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March 12, 2014

Lake Cumberland attractions prepare for season

Somerset —

Recreational areas around Lake Cumberland are gearing up to open for the 2014 recreational season with optimism the lake will return to normal this summer. Normal or not, the lake will be at the 705-foot level, same as last summer, and still the third largest body of water east of the Mississippi River.
“The water is coming up ... the boat ramp is the same,” said Stephen Lutz, golf professional at General Burnside Island State Park. The golf course at the state park is open year-round and the camping area will open April 1 and remain open through October.
Lutz said the biggest improve-ment at the state park is what he calls “GolfNow,” an on-line procedure by which golfers use computers or smart phones to determine a tee time. “Occasionally, golfers get better discounts on-line than by calling the desk at the pro shop,” Lutz said.
The golf course at General Burnside State Park is one of the most challenging in the state. As described on the state park’s web page: “This newly designed Brian Ault Signature Series Golf Course is located on an island surrounded by Lake Cumberland and features a number of holes that overlook the lake plus the back nine holes offer a thrilling journey into some of the island’s untouched natural treasures. The par-71 course also features four sets of tees on each hole to accommodate different levels of play. A spacious driving range, a putting green, a chipping green and a practice sand trap have been added for pre-game warm-up and practice.”
Pulaski County Park near Nancy will open April 1. The 600-acre facility, located on the Fishing Creek arm of Lake Cumberland, has one usable boat ramp at the current lake level, according to Mike McQueary, assistant manager at the county-operated park.

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