Abandoned Glenmary Golf Course

Glenmary Golf Course. An 18 hole regulation length public golf course covering 6,560 yards with a 72 par, a slope of 126, and a rating of 72.4 on just over 44 acres of land in Louisville, Kentucky.

Designed by John Addington, the Glenmary Golf Course opened in 1990. These three old posters rested on the floor inside the abandoned clubhouse.  

Glenmary closed in 2015. Financial hard times and a drawn-out lawsuit between the owner of the course and the homeowners association led to the closure of the club with the members sipping beverages, swimming in the pool and golfing one day, and returning to find the pool drained and the property closed to next day.

The homeowners association argued that deed restrictions put in place during the initial development of their subdivision surrounding the golf course prohibits the land where the golf course resides from being used for anything other than recreational purposes. 

Par Golf LLC, argued that the land could be used for other purposes, such as subdivision or housing development.

With that information, the Glenmary Homeowners Association had agreed to purchase the club from Par Golf LLC for an estimated $2.15 million. However, a dispute ensued, and Par Golf LLC sued the homeowners association for breach of contract, accusing the board of breaching the agreement and to renew its plans to develop about 6 acres of the course.

The homeowners association, in turn, sued Par Golf over plans it had filed with the Louisville Metro Department of Planning and Design Services to develop homes on portions of the golf course property.

Neither side was able to swallow their pride, and the country club and the golf course went into disrepair, sitting abandoned for five years as of the Summer of 2020.

PropertyShelf.com claims that the property sold for the asking price of $1, but there is no proof to confidently say that this is factual.

Being built on what was once Glenmary Farm, the clubhouse is actually the old farmhouse. The old well still remains on the property. 

The swimming pool was actually the first in-ground pool to be built in the State of Kentucky. 

It was built where a fort once stood. This fort had a 300-ft escape tunnel out of it that led from the fort (where the pool is) to the farmhouse. This tunnel is said to be haunted by a young lady that was beheaded just before entering the tunnel.

The old barn was used to store maintenance equipment and had locker rooms and showers within it.

To think... it once cost a minimum of $2000 to get a "Platinum Weekday Only Individual Pass." This pass included unlimited golf, use of golf carts, the tennis courts, the pool, and access to the locker room Monday through Friday only. That was your cheapest option unless you were under the age of 18. Then it was $99 per month on a 1-year contract (over $1200 after tax).

This was the one single golf ball we found on the entire property.