Public meetings being held for input on the future of Cherokee Golf Course | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The future plans for Cherokee Golf Course will be discussed this month.

Louisville Metro Councilmember Cassie Chambers Armstrong is hosting two public meetings in April.

The golf course was founded in 1895, and is one of 10 municipally-owned golf courses in Louisville.

According to a news release, the nine-hole course is being operated by Louisville Parks and Recreation staff. It’s the only course without a lease agreement with a PGA professional or nonprofit organization.

“We secured a golf professional to run Bobby Nichols, which was the last one,” said Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation’s Acting Director Margaret Brosko said. “So now we’re moving on to Cherokee, we didn’t have anybody that was that we were able to find to run Cherokee Golf Course.”

Brosko also said compared to the city’s nine other courses, Cherokee does not profit as much.

“Historically, Cherokee Golf Course has not made the same profits or seen the number of rounds played that some of our other, more popular courses do have,” said Brosko.

According to a news release, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy provided a proposal to Parks and Recreation to revitalize the space into an active parkland. Attendees of the public meeting will see the proposal.

In a statement, Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s CEO and President Layla George said:

“As our city faces significant challenges and pressures, we see a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in our collective well-being. Imagine the corner of Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road brought to life with new walking trails, a Pond for “This underutilized, under-performing golf course can be reinvented as a vibrant and welcoming entrance into the most loved and used municipal park in our community.”

Any proposed changes would need to be approved by the Metro Council. Parks and Recreation officials said that no decisions on the future of the course have been made or will be made at the public meetings.

But one avid golfer, and a fan of the Cherokee Golf Course, he prefers to see the space remain a course.

“There’s a real community of people that golf here that I really like,” said golfer Pat Turns. “I’d like it to stay.”

A public meeting will be Hosted at the Douglass Community Center on April 20 at 6 p.m., followed by a meeting on April 25 at Cherokee Golf Course Clubhouse starting at 6 p.m.

Public input can also be emailed to parks@louisvilleky.gov.

The course is still open to the public.

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