Wednesday September 1, 2010
Charlie Vettiner Golf Course
, located on Mary Dell Lane in eastern Louisville, has long been considered one of the jewels of the Metro Parks golf system.
But the clubhouse, often cramped during weather delays and during peak play times, hasn’t always matched the status of the golf course itself.
Mayor Jerry Abramson, Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz and Metro Councilman Stuart Benson (District 20) joined others for a groundbreaking ceremony at Charlie Vettiner today that kicks off construction on a new clubhouse, which is expected to debut in time for the 2011 golf season.
“Charlie Vettiner is one of our flagship golf courses and has produced more local golf champions than any course in our system,” Abramson said. “Recent graduates of our junior program have gone on to play golf in college and even become college golf All-Americans. When construction is complete, the thousands of golfers who enjoy the course each year will have a clubhouse that will rival it in quality.”
Highlights of the $1 million project will include a new, 4,400 square foot pavilion; 1,000 additional square feet of air conditioned clubhouse space, including an improved pro shop and snack bar; and 2,000 additional square feet of patio space, perfect for picnics and outings. The entire facility, when complete, will be approximately 10,000 square feet – three times as large as the old clubhouse.
The new construction will be located within a few hundred feet of the old facility, near the putting green. Eventually, the old clubhouse will be torn down after the new one is built, and an improved cart path will track through the porch area. The pro shop and snack bar will continue to be operated out of the old clubhouse while construction is ongoing. The new clubhouse also will provide a much more scenic view of the golf course, allowing staff to better monitor the tee boxes at the 1st and 10th holes as well as the 9th and 18th greens.
The project was approved by the Metro Council as part of the Metro Parks 2011 Capital Budget. The existing clubhouse at Charlie Vettiiner was designed more than 40 years ago and was meant to serve the needs of a nine-hole golf course. It has seen no significant improvements in the last 15 years.
“With an additional 1,000 square feet of space, our new clubhouse will not nearly be as cramped as before,” Heitz said. “The lack of space made it hard for our golfers to relax, especially when bad weather hit or we were hosting major events at Vettiner.”
Along with the improvements to the clubhouse, Metro Parks is improving golf cart storage and staging - as well as reconfiguring a few of the golf holes - so pedestrian traffic can move around the grounds in a much safer manner. A new golf cart storage facility is being built by Metro Parks staff, and the old cart storage will be taken down and recycled at another golf course.
Construction of the new facility, weather permitting, will be complete in Spring 2011.
About Charlie Vettiner Golf Course:
Charlie Vettiner Golf Course, rated as one of the most challenging courses in Kentucky, includes rolling hills, bent grass greens, zoysia fairways, 50 white sand bunkers and tree-lined fairways. It is located adjacent to Charlie Vettiner Park, which features a fishing lake, fitness course, hiking trails, and playground for complete family entertainment. The PGA Professional at Charlie Vettiner is Mark Kemper. For more information, call 502/267-9958, or visit http://www.charlievettiner.com/. The course is located at 10207 Mary Dell Lane, off of Billtown Road in eastern Louisville.
About Metro Parks Golf:
Louisville's nine public golf courses offer a quality golfing experience at some of the most affordable prices in the nation. Each course has its own unique character, and some consistently rank among Kentucky's best and most challenging courses. Metro Parks operates nine municipally-owned golf courses that are challenging to everyone from beginners to scratch golfers.
- Bobby Nichols Golf Course, 4301 E. Pages Lane, 502/937-9051 (9 holes)
- Charlie Vettiner Golf Course, 10207 Mary Dell Lane, 502/267-9958 (18 holes)
- Cherokee Golf Course, 2501 Alexander Road, 502/458-9450 (9 holes)
- Crescent Hill Golf Course, 3110 Brownsboro Road, 502/896-9193 (9 holes)
- Iroquois Golf Course, 1501 Rundill Road, 502/363-9520 (18 holes)
- Long Run Golf Course, 1605 Flat Rock Road, 502/245-9015 (18 holes)
- Seneca Golf Course, 2300 Pee Wee Reese Blvd, 502/458-9298 (18 holes)
- Shawnee Golf Course, 460 Northwestern Parkway, 502/776-9389 (18 holes)
- Sun Valley Golf Course, 6505 Bethany Lane, 502/937-9228 (18 holes)