Parks and Recreation, Councilwoman Armstrong to host public conferences on the way forward for Cherokee Golf Course


Louisville Parks and Recreation and Council Member Cassie Chambers Armstrong are hosting two public meetings in April to discuss the future of the Cherokee Golf Course. The Cherokee Golf Course was established in 1895, four years after the design office of noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and the City of Louisville established Cherokee Park. The city of Louisville currently has 10 municipal golf courses.

Cherokee, one of three nine-hole courses in the system, is currently operated by employees of Louisville Parks and Recreation and is the only course not leased to a PGA professional or not-for-profit organization. Attempts to provide course leadership yielded no viable options.

During this process, Parks and Recreation received a proposal from the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to enhance Cherokee Park through improvements and investments to revitalize the golf course property into an active and diverse parkland. The participants of the public sessions are introduced to this idea and can share their feedback.

Parks and Recreation officials emphasized that no decisions regarding the course’s future have been or will be made at these public meetings. Soliciting input from the community is the first step in this process, and all decisions must follow existing regulation 42.44. This process ends with all proposed changes to the course being approved by the Metro Council.

The only point of discussion will be receiving public input on the future of the Cherokee golf course. Comments regarding the future of the Cherokee Golf Course and course operations may also be emailed to [email protected].

Public Sessions:

* Wednesday, April 20, 6-7 p.m. – Douglass Community Center, 2305 Douglass Blvd., 40205

* Monday, April 25, 6-7pm – Cherokee Golf Course Clubhouse, 2501 Alexander Road, 40204


About Louisville Parks and Recreation Louisville Parks and Recreation, a state-accredited parks and recreation agency, manages 120 parks and six park trails on more than 13,000 acres and operates recreation programs for residents of all ages and abilities. The department, led by Mayor Greg Fischer, works to ensure equity in parks and recreation. We strive to provide greater access to nature for those seeking nature-rich experiences, no matter where they live. This has prompted Louisville Parks and Recreation to expand the West Louisville Outdoor Recreation Initiative, Louisville’s Engaging Children Outdoors (ECHO) program, and recently we became the third city in the country to initiate an equity review of all of its city-owned parks and amenities.