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Valhalla Golf Club

Louisville, KY Private

Overview

Given a difficult piece of land on which to create Valhalla (half the site was floodplain, with high-tension power poles), Jack Nicklaus drew on his training under Pete Dye and Desmond Muirhead to produce a unique design, with an alternate fairway par 5, a par 4 with an island green and an 18th green shaped like a horseshoe. Over the decades, Nicklaus returned periodically to update its challenges, and the club rebuilt bunkers and replaced its soft bent grass fairways with firmer, faster zoysia in 2022. Valhalla has proven to be a great championship site. It has hosted three thrilling PGA Championships, the latest Rory McIlroy’s win in 2014, and will host a fourth in 2024.

About

Holes 18
Length 7305
Slope 149
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 1987
Designer Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

100 Greatest: Ranked since 1993.
2023-'24 ranking: 87th.
Previous ranking: 93rd.
Highest ranking: No. 36, 1993-'94.

Best in State: Ranked first since 1989.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.6

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.625
Character
7.6257
Challenge
7.8303
Layout Variety
7.6175
Fun
7.504
Aesthetics
7.4866
Conditioning
7.712

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