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Louisville Municipal Golf could be axed

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The Cherokee Golf Course, located in one of the city’s most iconic parks, could be torn down and turned into a ‘diverse and active park’ as part of a conservation proposal, according to a Louisville Courier-Journal report. local.

Some say the two can co-exist, but the 9-hole course, according to a statement released earlier this month by the city’s parks department, “is the only course without a lease contract with a PGA professional or a non-profit organization”.

“Attempts to bid for course management have yielded no viable options,” the statement from Metro Parks added. “During this process, Parks and Recreation received a proposal from the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to improve Cherokee Park by making improvements and investments to revitalize the golf course property into an active and diverse park.”

Interest in the Olmsted Parks Conservancy extends to at least 2019, when the nonprofit that supports the 17 Olmsted-designed parks in Louisville launched a plan amid nationwide budget cuts of the city to transform the Cherokee Golf Course from a “financially responsible into valuable park space.”

Founded in 1895, four years after famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and the city created Cherokee Park, the golf course is the fifth-oldest municipal golf course in the nation and the oldest of the city’s 10 public courses.

It is one of three public courses in Louisville with nine holes instead of 18 holes.

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