The Golf Course
Designed in 1908 by Thomas Bendelow, the Audubon Country Club golf course has been regarded as one of the finest championship golf courses in the region for more than a century. The golf course features tree lined zoysia fairways and bentgrass putting greens and measures just over 6,800 yards from the championship tees. Recent updates by local architect, Spencer Holt, have kept the course current in its presentation.
Lifetime home to hall of famers Pee Wee Reese and Paul Hornung, Audubon has entertained public figures like Bobby Jones, Bing Crosby, Happy Chandler, Walter Hagen, Babe Zaharias and Carol Channing in its storied past. In recent years, Audubon has been the frequent host of the Kentucky Open, Kentucky State Amateur, Kentucky Senior Amateur and KGA Mid-Amateur state championships. With its natural setting, close proximity to downtown as well as the University of Louisville and other Louisville landmarks, Audubon is the perfect country club home for golfers of all ages and ability levels.
Head Golf Professional
Eric Gilliland has been the Head PGA Professional at Audubon Country Club since 1999. A graduate of Centre College, Eric served Audubon as an Assistant Professional from 1994 to 1996 and was the Head Golf Professional at Oxmoor Country Club from 1996 to 1999. Eric has been an active member of the Kentucky PGA, serving three terms on its Board of Directors and heading muitiple committees. He was recognized as KPGA Golf Professional of the Year in 2004, and Merchandiser of the Year in 2002, 2013 and 2014. Eric was also named the Horton Smith Award winner in 2008 and the Bill Strausbaugh Award winner in both 2005 and 2010. Most recently, Eric was awarded the KPGA Deacon Palmer award in 2016 and 2017. The award recognizes a PGA member for outstanding integrity, character, and leadership in the effort to overcome a major obstacle in his or her life. The PGA of America named Eric National Finalist for Merchandiser of the Year and twice for the Deacon Palmer Award.
Golf Course Superintendent
Chris Knockwafel has been the Head Golf Course Superintendent since 2016, and an employee of Audubon Country Club since 1993. He previously served as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. Chris is a graduate of St. Xavier High School and the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science with an emphasis in turfgrass. Since 2002, he has served as a member of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America (GCSAA), Kentuckiana Golf Course Superintendent’s Association (KGCSA), and Kentucky Turfgrass Council (KTC).