First Tee – Louisville takes over operations at the Bobby Nichols Golf Course
The Louisville Metro government has entered into a definitive agreement with First Tee – Louisville, which this week took over operations at the Bobby Nichols Golf Course, located at 4301 East Pages Lane adjacent to Waverly Park in southwest Louisville.
First Tee – Louisville will manage the nine-hole course, which has been operated by employees of Louisville Parks and Recreation for the past two years. Bobby Nichols is the second Metro course First Tee – Louisville will mentor. After more than a decade of partnering with the city on youth golf programs, it assumed management of the Shawnee Golf Course in 2020.
“The First Tee’s commitment to bringing golf to the youth of Louisville was incredible. They have done a great job at Shawnee Golf Course and I look forward to seeing the team continue their success at Bobby Nichols,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.
In addition to the daily operations of the clubhouse, First Tee – Louisville will continue its mission of introducing the youth to the game of golf.
“We are excited about this partnership at Bobby Nichols and want to improve the golfing experience for all golfers and youth in the South Louisville community,” said First Tee – Louisville Executive Director D’Shawn Johnson.
The nine core values that First Tee – Louisville seeks to instill in the youth involved in the program are honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, trust, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
“Bobby Nichols is one of our longstanding program locations and has a beautiful 9 hole layout. We are thrilled to begin this new operation and look forward to this year and beyond at the facility,” said First Tee – Louisville, director of Golf Blake Hardesty, PGA.
With support from the Metro Council, Louisville Parks and Recreation has restructured its contracts with professionals at seven golf courses and awarded contracts in early 2020. These contracts run until early 2024.
“I look forward to working with First Tee of Louisville as they assume management of the Bobby Nichols Golf Course. Not only will they be a great addition to youth programs in Southwest Louisville, but they will restore golf course and clubhouse services to both regular and new customers,” said Councilwoman Amy Holton Stewart, D-25. “Your commitment to this community is greatly appreciated.”
Louisville’s public golf courses have remained open throughout the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the new contract structure and increased play, Metro reported a $1.3 million increase in revenue in fiscal 2021, making its golf division sustainable for the first time in nearly a decade.
“We are grateful to our golf professionals and maintenance staff who are critical to our success,” said Interim Director Margaret Brosko. “They work tirelessly and are committed to making the game available in this community for anyone who wants to play. Golf is back on track this fiscal year, which will lead to continued improvements and investments across the city.”
Players will notice a new roof and two new bridges at Bobby Nichols. These are just a few of the overall improvements across the system, and more are to come.