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AUG 2014

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE PGA 9 Valhalla Golf Club No. 6, aka "The Bear" Length: 474 yards Par: 4 Course type: Private 15503 Shelbyville Road Floyds Fork creek cuts across the fairway, limiting the distance of a tee shot. To make up for the shortened drive, a 225-yard second shot is necessary to reach the green, which is diffcult even with a 3-wood. On the other hand, you're playing on one of the fnest courses in the world. Valhalla hosted the Ryder Cup in 2008 and the PGA Championship in 1996, 2000. (The PGA returns to Valhalla this month.) Tiger Woods won there on his historic 2000 campaign, win- ning a record three out of golf's four major championships in one year. So savor every frustrating moment. Long Run Golf Course No. 14 Length: 470 yards Par: 4 Course type: Public 1605 Flat Rock Road Landscape architects Miller, Wihry and Brooks originally designed this course to have nine easy holes. In the early 1980s, however, the city decided to cut into the thick woods just east of the course and built a back nine. These new tree-enclosed holes are furiously diffcult, especially No. 14. The fairway curves down into a valley and then rises back up to an elevated green, which requires a grueling, uphill, 200- yard approach shot. Hurstbourne Country Club No. 2 Length: 455 yards Par: 4 Course type: Private 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Hurstbourne No. 2 is evil. Pure evil. Golfers have to show restraint, as almost any tee shot longer than 200 yards lands either in the tight out-of-bounds area or in the large bunker on the left side of the fairway. That bunker seems to have a golf ball magnet buried in the sand. Any ball hit to the right side of the fairway must contend with giant trees that line the grass' edge like paparazzi leaning over a barricade to desperately snap a photo of a red-carpet star. A well-placed tee shot leaves the golfer with another tough hit: 220 yards over a second lake and past the two NFL lineman-sized bunkers guarding a hilly green. Shooting below par on this hole is nothing short of a miracle. Renaissance Fun Park No. 3 (Red Course) Length: Five yards or so Par: 3 Course type: Mini-golf 201 Park Place Drive Ambitious putters usually try hitting a hard shot along the hill at the frst turn. This launches the ball out of bounds onto an adjacent hole and can be extremely embar- rassing for anyone trying to show off on a date, or so I've heard. Long Run Golf Course No. 15 Length: 478 yards Par: 4 Like a one-two punch, this long par 4 follows Long Run's No. 14. An approach shot over a lake lands the ball on a "turtleback" green, which means that a hill in the middle of the green rolls any errant putts away from the hole. Turtleback greens are golf's way of giving players the middle fnger. There is no good way to play this hole; only a golfer with an immaculate short game can shoot a birdie.

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