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.
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.
A great deal of love and care has obviously gone into the redesign of the clubhouse, including a focus on UofL’s achievements in all sports and some of the school’s all-time greats. Members of the current golf teams — men’s and women’s — are prominently featured in the facility.
The club store features a wide variety of adidas-branded UofL gear, including some freshly designed multi-colored UofL golf shirts. We can only buy so many red and black shirts, you know. Nice to have variety.
The clubhouse includes The Ville Restaurant and Lounge, with more reminders of UofL milestones, and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday brunches are coming in September.