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Go golfing in Louisville

There are a plethora of places to play and watch this centuries-old sport.

2024 PGA Championship

Valhalla opened in 1986 and has hosted several PGA events, including the 2008 Ryder Cup + three PGA Championships.

Photo by PGA of America/Valhalla Golf Club

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Derby City golfers love the sport so much, they even play in the dead of winter. They’re also already prepping for the 2024 PGA Championship at Louisville’s Valhalla Golf Club in May 2024.

The annual professional golf tournament at the recently renovated course — designed by retired pro golfer Jack Nicklaus — is expected to attract 200,000+ spectators to LOU. This equates to a $200 million boost to our local economy.

But before you start dreaming of all the celebs you might spot at Valhalla, consider getting a few hits in yourself. Even if you’re new to the game, we’ve rounded up some ways for you to join in on the par-tee.

All-ages clinic

There’s a free youth and adult golf clinic being offered at Shawnee Golf Course at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 19. Attendees can get golf instruction while enjoying treats from a food truck + shopping at a kidpreneur pop-up shop.

Four-day expo

For a more extensive golf experience, the African American Golf Expo and Forum is coming to the Galt House August 19-22. The $99 registration fee includes exhibits, learning sessions + meetings with golf industry leaders.

view toward the golf bays at Top golf Louisville

Topgolf features pay-by-the-hour bays + food and drink options that are brought to you while you play.

Photo by Topgolf Louisville

Casual golf games

If you’re not quite ready for a full-blown golf outing, take some practice swings at Top Golf on Oxmoor Lane. Three floors of climate-controlled bays are open year-round, and start at $28 per hour. Or for a smaller-scale, kid-friendly option, check out mini-golf spots like the Putt-Putt Fun Center or Malibu Jack’s. And keep Puttshack in mind — its first Louisville location is slated to open next year.

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