Valhalla Golf Club

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (3)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7540 yards
  • Slope: 152
  • Rating: 77.6

  • 15503 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40245, Jefferson County
  • (502) 245-1239, (502) 245-1238

Year built: 1986
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus (1986)
Type: Private
Golf Season: Year round


Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes


Driving range: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Denim of any color is not permitted. Gentlemen are asked to wear a collared shirt Mock turtlenecks with a neck length of at least one and one-half inches are acceptable. Shorts may be worn but must not pass below the knees or be higher than four inches a
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed


Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7540 yards 77.6 152
Green 72 6750 yards 72.8 135
Blue 72 6345 yards 70.2 129
Red (W) 72 5075 yards 70.2 124

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 5.0 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 5.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 5.0 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 3 Reviews
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recommend this course

3 out of 3 reviews


Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"The day I beat Ted Bishop"

CharlieRymerGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2014
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

Recently got my 1st round in at Valhalla. The course was in great shape and I received Rock Star treatment. But to be fair, I was in a televised grudge match with Gary Williams and we were playing Ted Bishop and Kenny Perry. And we drilled them ! The staff was amazing and the caddies were very experienced. It's hard to beat good old fashioned southern hospitality mixed in with equal parts passion and knowledge. The golf course is a bit challenging for higher handicap golfers(especially the 6th hole) but this ballpark was built for Major Championships and Big Time events so that it is a sacrifice that had to be made. If you are higher than a 10 handicap you can still enjoy the day, but don't plan on playing the back tees and finishing out on every hole. Better players will be challenged and they can measure their games against the best in the world. My favorite hole is 18. It's got huge potential to create drama. And I did the day I played. (I made birdie to shut out Ted and Kenny...but Gary was right there to make his birdie if it was needed). If you get a chance to tee it up at Valhalla then GO FOR IT! You 'll have a great day. But don't forget to take one of their caddies. Those guys are well worth their fee.

18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good

I recommend this course

"Playground of mortal champions"

MattAdamsGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age: Under 25
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart

Reviewed on

In Nordic mythology, Valhalla is the great hall where the souls of Viking heroes celebrate with the gods. In the earthly realms, Valhalla Golf Club just outside of Louisville, Kentucky is the playground of mortal champions.

In keeping with it’s namesake, Valhalla is a golf course that plays big. At the 2014 PGA Championship, the course played just a hair under 7,500 yards (it can play even longer), but it’s effective length is considerably more because of the sharply rolling landscape. I was surprised at how big the hills were when I saw them the first time. In addition to this, the raised green complexes and false fronts make for a challenging combination. Add in the natural lush growing conditions and a fair amount water (particularly on the font) and you have a course that will give you as much of a challenge as you want.

The front nine is built on the lowest part of the property where thousands of cubic yards of fill were used to insure proper drainage in the case of big storms, so it is fairly open, almost links-like and significantly shaped. The back nine climbs back up the hills and is marked by more trees that have an impact on the ideal lines from the tee and on approach shots. My favorite two holes, by side, are the par 5, 7th a quintessential risk/reward split-fairway beauty of 597 yards and the par 4, 13th that is the shortest par 4 on the course at 350 yards. The fairway is well protected with multiple bunkers and the green is nearly surrounded by water and built up some twenty feet on huge boulders.

If there are golfing gods, then certainly course designer Jack Nicklaus is welcomed among their company. Fitting then, that this Valhalla gives you a chance to revel in the glory of the history and the challenges that define this championship golf experience.

I recommend this course

"A phenomenal theatre for golf's best"

BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/01/2013
Previously played Used cart

Reviewed on

I had the pleasure of walking inside-the-ropes for three days at the 2008 Ryder Cup Matches at Valhalla, which gave me an up-close look at the course and how the best in the world play it.

While the front side is good, it's the back nine that makes this course special. The dramatic 13th hole, an island green surrounded by what feels like a moat, would probably be the most knee-knocking shot for amateurs out here. The pros seem to handle the deft, downhill wedge shot just fine. From 13-thru-17, the low-lying holes surrounded by hillsides make for not only great natural vantage points for spectators but also creates this great roar effect through the course that can be heard all around.

When I heard earlier in 2014 that the PGA was considering making the course a permanent U.S. Ryder Cup venue - not just because it's the last time the U.S. won the thing, but because it's a very exciting design and a phenomenal place to watch golf, whether it's a major championship or the pageantry of the Ryder Cup.

It's a shame the public can't play Valhalla, one of Jack Nicklaus' best works. It's a special place. But attending a major or Ryder Cup as a spectator isn't a bad consolation.

18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

I recommend this course