Hey Vince, UofL Golf Course a great setting for Cardinal Caravans

Bring back the Cardinal Caravans.

The observer made it out to Simpsonville on Monday for the annual Press Box Classic at the University of Louisville Golf Club. A welcome respite from the dearth of UofL activities in which to become engaged over the past several weeks.

A reunion of sorts for many of the sportswriters, the bloggers, the broadcasters, the personalities gathering once again for a fun event. The decibel meter reaching peak levels, with the media types and occasional golfers enjoying the free golf, the pulled pork sandwiches, the door prizes and familiar faces.

Kenny Klein is there, of course, overseeing the 21st annual event, along with Athletic Director Vince Tyra, Baseball Coach Dan McDonnell and Volleyball Coach Dani Keely, and Women’s Athletic Director Christine Herring.

“We’re just here to have fun, have a good time and enjoy each other,” he says. “One of my favorite events every year, getting to know people we work with on a more casual basis in a great setting.”

And what a great setting it is.

The UofL Golf Club has undergone significant changes since being purchased by the University five years ago, investing more than $11 million into the golf program’s home course. Changes include numerous new water hazards, new tee sites and longer holes, and continued modernization of the clubhouse and dining facilities.

One thing that has been missing on the UofL calendar the last three years has been the Cardinal Caravan. These were great events, enabling fans, coaches, players, cheerleaders, Ladybirds and pep band members to mingle in an informal atmosphere.

The need for such an event is even greater considering all the changes that have occurred over the last three years on campus. Fans deserve opportunities to get to know UofL people better, the people they have remained faithful and supportive of during some very challenging times.

Having the event at the Simpsonsville venue would be a great way to show off one of the University’s most desirable facilities, a great promotion for the club, probably resulting in some new memberships and strengthening relationships between UofL and its many fans.

Bring back the Cardinal Caravans, Vince. There’s no better setting than the UofL Golf Club.

Transformed links, clubhouse ready for UofL golfers

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Tom Jurich always demands the Wow factor when he builds something, and he’s done it again.

There’s a lot to like about the new University of Louisville Golf Club, which after several months of renovation and expansion, was unveiled for the first time to the local media on Monday in Simpsonville.  The former Cardinal Club was acquired by the University last year, giving UofL the ability to upgrade the course as the school enters the Atlantic Coast Conference.U of Louisville Golf Club-2

The course has been completely redesigned from the first green to the 18th hole using the latest technology available. The actual course has been lengthened from 7,000 yards to 7,150 yards, with five championship tees making the course more relevant to the college game. A 22-acre practice facility has been redesigned and reconstructed as well, and all the golf paths have been repaved.

The entrances have been upgraded, including a unique water feature in the median that leads to the renovated club house.

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