Etscorn’s Guide to Louisville Public Golf Courses
April 24, 2023
If you are in Louisville and it’s a warm weekend, you might be looking to play some golf. Here is a variety of public courses to play…
Address: 3123 Nevel Meade Dr, Prospect, KY 40059
Weekend Rates: 18 and older green fee and cart ($50)
Junior rate (17 and under) green fee only ($22)
Cart fee 18 holes ($18)
Cart fee 9 holes ($10)
My personal favorite public course that is affordable and accessible is Nevel Meade. This links-style course is on the easier side for the average golfer because it’s so wide open with limited hazards. If you want to make it more challenging, you can tip it out at 6,844 yards, but if you catch it on a windy day it’s playing over 7,000 yards. This, along with the hills and the way the greens are shaped, will make for a tough round.
Seneca Golf Course
Address: 2300 Pee Wee Reese Rd, Louisville, KY 40205
Weekend Rates: 19 and older green fee and cart ($18)
Junior rate (13-18) greens fee ($5)
12 and under (FREE)
Cart fee 18 holes ($9)
Cart fee 9 holes – ($5)
If you are just getting started in the golf world then this is the course for you. Seneca is one of the nicer public courses that Louisville Metro has. The greens aren’t too hard, and the play style of the course is not over the top. There is a driving range and a practice putting green with a separate chipping green. This course at the back tees is around 7,100 yards. If you want to play affordable golf, this is the course for you.
Address: 10207 Mary Dell Ln, Louisville, KY 40299
Weekend Rates: 18 and older walking ($24)
Cart fee 18 holes: ($16)
Cart fee 9 holes: ($9)
Tournament golf is always important, and if you want a good challenging course, this is the one. This course is hilly and twisty. Not only that, there are a lot of trees that can get in your way. From the tips, this course caps out at 6,905 yards. Don’t let that fool you; you’re getting all of that yardage when you play.
Address: 4221 KY-1694, Prospect, KY 40059
Weekend Rates: 9 holes ($12)
18 holes ($18)
9 holes with cart ($22)
18 holes with cart ($28)
Some days you just want to play a relaxed nine holes with your friends, and this is the course you want. It’s a course where you can just roll up on the spot and make a tee time. It’s more of a first-come, first-served course. This course is family-owned out in the countryside of Prospect. When playing, there are some sneaky little things about the course. You need to remember that there is a small pond that you can’t see off the tee on hole number eight.
Address: 3110 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40206
Weekend Rates: 9 holes ($21)
9 holes junior ($13.50)
9 holes with cart ($30)
If it’s your first time playing golf ever, this is a lower-end golf course for first-timers. If you do not care what the course conditions are like, this is for you. This nine-hole golf course is just over 3,000 yards. This course is on the hilly side, so there are some blind approach shots when in the fairway. The course is maintained pretty well, but the fairways are quite long and the greens are slow.
Address: 7000 Cooper Chapel Rd, Louisville, KY 40229
Weekend Rates: 18 holes ($26)
9 holes ($17)
18 holes with cart ($44)
9 holes with cart ($27)
Youth on Course ($5.30) (after 12 p.m.)
On the more southern side of Louisville, there is a special course known as Quail Chase. The unique thing about this course is that it has 27 holes. This golf course is set up for three sets of nine, and you can pick which two sets to play. The three courses are called West, East and South courses.
Address: 1050 Valley View Dr, Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Weekend Rates: 18 holes with cart ($65)
If I had to pick one course on this list to play for the rest of my life, it would be this one. Heritage Hill is on the higher end of public courses in the Louisville area. This course has everything you want in a public golf course. It has a good course layout with fun holes; also, it’s always in great condition.