf course would not be under the same restrictions as restaurants. For example, the course would not have to derive 70 percent of its revenue from food.

Because the 18-hole golf course is outside Danville city limits, where there is no liquor-by-the-drink, it would be the only business in that precinct able to get a license to sell alcohol. Old Bridge was able to get the provision on the ballot after Danville voted to allow restaurant sales last November.

The Kentucky General Assembly passed a law in 2000 allowing golf courses that meet United States Golf Association criteria, located in "moist" counties, to petition for a vote to allow on-course alcohol sales. A "moist" county includes at least one municipality that allows some form of alcoholic beverage sales. For example, a golf course located a a completely dry county, such as Garrard or Mercer, would not be able to petition for the right to sell alcohol. It would have to wait until a municipality in the county voted in liquor sales of some kind.

Kentucky has seven golf courses that sell alcohol based on the limited provision, including one in Jessamine County and two in Madison County.

Kentucky now has 30 wet counties and 26 counties with limited legal alcohol sales, according to information from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Locally, advocacy groups in Harrodsburg are attempting to put a city-wide restaurant sales provision on the ballot this fall.

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