About LouisvilleWhen you think of Louisville two things come to mind horse racing and hoops. Add golf to the list. The Ville has some pretty impressive tracks and not just for horses. Start with Valhalla Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus design that's home of the 2008 Ryder Cup and 2014 PGA Championship.
Area native Fuzzy Zoeller brings home two great daily-fee courses in Covered Bridge Golf Club (minutes north of Louisville just off I-65) and Champions Pointe Golf Club. Another winner is Heritage Hill Golf Club, a Doug Beach design that opened in 2007. Off the links, everything starts with the Kentucky Derby.
Enjoy the Kentucky Derby Festival the two weeks prior to the Derby in early April, and make sure to visit the Kentucky Derby Museum for the history of Churchill Downs. Also, make sure to check out the Old Louisville historic district, head to Fourth Street for entertainment and nightlife and visit the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, which showcases the world-famous baseball bats.
Speaking of sports, the University of Louisville is home to many great college sports teams, including basketball. No matter what you do in Louisville, it's a sure bet that you'll have a good time.
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Charlie Vettiner Golf Course, one of nine metropark courses in the greater Louisville area, is where the locals play. It's easy to see why the course gets a lot of repeat visitors. It's challenging, rated the seventh most difficult in Kentucky, and features a good amount of hole variety on gently rolling terrain, Brandon Tucker writes.
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You will never stay at another hotel quite like French Lick Resort's West Baden Springs Hotel, whose enormous atrium could practically host a Major League Baseball game, and you will never play another course quite like the resort's Dye Course, which from day one could host a PGA event. It is no exaggeration to call French Lick, Ind. the most unique golf destination you've never heard of, Kiel Christianson writes. It is certainly worth the trip.
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Long before Larry Bird honed his jump shot on hoops in nearby West Baden Springs, or Indiana native Pete Dye agreed to come back and build a new golf course on some of the state's highest mountaintop terrain, there was the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Springs Resort in southern Indiana. The Ross Course has indeed stood the test of time, Brandon Tucker writes.
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From French Lick, Indiana, to Michigan's upper penninsula, the Midwest has plenty of places to golf and gamble
The nationwide explosion of casino gambling has fueled an interesting side effect -- a nationwide explosion of casino golf courses, often of better quality and at lower prices than their non-casino peers. Many examples of this -- including some of the oldest, some of the newest and the only casino course to ever host a major -- are spread throughout the vast expanse that is the Midwest.
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