Golf combines the complex intermingling of physics and coordination to a level no exoskeleton-toting evil genius has been able to harness at his underground volcano lair. Designed by renowned golf-course architect David Pfaff, Quail Chase Golf Course boasts a picturesque terrain spotted with lush trees, kempt greens, and pop-out shooting-range targets. As Louisville’s only 27-hole championship regulation course, Quail Chase challenges golfers with water hazards, sculpted white-sand bunkers, and an expertly planned layout devoted to elevating the level of play.
An 18-hole, par 72 golf course undulates across the grounds of Glenmary Country Club. The front nine showcase picturesque holes six and seven, both par 4 and nestled into woods with lush foliage framing each fairway like a leafy, squirrel-infested beard. With a large water hazard guarding the 12th hole, golfers aim to vault their shots over the water and onto the green using a 9-iron, wedge, or T-shirt cannon. Before hitting the links, warm up short games at the course's pitching and putting greens or at one of its two outdoor bays for driving.
Home to an event on the 1990 and 1991 Ben Hogan Tours, Pine Valley Golf Resort's challenging par 72 or 73 course touts 6,644 yards of Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. After warming up with two buckets of balls at the driving range—which is conveniently defenseless, lacking both sand traps and golf-ball-eating caddies—players can head out to the natural rolling terrain and demand a fun and challenging round from the scenic course, which is sprinkled with tranquil lakes, oxygen, and a covered bridge. As hauling a golf bag around all day can be tiring, Pine Valley will provide golfers with a motorized cart for stylishly puttering from hole to hole.
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.
Course at a Glance:
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.