Designed by renowned architect David Pfaff, the 27-hole championship golf course at Quail Chase Golf Club splits into three par-36 courses that wind through the area's lush scotch pine, maple, oak, and dogwood trees. Limber up stiff clubs at the course’s practice facilities, which prep ungainly irons for an 18-hole run with bermuda-grass tees, a USGA practice putting green, and a reserved area for rehearsing pre-shot ritual baths. Golfers can strike through two of the club's three 9-hole courses, manipulating orbs past the angular detours of dogleg holes and around four water hazards during approximately 4.5 hours of play. Concealed cart paths obscure scenery-marring vehicles and help to keep play flowing by restricting fairway victory laps to every other shot.
Glenmary Country Club’s 18-hole golf course sprawls across 6,542 yards of carefully cut fairways as they cleave through lofty trees and neighboring residences. Slick bentgrass greens, multiple water hazards, and horn-blasting garden gnomes supply the bulk of the difficulty on this relatively challenging course, which plays to a par 72 from all three tee options. Divot-tearing duos can loop the emerald links astride a golf cart to save their strength for towering drives and confronting the trash-talking squirrels hiding in the dense tree lines that surround holes six and seven. Glenmary Country Club enforces a dress code that requires all players to wear a collared shirt and prohibits denim.
Legendary linksmen and newcomers to the tour fill out the field of 156 players in the 72nd Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club, which is lauded as one of America's 100 greatest golf courses by Golf Digest. Watch as pendulum powerhouses such as Fred Couples, Paul Azinger, and reigning champion Tom Lehman guide dimpled orbs around the course's 42 sand bunkers, terrain lined with trees, and streams where Arnold Palmer practices swimming the butterfly. Meanwhile, an open-air pavilion near Holes 13 and 14 lavishes guests with food and beverages for purchase. Passes are valid for any day of the event; active military personnel receive free grounds admission, and up to four juniors ages 17 and younger can notch free admission with a ticketed adult.
Composed of seven par 3s and two par 4s each no longer than 265 yards, the nine holes of Cherry Valley Golf Course present both the beginning and seasoned golfer with low-stress opportunities for improvement. Players zip around the 1,584-yard stretch aboard 2006-model Club Car Precedent golf carts—a far cry from the options available when the course was built in 1932 and players had to rely on zeppelins for transport. Gerald Mason has served as the head professional since he bought the course in 2001, helping players overcome game hurdles through one-on-one lessons.
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Rated a top-10 course in Louisville by ESPN, Tanglewood Golf Course guides strokes over 200 acres of Kentucky countryside. Wide fairways roll through regions of dense forestation, complicating club selection with rapid changes in elevation and testing the endurance of each player who dares climb its undulations or somersault down its hills. Water comes into play on seven holes, including the picturesque fourth, which doglegs to the right and dares big hitters to muscle their way onto the green in one shot. Back-to-back par 5s in holes 13 and 14 give bold thwackers ample opportunity for scores below par, whereas the 185-yard, uphill 15th can easily add back those strokes for anyone who doesn't choose enough club for its par 3 expanse.
Prior to a round, players can gain familiarity with the range's practice green.
Since 1994, golfers have traversed the bermuda fairways and cleverly dodged the natural springs that mark the course at Indian Springs Golf Club. With water playing a tricky role on every single hole, the par 72 championship track is a true challenge. Holes range from the relatively simple 365-yard par 4 opener to the course's signature 11th. The 18th hole caps the round with a stream that must be crossed three times, plus bunkers that nearly surround the green, forcing players to put their own punctuation mark on the day's festivities.
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Cardinal Club greets golfers with a 7,000-yard course sprawling with pristine greens and bent-grass fairways designed by golf architect Spencer Holt. Members hone chip shots and bunker-sandcastle-building skills at the multi-tiered 22-acre practice facility, where PGA pros sharpen students' skills with individual lessons. An onsite shop matches sportsmen with the ideal equipment for driving, putting, and shooing off ball-snorting aardvarks.At Cardinal Club's spacious dining facility, friends and families trade golf fairways for salad greens and fresh fish and pasta entrees. A casual lounge hosts several TVs for catching the latest sports scores or infomercial 1-800 numbers.Cardinal Club is open from 11–3 on Tuesdays-Saturdays, 5–9 on Fridays, and 10–2 on Sundays.