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AUG 2014

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8 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE PGA PGA Hazards Ahead Hazard Fairway Green Water Trees Hole Tee Golf in Louisville began in 1886, when tobacco businessman George C. Patton and a handful of colleagues opened a six-hole course and a clubhouse on South Third Street. Nine years later, the city opened Cherokee Golf Course, the ffth public golf course ever in the United States. As golf's popularity grew in the early-20th century, the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. began producing golf clubs in 1916. H&B's clubs never sold like its Slugger baseball bats, but New Albany, Indiana, native Fuzzy Zoeller used H&B clubs to win the 1979 Masters Tournament and the 1984 U.S. Open. Metro Parks operates Louisville's public courses. Private courses are a different beast entirely, requiring an expensive membership to play. Outsiders can fnd a member willing to take them (Craigslist, anyone?) or speak with one of the public course's PGA professionals, who should have the connections to dig up a guest pass. We talked to those same golf pros to help us determine the nine most diffcult holes in town, most of which are in the (far) East End. The nine most diffcult golf holes in Louisville. By Will Ryan Charlie Vettiner Golf Course No. 18 Length: 544 yards Par: 5 Course type: Public 10207 Mary Dell Lane With an uphill tee shot over a lake and a long fairway, this hole is capped off by what PGA pro Mark Kemper describes as a "decep- tively undulating" green guarded by three large sand traps. Golfers need a powerful stroke and the fnesse to hit an accurate approach shot onto the green to make par. Seneca Golf Course No. 3 Length: 584 yards Par: 5 Course type: Public 2300 Pee Wee Reese Road A long par 5, this hole is relatively straightforward until the green, which features a large ridge running across the middle. The ground is steeply sloped on either side, making an accurate putt nearly impossible if the approach shot lands on the wrong half of the green. Big Spring Country Club No. 11 Length: 463 yards Par: 4 Course type: Private 5901 Dutchmans Lane Before Valhalla Golf Club opened in 1986, Big Spring boasted the premier golf course in the city. The club held the 1952 PGA Cham- pionship. On No. 11, an accurate tee shot is extremely important to get around the sand trap and trees that hug the right side of the fairway. Persimmon Ridge Golf Course No. 13 Length: 388 yards Par: 4 Course type: Private 72 Persimmon Ridge Drive This hole plays more like 460 or 470 yards as serious golfers hug the right edge of the fairway, away from a lake that runs along the opposite side. Alternatively, casual golfers can skip this hole altogether and go fshing in the lake, a popular attraction for the residents of Persimmon Ridge's upscale neighborhood.

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